By Richard Hartley-Parkinson | Metro |
A convicted paedophile claimed that he had killed Madeleine McCann in a sick bid to try and get in touch with parents Kate and Gerry.
Aaron Collis, a former nursery worker, admitted 11 sex offences against children in 2009, two years after Maddie vanished.
He started a website on which he claimed that he misled police during their investigations, wasting police time.
He said that he had killed Madeleine after seeing her in France in 2007. Since then he said that his family has been threatened by vigilantes.
Collis, who worked at Funky Fun House play centre and Snap! nursery, was outed as a paedophile when a neighbour found child abuse images on a camera he borrowed.
Collis has now spoken to his local newspaper, the Cambridge News, to tell them why he did it.
He said: ‘I was doing it to mess [the police] around because I enjoyed it. I still do find it funny.’
He claims he is now being held in a ‘medium secure hospital’ and has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
He added: ‘There’s a difference between narcissistic behaviour and the truth. The reasons I lied was to service my own purposes. I’ve got no reason to lie about anything else.’
He added: ‘I’d rather people hate me than nothing at all. At least it’s an emotion. I want people to love me or hate me. I don’t want people to think I’m insignificant.’
He also told the newspaper that paedophiles should be given more respect and treated differently and has previously spoken about being chemically castrated.
Madeleine disappeared from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007 aged three.
Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, vowed to ‘never give up’ hope of finding their daughter.
Since 2011, the Metropolitan Police have been assisting with the search for clues about what happened to the youngster, with officers visiting the holiday resort in 2014.