February 3, 2006

Probe deepens in double murder mystery

By Jason Szep

BOSTON (Reuters) - He is described as a "person of
interest" in the double murder mystery of a slain woman and
their infant daughter in Massachusetts.

But police said on Friday Briton Neil Entwistle is just one
of several people who may hold important clues to the killings
of 27-year-old Rachel Souza Entwistle and 9-month-old Lillian
Rose, in a mystery followed closely in two continents.

The two were found dead on January 22 under layers of
bedding in the master bedroom of their home in a quiet
neighborhood of Hopkinton, about 30 miles west of Boston. Both
had been shot with a small-caliber gun that has not been found.

No arrests have been made.

Husband and father Neil Entwistle, who flew to his native
England around the estimated time of the murders, is someone
whom Massachusetts police say they would like to question.

On the advice of his attorney he rebuffed Massachusetts
detectives who flew to London to interview him, the Boston
Globe reported, quoting a source with direct knowledge of the

"Neil Entwistle is still considered a person of interest in
this investigation, however reports that we have indicated that
he is the only person of interest are not accurate," Middlesex
District Attorney Martha Coakley said in a statement on Friday.

She said there are a number of people -- friends, family,
former colleagues and U.S. or British acquaintances -- who may
have information that could advance an investigation that has
captured public attention on both sides of the Atlantic.

Coakley's spokeswoman, Emily LaGrassa, said the Middlesex
district attorney's office has never called Neil Entwistle a
suspect. "This office never identifies suspects as a matter of
policy," she said.

The case is drawing intense attention in prime-time
television news and talk radio, as broadcasters and callers
ruminate over what went wrong in the white colonial home of a
seemingly happy couple in a quiet, affluent neighborhood.

"It's so sad," said Abby Holmes, a 29-year-old resident of
Plymouth, where a funeral for Rachel and Lillian Rose was held
on Wednesday before they were buried together in a single

Neil Entwistle, a 27-year-old computer engineer and
Internet entrepreneur, has stayed at his family home in
Worksop, England, and did not attend the funeral, where the
Catholic priests and other speakers did not mention him.

Rachel met Neil Entwistle in England as a college student
and married him in Plymouth in 2003. They had lived in
Hopkinton for just 10 days before the murders. People found the
killings particularly shocking because they appeared to be a
happy couple and photographs posted on their personal Web site
portrayed a family overjoyed with their new baby.

But Neil Entwistle's eBay business, in which he sold
get-rich-quick schemes and how-to manuals for pornography
sites, ran into trouble and was shut down by eBay days before
the murder after customer complaints.

British media have speculated that the killings appeared to
have been execution-style, with Rachel slain by two bullets --
one to the head and the other to the torso. There were no signs
of a struggle or forced entry to the home.