Madeleine McCann suspects Christian Brueckner of claiming German police are vying to charge him with multiple crimes in hopes he will crack and confess.
Brueckner, 45, is already serving a seven-year prison sentence for a rape he committed in Portugal in 2005.
He said the police were trying to get him to confess to a series of other crimes so he could “escape this mental torture”.
Brueckner spent many years in Portugal, including in the resort town of Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance there in 2007, but denies any involvement and has not been charged – although he is being investigated on suspicion of her murder.
Madeleine McCann suspect (right) Christian Brueckner, 45 (left), said German police were trying to get him to confess to a series of other crimes.
Madeleine vanished from this apartment in the seaside resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal, while vacationing there with her family in 2007
In a prison letter obtained by The Mirror, the convicted German rapist wrote: ‘There is no evidence that I committed any of these crimes. No DNA, nothing.
“The prosecution is trying to trap me and hope that I will capitulate under mental pressure.”
“They hope I’ll just say ‘yes’ to anything that gives me a chance to escape this mental torture.”
German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said Maddie was dead and he was “100 per cent sure” Brueckner was to blame.
He said investigators were “solely” working on the investigation.
Last month, Brueckner was charged last month with a string of sex crimes – but none of them are linked to the British girl’s disappearance.
Christian Brueckner (left), was charged last month with a series of sex offenses that allegedly took place in the Algarve between 2000 and 2017. He is also suspected of kidnapping Maddie (right) in the same region in 2007, but was not charged
Brueckner was not charged last month over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from parents Kate and Gerry’s (pictured) holiday apartment in Praia da Luz
Brueckner was named as the man responsible for the kidnapping of Madeleine in May 2007 two years ago by German police in a fanfare that attracted worldwide media attention.
Until last month, no charges had been brought and the investigation had failed to positively link him to Madeleine, although prosecutors gave the heartbreaking news that they had ‘concrete evidence’ that the little girl daughter was dead and that Brueckner was the culprit.
German investigators charged him on October 11 with five offenses between 2000 and 2017, when Brueckner traveled between his native Germany and Portugal.
These include the rapes of two unknown women in Portugal, the rape of a 20-year-old Irish woman in 2004, the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old German woman in April 2007 on a Portuguese beach – near where Madeleine has disappeared. just a month later – and another sexual abuse case in 2017, again in Portugal.
Brueckner’s lawyer, Friedrich Fulscher, said the new charges came as a ‘complete surprise’ to him and his client, and said they were based on ‘dubious witnesses and video evidence that no one knows. could find”.
The charges relating to the rapes of the two strangers come after police were made aware of a video recording of Brueckner allegedly attacking them.
Helge Busching and Manfred Seyferth – two key witnesses and former friends of Brueckner – allegedly stole the camera with the recording from the German’s home near Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve coast.
In the footage – which has since disappeared – they depict how an elderly woman and young girl are raped by a man they identify as Brueckner.
Brueckner is now charged with five sexual assaults in the same area where Maddie disappeared in 2007. He has been named the prime suspect in her disappearance, but has not been charged.
The charges against Brueckner include a rape that allegedly took place between December 28, 2000 and April 8, 2006 of an unknown woman in her 70s and 80s.
He reportedly tied up the woman and raped her in the bedroom of her vacation apartment and beat her with a whip while filming her ordeal.
On another day between the same dates, he is accused of raping an unknown 14-year-old German-speaking girl at his home in Praia da Luz in the same way, allegedly tying her up and filming the act.
In June 2004, the accused allegedly had night access to the apartment of an Irish woman then aged 20 via the balcony of Praia da Rocha. The sleeping woman was then woken by the masked suspect at knifepoint and raped.
The defendant also reportedly filmed much of the attack with a video camera he had brought.
In April 2007, the accused allegedly ambushed a 10-year-old German girl playing on Salema beach in the Faro district of Portugal, dressed only in shoes and otherwise naked. He allegedly forced her to watch him perform a sexual act.
Ten years later, he allegedly committed a similar crime against a girl in a playground in Bartolomeu de Messines in Portugal. Prosecutors said the girl ran to her father for help and the suspect was arrested by Portuguese police at the scene.
According to German law, German nationals accused of crimes in other countries can be tried in their country of origin.
Investigators believe the 45-year-old also killed Madeleine, then three, after abducting her from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007. However, he does not has not been charged with her disappearance.
Brueckner, who reportedly denied any involvement in the case, was identified as a suspect in the McCann case by Portuguese officials in June 2020.