Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Murder in my Hometown

One of the bigger news stories today is the conviction of Neil Entwistle, who was found guilty of killing his 27-year-old wife and 9-month-old baby girl. I've been following this case with interest over the past two years because these murders took place in my hometown of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. What's more, they happened while I was temporarily living there in January of 2006. (We were in the process of selling our condo in New Jersey and house-hunting here in Connecticut, and Peter had started his new job in Hartford, so it was easiest for John and I to stay in Mass. at my mother's house during most of that time.)

It was big news in Boston when this double murder came to light, and the mystery quickly made the national news. Hopkinton is a pretty quiet town without much crime at all, which made it even more bizarre. I felt like I could relate in some ways to the victim, who was a young wife and mother who had a baby and was from Massachusetts and liked to do things like vacation on Cape Cod. I've felt that her husband was clearly and unfortunately guilty almost since the beginning. His apparent reasons for committing such a horrendous act come down to money and sex, two of the biggest potential vices out there. It's a sad story all around with no real winners. But I'm glad that we have a good justice system that will put him in prison for life now.

Here's the news story:


Katie said...

I had thought you might be watching this story. I had been too, since it happened in Hopkinton. Its a sad situation... I remember when it first hit the news and I went to the family's website. The mom and baby seemed like such a loving family. Its so sad that stuff like this happens, but it makes me grateful that I have such a wonderful hubby!

Donna said...

I saw the family's website too before it was taken down and it made it all the more unbelievable. They looked so happy in the pictures--decorating for Christmas (just the month before the killings), playing with the baby, out in the park, etc. I guess photos sometimes are a facade and don't tell the whole story of what's really going on in a family.

Alyson said...

That story was horrorific. It's horrible enough killing your wife, but a baby? Why? I know he got caught up in some sick stuff, but still.

I know how you feel. The whole Lacy/Scott Peterson thing took place in Modesto, where I grew up. My favorite teacher from jr. high was actually testified in the trial, as he was a neighbor to the Peterson's. Modesto, unlike Hopkinton, isn't a small town. And it isn't necessarily considered "without crime" if you know what I mean.

Peter said...

I really just can't understand how people can do things like this. It is such a horrific act and, unfortunately, it's not like divorce is even a big stigma today. Whenever I hear these stories I think that part of me wants to believe that the husband/wife/mother/father etc is really innocent as they claim and I find myself searching for reasons to believe them because I just can't stand the idea that people do these things. Life is just so precious, and children especially are wonderful blessings and have such incredible future potential that I just can't understand what would drive someone to ever end that.