Thursday, February 16, 2006


Another valuable lesson learned this morning: When you write a new entry in Blogger, copy and save it to a Word document before clicking Publish Post. Otherwise, it might disappear into cyberspace if the server is having a problem.

Dang, dang, dang! I don't think I can recreate it, and even if I could, it's already dated. It was a lead-in to the Entwistle arraignment, which has now already happened.

Neil Entwistle appeared, straight and tall, beside his attorney and listened with furrowed brow as the prosecutor addressed the court. No bail was set. Afterward, court-appointed attorney, Elliot Weinstein, chastised the media for the biased publicity surrounding the investigation, refused to answer questions, and vowed to defend his client to the best of his ability. Rachel's parents, Joseph and Priscilla Matterazzo, were in attendance and issued a statement through family spokesman, Joe Flaherty. Of note was a reference to their son-in-law's double life. More to be heard there, no doubt.

Update: 6:35 pm, CST
It just occurred to me that I neglected to mention earlier that Neil Entwistle entered a plea of Not Guilty today. It comes as no surprise that he has no intention of fessing up and facing the music. His earlier voiced concern of sparing Rachel's family and his own any additional distress was nothing more than lip service. It's part of his schtick -- an Eddie Haskell-ish rhetoric aimed at portraying the conscientious, selfless, responsible young man that his in-laws once believed him to be. His own agenda always comes first and remains the same that drove him on January 20 -- self-preservation. Judging by some of the details put forth in recently released search warrant documents, the tapestry of his fa├žade was rapidly unraveling.
  • Rachel's parents told police they believed Neil "had some sort of secret government job in England" which he could not talk about.

  • According to Rachel's parents, Rachel told them Neil would not answer questions about their finances, and this caused some conflict between Rachel and Neil.

  • According to Rachel's parents, Rachel told them she tried to use one of Neil's English credit cards, but the account had been frozen.

  • According to Rachel's parents, Rachel told them their money was tied up in "offshore accounts" that Neil would not talk about.

  • Rachel's parents gave police a make-shift business card they said Neil gave to them for "ENT Embedded New Technologies." The business card was "a folded piece of paper held together by cellophane tape." An internet search by police found the address for this company listed as Rachel's parents' home address.

I'm not aware that the 231 pages of court documents are available on-line, but several in the media have combed through them and provided a summary of interesting details. News

Some of the allegations are rather salacious, and many contend immaterial to the case. Others argue, and I agree, that they point to motive. Relevant or not, the resultant banter between a decidedly uneasy Nancy Grace and her reporting on-line expert, Clark Goldband, has been an entertaining aspect of her nightly coverage of the case.