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Check out the pictures that we have posted today. They are of the second half of our very long road trip on Thursday — the one that started at the crack of dawn (felt like the middle of the night) in Orlando and then ended up in Massachusetts. (Frankly the day felt very "geographically incorrect.")
On Monday, we received a wealth of information on the Entwistle case — the affidavits in support of search warrants. There are more than 200 pages of information available.
I was told that the district attorney did not want the court to order the documents be made public, but that is her job: to do whatever she can to protect her case from possible contamination. The judge has a different role — to make sure that whatever is subject to release by law gets released. The DA can't keep everything hidden at all stages of the prosecution. Sometimes the judge and DA have different opinions about what should be done but of course the judge gets to decide. Note: No judge wants to hurt a prosecution, but must follow the law. As an aside, this release will not harm the prosecution. I think any objection by the DA was simply being overly cautious, but I would have done the same if I were the DA and, like this DA, I would have lost this point and should have lost it.
The released documents give you a sneak peek into the prosecutor's case and suggest (to put it very lightly) that Neil Entwistle is in a great deal of trouble. The details about the discovery of the bodies and the actual cause of death — including facial injuries to the baby described in the affidavit — are very disturbing. Of course nothing is pretty or nice about murder and affidavits don't sugar coat it — they merely seek to get the job done, which is to get court permission to search or seize property.
You can also tell from the documents that from the moment the bodies were discovered, the police and the DA were very, very busy.
We had an unfortunate mistake at the top of our show last night. I don't know if you noticed or not. We started with a manhunt — a man in prison for murder escaped with the help of a woman who works at the prison. We flashed the picture of a woman to help find her (and the escaped murderer), but unfortunately it was not the right picture. And worse, it was the picture of missing Jennifer Kesse — who we talked about seconds later in the show. I almost fell over when I saw the mistake on our screen as I was interviewing the guest about the manhunt. I hoped I was imagining the mistake, but alas I was not. Of course we all feel terrible for the mistake. Yes, this is live TV and from time to time there are mistakes, but some mistakes feel much, much, much worse than others. This felt very bad since the family of Jennifer is in such agony right now.
Now for some e-mails:
E-mail No. 1
You indicate in your 02/13/06 Gretawire that Jennifer's clothes for the next morning were laid out on the bed. So my question is why would you say that someone may have abducted her in the stairway as she was leaving? It would appear she never left the house for work since her clothes remain. Is there another of her outfits missing? Was her purse in the apartment? Were her car keys found in the apartment or missing?
E-mail No. 2
Try this for the murder of George Smith:
Five walk in to the cabin, George and the four would be friends. Considerable noise, as reported by people in the next room. George is made unconscious or dead. Then silence. Three men seen leaving the room, even though they are trying to convince everyone that all four left, only three left. The three make it back to their room, while the fourth searches the room for valuables, then disposes of the body and leaves. The original three return to their room well before the fourth orders food in an attempt to establish an alibi. Put that on the time line and become convinced.
ANSWER: I am back to thinking this was an accident and not a crime... but I have switched before. I would very much like to see the ship's record of the room service and the delivery.
E-mail No. 3
I was watching video of the disappearance of Jennifer on WFTV.com, which I accessed from the Jennifer Kesse.com site. I found it very interesting that her car was found on the same street as another incident; where they are looking for a suspect that beat a man to death: Texas Americana and Americana Bld. There might be something in this so please check it out. The timeline seems a little off, but it might be important. They also have pictures of the suspect they are looking for. In both separate videos they have the same women police officer. Once when she was talking to Jennifer's parents when they went to look at the location of the car, and also when they were talking about the incident about the man being beating. Love your show,
E-mail No. 4
I must come to Royal Caribbean's defense when Patricia Stein, of South Palm Beach, Florida, says that, "there is no room service delivery in less than an hour at night or even during the day." While we have never ordered room service at night, we order room service for breakfast every day and it is there in 20 to 30 minutes. Royal Caribbean is a wonderful cruise line with beautiful ships, caring and helpful staff and excellent food, service and entertainment and I'm tired of people saying otherwise.
E-mail No. 5
Is it possible that Neil Entwistle was researching suicide for ideas about ways to make the deaths of his wife and child LOOK LIKE a suicide? Investigators might have assumed it was Rachel who was educating herself about committing suicide — then Neil could continue being the "player" he'd always wanted to be!
E-mail No. 6
I remember last Monday or Tuesday when they were saying Entwistle may have killed his wife and baby due to financial problems that Ted said, "I doubt it. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop." Smart man! We now find out about the "escort service."
E-mail No. 7
Was the Entwistle child teething? A teething child can cry all night and that could have been the last straw to set off the husband from a string of failures. The mother could have been protecting the child from battery and both were shot by the enraged husband.
E-mail No. 8
Regarding the Smith case: Could the fourth gentleman who was not seen leaving and walking the hallways with the three other guys have remained behind with George? Could he have thrown him overboard and then left the cabin unnoticed?
E-mail No. 9 — This e-mail is in reference to the George Smith case:
I sorry Greta, but with digital cameras these days, I can set my camera to say 7-5-05 Time 4:05 a.m., right now. Those pictures don't mean squat!
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