June 17, 2008

Detective: Entwistle Laptop Googled ‘How to Kill With a Knife’

WOBURN -- A Medford detective testified today that a computer taken from Neil Entwistle's home was used for a Google search on "how to kill with a knife" four days before the brainy Brit's wife and child were found murdered.

Det. Lawrence James, the 40th witness called in the double-murder trial of the electrical engineer, said six key words were tapped into a Toshiba computer on Jan. 16, 2006.

The words "how to kill with a knife" were uncovered by an analysis of the computer's hard drive, the detective testified. He said the Google file was contained in a computer file titled "ent."

That file, James said, was password protected and could only be used by the system's administrator.

Prosecutors allege Entwistle, 29, killed his wife, Rachel, 27, and baby girl, Lillian Rose, 9 months, on Jan. 20, 2006, in their rented Hopkinton home. Neil Entwistle is accused of surfing the Web on ways to kill in the days leading up to the murders.

Soon after the detective began his testimony, Judge Diane Kottmyer jumped in and instructed jurors to only consider the evidence of alleged Internet searches for a "limited purpose."

She told jurors to use the testimony to help determine the "relationship" between the defendant and his family, his possible state of mind or as a "question of motive."

Court papers already filed in Middlesex Superior Court allege Neil Entwistle used his laptop computers to hunt online for ways to kill, dial up escort services and download Yahoo and MapQuest maps of Worcester where some of those escorts are located.

Some of the sites the prosecution alleges were visited include -- "eye candy entertainment, blonde beauty escort services, exotic express and sweet temptations."

James is still on the stand going over computer records set to come up tomorrow as lawyers continue to battle in this case for what will, or will not, go before the jury.