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June 19, 2008

Case Against Neil Entwistle Reveals Deadly Internet Searches

Neil Entwistle did an Internet search for how to kill with a knife on his laptop computer. A few days later his wife Rachel and daughter Lillian Rose were dead. Murdered by gunshot and left in the master bedroom. Entwistle bought a ticket for a flight back to his native England. Now he is accused of murdering his family and prosecutors are using his laptop as evidence. Entwistle searched for sex and ways to kill with a knife along with suicide and homicide in the days leading up to the murdering of his family.

January 16, 2003 was the date that Entwistle googled “how to kill with a knife”. Four days later his wife and child were murdered. We all know that spouses are prime suspects when their wives or husbands are murdered. Not to mention, suspicion mounts when one is searching for such information on the Internet. Entwistle was also the one who found the bodies. He claims that Rachel and Lillian were dead when he returned home from shopping. So it was just a coincidence that Entwistle googled these subjects just days before the murders.

I don’t understand why people do not take into account that the Internet is not a journal, friend or therapist. Whatever you type into the search box can be retraced and used against you. When you are searching for information online it is important to recognize that no search is private so if you are considering committing a crime doing Internet research is not wise.

Of course Internet searches are not strong enough evidence to convict someone. However, I think that information from an Internet search is a good clue. What do we search for on the Internet? Things that we have been thinking about and need or want more information on. It just doesn’t look good when a man has been searching for escort services, how to murder with a knife, and the topics of suicide and homicide and then his family ends up dead.

After Entwistle was home in Worksop, England he asked his father-in-law if Rachel and Lillian could be buried together because “that’s the way that I left them.” That quote can be interpreted in a couple of different ways. A quote like that could be given if a man left his wife and daughter snoozing in a bed together only to find them tragically murdered upon return. The other interpretation if this comment is that he murdered them and left them there together. A sick person’s mind may produce such thoughts and allow them to spill out of their mouths without recognizing how ominous it sounds.

Neil Entwistle’s DNA was found on his in-laws gun rack. While his father-in-law acknowledges that Entwistle had gone out shooting with him years before, the gun that killed Rachel and Lillian was a .22 from the gun collection. It is alleged that Entwistle drove close to an hour to get the gun, shoot his wife and child and drove back to put the gun in the case. The evidence seems to be overwhelming at this point.

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  1. Sharona | Jun 19, 2008 | Reply

    I have been vlogging the testimony of this trial. Yesterday (18th) some damning evidence came in about the keystrokes (internet history) on the laptop prior to death. I summarized some of the highlights from the internet history brought into testimony yesterday on my vlog on YouTube. Here’s the clip.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByNbzTw1ywA

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