February 13, 2006

Accused murderer peddled OpenOffice.org online

Author: Tina Gasperson

Suspected murderer Neil Entwistle was trying to sell OpenOffice.org on auction Web
site eBay just days before he allegedly shot and killed his wife and infant child.

Entwistle sold software and a get-rich-quick scheme under the eBay
identity "srpublications." His eBay profile shows a string
of negative feedback
from users who never received the software for which they paid, beginning around January 6, 2006. Most of the unresolved transactions involved what Entwistle called genuine, legal versions of popular software packages by Adobe and Macromedia. But one of the last positive feedbacks Entwistle received was for a $.99 copy of OpenOffice.org in a Dutch auction on December 30, 2005. He only sold one copy out of a hundred.

Entwistle, a native of Great Britain, lived in Massachusetts with his wife and nine-month-old daughter until the time of their deaths, when
he fled to his parents home in York. He was arrested and charged with murder last week and may be extradited to the United States. Entwistle had been running the eBay business and two Web sites, srpublications.co.uk
and millionmaker.co.uk, where he sold books about penis enlargement and how to make money on the Internet.


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