Brit convicted of murdering his American wife and baby daughter writes to dead partner’s grieving parents to claim SHE was to blame


A BRITISH killer who murdered his American wife and baby daughter wrote to his dead partner’s grieving parents from prison claiming that she was to blame for the deaths.

Neil Entwistle, now 40, was sentenced to life without parole in 2008 for killing 27-year-old wife Rachel and their daughter Lillian in Hopkinton, near Boston, Massachusetts.

 Neil Entwistle with wife Rachel and their baby Lilly, who he was found guilty of murdering in a double-shooting in 2006

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Neil Entwistle with wife Rachel and their baby Lilly, who he was found guilty of murdering in a double-shooting in 2006
 Entwistle, now 40, is serving life without parole in the US

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Entwistle, now 40, is serving life without parole in the US

But it has emerged the former IT consultant wrote to Rachel’s parents to insist that she had shot their nine-month-old infant – before turning the gun on herself.

And he even wrote that he does not “blame” Rachel – who he claimed had been “depressed”.

In the letter, seen by The Mirror, Entwistle writes: “I did not kill Rachel and Lilly but I do carry the guilt and in no way blame Rachel.

“And this is where it is difficult for me to share openly.”

Entwistle was not allowed to sent the note to Rachel’s parents, ­Priscilla and Joe Matarazzo.

I did not kill Rachel and Lilly but I do carry the guilt and in no way blame Rachel

Neil Entwistledouble murderer

But he did manage to send it to his father Cliff, 62, a Labour councillor from Worksop, Notts.

Cliff also believes his son is innocent and has written a book on the case – which reproduces Entwistle’s letter.

It reads: “The following words have been written with love and compassion, they are words of regret and remorse.

“For over seven years, I have never shared what I saw and what I know of all that transpired on the day we both lost Rachel and Lilly, the two most wonderful people ever to bless our lives.”

The letter goes on to say: “I did not kill Rachel and Lilly but I do carry the guilt and in no way blame Rachel.

“And this is where it is difficult for me to share openly.”

In the note, written from Old Colony Correctional Centre in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Entwistle adds: “Rachel was my wife and I loved her more than I loved anyone else, even Lilly.”

He goes on to say that he yearns to “reach out” to Rachel’s parents to “share with you all I know”.

FLED THE COUNTRY

Entwistle, from Nottingham, back to the UK within hours of the deaths on 20 January 2006.

He was later arrested at Royal Oak underground station in London and extradited back to the United States to face a murder trial.

Prosecutors argued that Entwistle carried out the vile slayings in a fit of rage over his failure to find work.

He was heavily in debt and lied to his wife about his job aspects while looking for extra-marital sex on the internet, his trial heard.

Entwistle had also carried out internet searches for instructions on how to kill someone, according to prosecutors.

MURDER WEAPON

The killer has claimed he was out on a shopping trip at the time of the killings and returned home to find his wife and daughter dead.

But in a love letter he told Heather Kost: “As her (Rachel’s) eyes met mine before she fired, she seemed to say something, though she uttered not a word”.

The couple met when they were both students at the University of York in 1999 – and married in 2003.

Entwistle’s defence lawyers claimed that he found his father-in-law’s .22-calibre Colt revolver lying next to Rachel and Lilly’s bodies in bed.

He then panicked and fired it to try to cover up his wife’s murder-suicide to save her reputation, he claimed.

But in reality, Entwistle stole Joe’s gun to carry out the killings and later returned it to the Matterazzos’ home without cleaning it.

Rachel’s DNA was found on the barrel and his was on the grip.

After dumping the gun he fled without calling the police, withdrew $800 cash and bought a one-way ticket to the UK.

Entwistle was arrested in London two weeks later.

He was found guilty of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm at his trial in 2008.

 Rachel and Lilly were shot dead at their home in Massachusetts in 2006

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Rachel and Lilly were shot dead at their home in Massachusetts in 2006
 Neil Entwistle wrote to Rachel's parents from prison to claim she was behind the killings

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Neil Entwistle wrote to Rachel’s parents from prison to claim she was behind the killings
 Entwistle said he loved Rachel and their daughter in the letter, which he was not allowed to send to his wife's parents

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Entwistle said he loved Rachel and their daughter in the letter, which he was not allowed to send to his wife’s parents
Neil Entwistle Guilty Of Double Murder


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