Massachusetts Murder Mystery

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I don't know about you, but the fact that Neil Entwistle has not yet come back to the United States to attend to the burial of his wife and child makes me highly suspicious of him. Of course it is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt and different people react differently to tragedies, but it is tough for me to ignore. It is indeed possible that he is not the killer of his wife and child — he left on Friday for Europe and the murder occurred between Thursday and Saturday night — but it is hard to presume him innocent at this point. It is possible that he wants to remain in Britain to be consoled by his family (he is British) and that my suspicions are wrong. A viewer wrote me during the show to ask when Neil bought his ticket for Europe. That is a great question.

As for the disappearance of George Smith, I go back and forth between accident and homicide. Some days I think murder, some days I think accident. The missing ingredients for me are what the four say who were with him the night he vanished and the surveillance tapes. The tapes are not going to tell all, but may provide some important information about who left his room and when. It is possible the tapes are not of the immediate area outside his cabin, but I bet there is some valuable information on the tapes.

As for the blood, we still don't know whose blood is in the cabin. I think it is safe to assume the blood on the canopy is George's blood (but it should have been tested to make sure.) The blood in the cabin bathroom could be George's, his wife's or someone he fought with or killed him. The FBI took the rug from the cabin and that may also supply some important clues.

It is possible that George had a fight with someone, that person bled — or George did — that person left, George went outside to get fresh air, sat on the balcony and fell. It could also be George was killed in the cabin and pushed over... or that he was on the balcony and pushed over while alive. This could also be suicide. In short, there remain several theories pointing towards both accident or homicide.

What I don't understand is why the FBI has not finished its work yet. The cabin area is limited (not like searching a forest or multiple crime scenes), the four with George can be located as well as ship employees and family. It has been seven months, I wish they would hurry up since this is painful for the family.

Last night during the show there was what seemed like a heated exchange between Bernie Grimm and Ted Williams. A few viewers wrote in — and I have posted a sample of the e-mails below. I have also answered them. I assure you, all is well between the two of them. We teased both of them after the show in the newsroom.

I am curious what you think about the disappearance of George Smith, IV. Was it an accident? Suicide? Or homicide? Or we will never know? And has the cruise line done all that you think it should under the circumstances? Send me an e-mail.

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Hello Greta,
I have watched your developing television career since your very beginning on CNN (O.J. Simpson days). I am now an avid viewer of "On the Record." If I cannot watch, I tape ! I'm pleased to know that Catherine Herridge will be returning. However, I'm wondering about Linda Vester. Can you give us some details regarding her status? She is a bright and attractive lady and (in my mind) was also an asset to FOX. Thanks so much,
JoAnn Baxter,
Matthews NC

ANSWER: I am not sure about Linda coming back or not. She went on an extended maternity leave and I was told she would be back. Because Linda worked out of New York City, and I work primarily out of D.C., I had little interaction with her (although we did have fun one night at a large media dinner... we sat next to each other.) I assume she will be back, but don't know for sure and have not heard.

E-mail No. 2

Thanks a bunch for the FOX personnel update. But, where went Linda Vester? We'd love to know. Gretawire really is wonderful. We do see a side of you and FOX that cannot readily be seen on the air. Thanks for sharing.
Palm Harbor, FL

ANSWER: Sandy, as noted above, another viewer has the same question as you do.

E-mail No. 3

Hi Greta,
Hope that you don’t regret answering about “lost FOX faces.” I’m surely hoping that Rick Folbaum is still around. I’ve been missing him lots lately.

ANSWER: Rick Folbaum got a promotion to an anchor job at the local FOX station in New York City, which has huge viewership. So, Rick is still in the "corporate family."

E-mail No. 4

Hi Greta,
Watch your show every night. I thought Bernie was out of line with his comment to Ted: "Shut-up for a friggin' second, for God's sake"
Thank you,
Betty Thompson
Roberts, IL
Keep the Son in your eyes

ANSWER: As soon as Bernie said that, I figured that the e-mails would be pouring in. After the show I walked into the newsroom and Bernie and Ted were still there. They were teasing each other... and so all was fine between them.

E-mail No. 5

Sounds like Bernie and Ted need to take a cruise together. Great show tonight.

E-mail No. 6

Please ask your guests, why the structure of the awning was not damaged with the impact of a 210 lb object.
Galveston, TX

E-mail No. 7

Just curious, is it true four men brought George Smith back to his room in the middle of the night? Has they been questioned yet? What is their story? Hasn't it been said the cabin neighbors heard loud noises in the room around the same time George was brought to the room.
Santa Ana, CA

ANSWER: I would assume they were questioned early on.

E-mail No. 8

Thirty years ago I left so much blood in a hotel in San Antonio you would think an animal was slaughtered. Blood was all over the bed sheets, rug bathroom floor and bath towel.
I had a growth removed from my thumb and because of the surgery I started to lose the nail. All I had left was the top 25% of the nail.
At 3 a.m. I turned in my sleep and the nail got caught on the sheets and ripped off. You would not believe the blood. Using a towel I tried to wrap and compress it. When that didn't work I used a face cloth and dressed and went to front desk for first aid kit. Actually had to go to hospital for them to treat it and this was from losing a nail.

ANSWER: Yes, there can be an innocent explanation for presence of blood.

Here are some articles that have caught my attention. I am curious what you think about the articles after reading them:

• Possible charges postponed for flight attendant with grenade

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Local prosecutors will confer with several agencies before deciding whether to file charges against a Northwest Airlines flight attendant found to have a real but inactive grenade in her luggage, officials said Thursday.

No further action will be taken in the case until March 10, said Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Berg.

The 39-year-old flight attendant, from Tennessee, had been scheduled to work on a Milwaukee-to-Detroit flight Tuesday morning when federal Transportation Security Administration officers found the inert grenade in her baggage at Mitchell International Airport, said Kim Brooks, a sheriff's department spokeswoman.

The woman told authorities she bought the grenade at an Army surplus store as a present for her son, Brooks said. She was arrested and then released later on $150 bail, according to jail personnel.

She could be charged with disorderly conduct and also could face a federal fine of up to $1,500, according to Brooks and TSA spokeswoman Lara Uselding.

Northwest grounded the flight attendant and is conducting its own investigation, airline spokeswoman Shawn Brumbaugh said Thursday. Brumbaugh declined to say how long she would be withheld from service or how long she's been employed with the airline.

• Cat starts fire in Eau Claire County home

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Fire officials are blaming a 20-pound cat for starting a house fire in the town of Washington near Eau Claire that caused about 25-thousand dollars damage.

Officials say the gray and white cat apparently jumped on an electric range in the basement of a two-story home at about 4:30 yesterday morning and turned on the push-button control. Plastic containers on top of the range smoldered.

A smoke detector alerted at least three people in the home, who were not hurt.

The fire damaged part of the basement and smoke damaged much of the residence.

The cat died, likely of smoke inhalation.

• Appeals court upholds airport ID policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court in San Francisco has dismissed an activist's legal challenge to federal airport regulations requiring passengers to show identification before they can board planes.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims by John Gilmore that the policy constituted an illegal search and violated his right to travel freely.

After privately reviewing the government's identification policy that was not disclosed in court for security reasons, a three-judge panel said the policy was not overly intrusive or illegal.

Gilmore, the court ruled, could leave the airport if he didn't want to show his ID and had other ways to get around besides air travel.

Gilmore is co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group concerned with Internet privacy issues.

• Wash. lawmakers want to ban overseas sex tours

OLYMPIA, Washington (AP) — Washington travel agents wouldn't be able to book or sell "sex tours" under a measure lawmakers are considering.

The bill follows the lead of Hawaii, which signed a similar bill into law two years ago.

The bill is intended to crack down on sex tours to such places as Thailand.

Arranging such tours would be a Class C felony. Violators would face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 10-thousand dollars.

Senator Karen Fraser, a Democrat from Olympia, is the main sponsor on the bill. She said she wanted to help reduce the demand for these type of trips.

While she said she wasn't aware of any Washington state travel agents offering such tours, she said the state needs to take a pre-emptive stand against the practice.

The bill will have a public hearing before a Senate committee on Monday.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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