Jury hears audio of investigator questioning Entwistle
For more than two hours, Neil Entwistle answered questions from a state police investigator about finding his wife and daughter’s bodies and about his actions afterward, and the jury in his murder trial heard it all Friday.
By telephone, Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Robert Manning questioned Entwistle, who was at his parent’s Worksop, England, home, on Jan. 23, 2006, the day after police discovered the bodies of Rachel, 27, and Lillian Rose Entwistle, 9 months, in their home at 6 Cubs Path, Hopkinton.
In a recording of that interview played for jurors, Manning at times offered condolences, and at other times put Entwistle on the defensive, questioning him about his story.
While the CD played, uninterrupted, friends and members of Rachel’s family looked down and held hands. Neil Entwistle’s mother, Yvonne Entwistle, stared at the floor throughout the playing.
Entwistle told Manning that, after running some errands, he had returned home around 11 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2006, and went to the master bedroom looking for his wife and daughter.
“I -- I just looked ... it was obvious what had happened,” Entwistle said in the recording.
Later in the conversation he said he thought Rachel looked asleep until he got a better look at her.
“She was pale. I could see the blood. That’s when I saw Lilly,” said Entwistle, often choking up. “I pulled, pulled the covers back, and that’s when I saw Lilly. Lilly was such a mess.”
“Where did you see some blood?” Manning asked.
“I couldn’t see anything on Rachel. It was all on Lilly,” said Entwistle. “The whole mouth, the mouth and nose, were covered. It was almost like it was bubbles, and it was obvious they were not alive anymore.”
Entwistle told Manning he had no idea what had happened. He said no one could have known his wife and daughter were alone.
After finding the bodies, Entwistle said he planned to kill himself with a knife. Instead, he decided to go to Carver to tell his in-laws, Joe and Priscilla Matterazzo, about the deaths, and then kill himself with one of Joe’s guns.
He could not get into the Carver house, and he said he didn’t have work numbers for either of them. He said he got lost trying to find Priscilla Matterazzo’s workplace.
Manning questioned Entwistle on why he wanted to kill himself.
“What went through your mind?” the investigator asked.
“Yeah, not so much to get the knife to kill myself, but to just, almost, almost like wanting to be with them,” Entwistle said.
Manning questioned if something “out of character” happened that morning.
“Do you mean if I had anything ...” Entwistle said.
“I’m wondering was there any situation that happened?” Manning said.
“I wouldn’t ...”
“I’m not saying you did anything. I’m just asking you.”
“No. No. No.”
“Are you sure?”
“It’s just ... I couldn’t do that. Why would I do that?”
“There could be a million reasons. There could be no reasons.”
Manning asked Entwistle if he touched either Rachel or Lillian to see if they were breathing, but Entwistle said it was obvious to him they were dead.
Manning also questioned Entwistle about not calling 911.
“Looking back on it, I don’t know why -- why I did things how I did,” said Entwistle. “Once I kind of realized what happened ... you think in those situations I would just look and break down, but that’s not what went through my head. Well, the first thing I wanted to do was to do something to myself.”
“How come?” Manning asked.
“It was my wife and baby in bed.”
Entwistle also said he never thought about funeral arrangements and planned to speak to the Matterazzos about that.
He also said it was wrong he never spoke to Rachel’s parents.
“I feel so bad about that,” said Entwistle. “It looks like Joe and Priscilla don’t mean anything, and that’s not right. They’re as close to me as my parents are, but that’s just the way I felt. It wasn’t the right thing to do, was it?”
Entwistle is accused of stealing Joe Matterazzo’s .22-caliber Colt Revolver from the Carver home and shooting his wife and daughter and then returning the gun to the house before flying to England.
Entwistle, though, said he needed to be with his family and they were helping him deal with it.
Manning testified about a second, non-recorded phone call with Entwistle on Jan. 24, 2006.
“He said he was calling -- he said he didn’t know what to say, but he felt like he had to call,” Manning said of Entwistle calling him.
Manning said he questioned Entwistle further about failing to get into the Carver home. Entwistle, he said, originally thought the house key was on his BMW key chain, but then remembered his wife lost the key. He also said he left the BMW keys inside his sport utility vehicle at Logan Airport because he did not think he would need them.
Manning said he also asked Entwistle if he was going to come back to the United States.
“He said, `I don’t know. Why would I do that?’” Manning said, quoting Entwistle.
A second audiotape between Manning and Entwistle was to be played Friday for a second phone call on Jan. 24. The tape played for a few minutes, but it would not play loud enough for the jury, so Judge Diane Kottmyer ended testimony for the day.
The tape was to be about 45 minutes and began with Manning telling Entwistle the cause of his wife’s and daughter’s deaths.
Manning is expected to resume testifying Monday morning.
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