- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2006

BOSTON (AP) — Neil Entwistle searched the Internet for ways to kill people days before his wife and baby daughter were fatally shot, authorities said.

He also looked for escort services and Web sites that offer help finding sexual partners, according to search warrant documents released Monday.

Mr. Entwistle, 27, was arrested in his native England last week and charged in the Jan. 20 slayings of his wife, Rachel, and their 9-month-old daughter, Lillian, at their home in the Boston suburb of Hopkinton.

U.S. marshals are expected to bring Mr. Entwistle back to Massachusetts this week. A spokesman for the office said yesterday that he had no information on the date or time.

The documents depict Mr. Entwistle as a secretive man who was sinking deep into debt without telling his family. He had not worked since he and his wife moved to Massachusetts from England with their daughter about five months before the deaths. His wife, who had been a teacher, also was not working.

“It appears that Neil and Rachel Entwistle had accumulated a sizable amount of debt and may have been living well beyond their means,” State Trooper Michael Banks said in an affidavit.

A judge ordered the search warrant documents released at the request of news organizations, over the objections of the district attorney, who said the material could compromise her investigation.

A search of Mr. Entwistle’s computer revealed that he searched the Internet on Jan. 16 and 17 for information about suicide, euthanasia and “killing people with a knife,” investigators said.

The same week, he obtained the names and addresses of various escort services. He also visited a Web site called “Adult Friend Finder,” which investigators said helps subscribers find sexual partners.

Mr. Entwistle is accused of using his father-in-law’s handgun to shoot Rachel in the head and Lillian in the abdomen. Authorities said he might have planned to commit suicide, but instead fled to his parents’ home in England.

Prosecutors said Monday that they did not know whether Mr. Entwistle had hired an attorney in Massachusetts. He may be assigned an attorney if he declares himself indigent.

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