Video: Entwistle Murders

updated 2/13/2006 12:36:18 PM ET 2006-02-13T17:36:18

New details emerge about what Neil Entwistle told police the day after the bodies of his wife and daughter were discovered.  This as he made his second court appearance in London and agreed to voluntarily return to the United States to face murder charges.  His attorneys say he's trying to avoid causing more stress for his dead wife's family and his family.

Twenty-seven-year-old Rachel and 9-month-old Lillian found shot to death in their home on January the 22nd.  Prosecutors say it may have been part of a failed murder-suicide plot motivated by financial problems.  But according to newly released documents, also by dissatisfaction with his sex life.  His attorneys were met outside the courthouse today by a horde of media.  So why did he change his mind and decide not to fight extradition? 

Alistair Jackson from British station ITV, who was inside the courtroom  and “Boston Herald” reporter Dave Wedge, who's got new details about the Entwistles' financial problems and another possible motive joined 'The Abrams Report’ on Friday. 

To read an excerpt from their conversation, continue to the text below. To watch the video, click on the "Launch" button to the right.

DAN ABRAMS, HOST, 'THE ABRAMS REPORT’:  Alistair, how did he appear inside the courtroom? 

ALISTAIR JACKSON, ITV REPORTER (via phone):  Well you know Dan, if I had to take one word to describe Neil Entwistle, it would probably be relaxed.  Now that might seem strange, but it was almost as if this was a man who finally had had a burden lifted from him today.  He was standing in the magistrate of court in London today dressed in a black T-shirt and wearing gray trousers. 

And he was told by the district judge hearing this case that if he chose not to challenge the extradition proceedings today, then there would be no going back.  And he simply looked at the judge and said OK, yes, that's fine.  And he was then handed a piece of paper to sign, and with that, he was formally entered into the court that he wasn't challenging the extradition proceedings.  He was told that he would be taken back to America as soon as possible.  He was then led out of the court, with him just pausing briefly to smile at his father, Cliff.  He was sat towards the back of the courtroom here in London.

ABRAMS:  Let me ask you, is there a sense that his parents are 100 percent behind him? 

JACKSON:  We've not heard anything formally from the Entwistle family.  Nottinghamshire in the Midlands of the U.K.  They have, of course, it appears accommodation and support.  We know this evening secretary here in the U.K., Charles Park, has now sanctioned that extradition to America, as a formal protest. 

But it means that Neil Entwistle could be returning to the United States as early as next week.  And of course, as we've been hearing, the prosecution arguments are now primarily that he shot dead his wife Rachel and 9-month-old daughter Lillian.  But now people here in the U.K. have no doubt—people in Massachusetts are waiting for Neil Entwistle's own explanation of what happened coming after three weeks ago.  And of course now, we expect that to happen and indeed know that that will happen in a courtroom in Massachusetts. 

ABRAMS:  And we'll talk about that in a little while, because it seems that he said to the police a lot about exactly what he says he was doing.  Alistair, thanks a lot for taking the time to come on the program.  We appreciate it.

Dave, let's talk about this additional motive, sex? 

DAVE WEDGE, “BOSTON HERALD”:  Yes.  In an arrest affidavit released today in district court, the details—what Neil Entwistle allegedly told the police and one of those issues that's mentioned is that in addition to the mounting debt, there was some evidence that he was dissatisfied with his sex life.  Just the extent of that is still yet to be revealed, but it's an interesting new detail. 

ABRAMS:  Prior to January 20, 2006, Neil Entwistle had accumulated debts in tens of thousands of dollars, had been unable to secure employment since his arrival in the United States in the fall of 2005 and had recently expressed dissatisfaction with his sex life.

Now I know that you all have gone through in pretty specific detail his financial problems.  It may actually be worse than we had initially thought, right?

WEDGE:  Well, the picture from England is tough to nail down.  We're only being told that it was tens of thousands of dollars that he owed to creditors in London.  His wife had a pretty decent size debt here, although not that unusual for an American her age.  Somewhere in the $30,000 range between credit cards and student loans and they had the car and then the rent of the house, but it's pretty clear that they had some sizable debt. 

That coupled with this new wrinkle that perhaps there were some sexual problems in the family, then the evidence of him creating these pornography sites and the Internet scams, it just paints an overall picture of a man who was really feeling a lot of pressure from a lot of different areas in his life. 

Watch the 'Abrams Report' for more analysis and interviews on the top legal stories each weeknight at 6 p.m. ET on MSNBC TV.


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