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Blog update: Breaking news in the Massachusetts murder mystery. Neil Entwistle has been arrested in England for the murder of his wife and daughter. Click here to read more. Be sure to watch tonight's show live from Boston, when we'll have the latest on the investigation.
Today I have posted more pictures shot by and e-mailed from England by my colleague Shayla Bezdrob. She is on assignment in England, covering the story of Neil Entwistle and the murder of his wife and child. (Note below that Shayla sent me an e-mail yesterday that I have already posted — it is E-mail No. 1 below.) She has been working with Jim Hammer in England this week (and no, Jim was not dispatched to England as punishment for the slip of the tongue last week — he wanted to go! And, frankly, I would have liked to go, too, but it is difficult to anchor a show from a remote location in another country. It is not impossible, but difficult.)
By the time you read this blog, I will be long gone from Washington, D.C. I was up at 4 a.m. ET and at the airport very, very, very early. I am headed to Florida for the day, back tonight on the D.C. set for the show, if I make my flight back. If I miss the flight, the show is from ... well, some place. I don't want to jinx myself and even begin thinking of alternatives. I am crossing my fingers that I make the flight. Of course, if I slur my words tonight on the air, you will know why... I didn't get home from last night's show until midnight... could not get to sleep immediately and up at 4 a.m. Fortunately I can sleep on a plane.
Speaking of planes, I missed my first plane out of Boston on Monday. Missing that plane turned out was annoying at first, but it turned out to be a stroke of luck because on the flight I did board, I ran into someone who had some important information for me on the Natalee Holloway case. The person approached me and we talked for a few minutes. We could not talk long because the doors to the plane were closing. We talked later that night by phone and again yesterday by phone for about 45 minutes. The person is reluctant to come forward, so I am working on persuading him/her. I guess the headline is: Stay Tuned. Incidentally, I don't want to overstate this since I am not giving you lots of information. The person has some very important information to the news story, but this information will not solve it.
Our intention today is to do a "walk and talk" in Florida. We want to see where missing Jennifer Kesse lives, where her car was abandoned and generally check out the scene. Of course we are bringing our cameras so we can place you there, too. It is much better to actually see the scenes than be told about them — hence we take our cameras for you. This young woman has, as you many know, just vanished into thin air. She had just been on vacation, returned, spent the night in her condominium and never arrived at work the following day. Her car was found about a mile from the condominium.
We also are continuing to follow the Entwistle double murder case. I read all your e-mails and many of you have given me many good ideas. I appreciate them since I can overlook an important question.
Now for some e-mails:
E-mail No. 1 — This is an e-mail from my colleague Shayla Bezdrob. She works out of FOX News' New York City headquarters, but has been dispatched to England to cover Neil Entwistle story:
Six hours on a plane, 90 minutes in the airport and 4-5 hours later, I arrived in Worksop, England. The last part took longer because as I was leaving Heathrow, I ran into morning rush hour traffic.
Yes, I've been driving on the left side of the road. This is my first time and I thought I'd be nervous. Instead, I caught myself laughing aloud — not sure what was so funny. Perhaps that I was staying in the left lane and going at the decent speed. It was only after I realized that the far left lane in the U.K. is the equivalent of our far right lane reserved for the show drivers and big, big trucks. I switched into the safe middle lane and away from the lorries zooming by. The weirdest thing about driving on the left is that you are in the passenger seat, but there's a steering wheel in front of you and pedals at your feet. Depth perception could be a tricky thing. My sister warned me about the British drivers. She said, "Be careful, they are aggressive, they speed and don't switch lanes and use their blinkers." I replied that I lived in New York City and even drive in the city. She simply said, "You'll see for yourself. Just be careful." She was right. Most don't use indicators and they do speed. My uncle reminded me about all the cameras on the U.K. motorways. They are everywhere; it seems every couple of miles there's a camera.
Once I got out of traffic jams and sailed north to Worksop, I thought it'd get easier. It did. No big trucks, but cameras still all over and only narrow two-lane roads. By this point, I stopped laughing and kept repeating to myself, "Stay on the left, stay on the left, stay on the left". When I was looking for the hotel I parked the car and went into a little newspaper shop. I got my directions, and got in the car. But I was in the passenger seat... on the left. The people outside the shop looked at me and waited to see what I'd do next. I got out, smiled and said, "Ahh... wrong side," then went around and got in the car. I was lucky that my car is with automatic transmission. Jim Hammer got one with a stick shift. Imagine driving on the left and having to shift with your left hand. Thankfully, the clutch, gas and break are in the same spot.
Jim wanted to drive and I really wanted to see how he'd do. He did really well. I was impressed. Although the car stalled only once, we never even blinked or said anything about it. He just started the car, changed gears and off we went. We both have a problem with the left side of the car... careful not to hit any side mirrors as we passed parked cars and not to roll along the curb. Every time we get in the car, we say, "This is weird." I know, you should get over it, but when you are driving in small town, on the LEFT side of the road among people who only drive on the LEFT side, you don't want to take any chances. Plus, I have an HMO.
We went all over town today. Our first stop was the Entwistles' home. It's a quiet, middle-income neighborhood, at the end of the road by a field, which separates the residents from what appears to be a park. It's a tall chicken-wire fence. On the other side I saw a man walk his dog. The cul-de-sac where the Entwistles live is actually a dead end with two houses on the side. Each house has two families living there. They are duplexes really. One neighbor, along with the Entwistles, put her car out in the road to block any other cars and cameras from getting closer. The whole area is quiet. You could not even heard any kids playing around.
Downtown is busy. A guy with a clipboard stopped us to ask us to sign something, which we politely declined and continued on in search for some food. Jim was hungry and I was starving. By this point my adrenaline was pumping and compensating for the lack of sleep, change of time zone and — oh yeah — lack of food. I noticed a double take once the guy heard us speak. Then he smiled. I nodded and smiled back. We finally got some food from a take-out Turkish place owned by a Kurd from Southern Turkey. He makes a mean lamb shwarma (Jim said his chicken one was excellent too). We took our food and headed for the hotel, a stone's throw away. For a moment there, when we got into our "workspace" (Jim's room because it's bigger then mine), there was silence as we opened our take out containers and went for the first bite. After about a minute or so it was back to normal: Both of us on our computers, talking, answering the phone and occasionally stopping to take a bite of our food.
Now we are off to do the live shot. It's been a long, long day, but I don't know I would have liked it any shorter.
E-mail No. 2
People are people, i.e. The Jim Hammer slip of the tongue. I am surprised that there hasn't been more of it. Good God. Give the man a break. We all say it and if people don't like it then they can turn the channel. You go, Jim Hammer.
Shirley M. Schroeder
E-mail No. 3
I agree with all of you guys about the husband looking highly suspicious! Perhaps, however, in the event that Neil should be innocent, is it possible he has chosen to stay with his family who loves him unconditionally, especially knowing he is being called a "Person of Interest" in the USA?
E-mail No. 4
I have only one question. How could you deport Jim Hammer for one slip of the tongue? Freezing!
E-mail No. 5
I keep wondering why there is still such a hue and cry over the "victims" of Katrina — I've been the victim of two dreadful California earthquakes and we helped ourselves! God gave me two arms, legs, eyes, hands and a brain — why would I keep waiting for someone else to take care of me? Surely many, or most, have relatives or friends to land a hand! If not a friend in the world, maybe they need to work on THAT, as well as getting a job or going to some place where someone they know can lend a helping hand. I will never believe that many people are totally helpless and surely the more help they get the worse the more helpless they will become!
E-mail No. 6
There has been much more impact on the Houston area than just crime. There are many of us that were laid off from jobs just before, during and after the hurricanes. I was laid off a few days before Katrina. I have yet to be able to get employment. Many of the online jobsites have links for hurricane victims to apply, and they get the jobs before someone like myself can get one. Job fairs are set up for them, and they get the jobs. The long time residents are so much less successful in their endeavor to seek employment now. Of course, age figures into it also... I am 57, but I sure did not need all of these other people in competition with me. So, maybe someone will read this and open up more jobs for 30+ experienced secretaries. Hope so :) Love your show and you and all you do.
E-mail No. 7
I love your show, but I, for one, am sick of hearing about the "oh, so poor people of New Orleans who lost everything and how it is everyone else's fault they don't have more now". Most of those people have walked around with their hands outstretched most of their lives for free handouts. If there were not so many people within their local and state government that were crooked and stole their own resources, the levee's and their social situation could have been fixed long ago, but it is easier to blame everyone else. All cities that took in people from that area have seen or heard about crime involving people from that area. The adults are lazy, want to live off the government, and the more they are given the more they expect. Yes, Katrina was horrible and I am sorry it happened, but you don't hear about people that lived along the Gulf Coast that were affected by this whining/stealing/killing and expecting everything in life to be free. There are people affected by fires out of control, tornado, etc., but they don't walk around with their hands outstretched expecting free handouts the rest of their life. Why should President Bush be blamed for their ignorance, lack of education, local and state corruption of government, and providing them with food and shelter? The whole area needs education, education, education and the will to learn to be self-sufficient instead of expecting the government to take care of them from birth to death. I'll bet there are a lot of people that feel exacting like I do, but are afraid the speak their mind.
E-mail No. 8
The Katrina evacuees were invited to live in towns all over the United States. A very few took up the offers which sometimes included housing and financial help to get them on their feet.
I would guess this is because moving from a warm climate like the Gulf Coast to parts of the country that have four distinct seasons would be difficult for some people. But the offers were made to help them.
I totally agree that the federal government has done little to nothing to help in the hurricane-ravaged areas. I call for someone who is responsible to give us a line-by-line explanation about where the billions already allocated for hurricane relief have gone.
Rogue River, OR
E-mail No. 9
If I were Entwistle's folks, I'd be sleeping with one eye open and wearing a bulletproof vest.
E-mail No. 10
I wish you would film Waveland and Ocean Springs, Miss. and see the people still living in tents there. When the winter winds blow off the water it is shear misery. I don't blame the rest of the country for moving on and enjoying sports et al but please don't forget that people are still really suffering down here on the Gulf Coast. Thank you for being loyal to the region.
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