By Julianne McShane -
By Julianne McShane -
The husband of the Massachusetts woman who went missing around New Year's Day conducted more than a dozen disturbing Google searches for alleged murder, including "10 Ways to Dispose of a Dead Body If You Really Need It" and "How to Stop the decomposition of a body", just after denouncing to the police that they had not seen her again, according to what the judicial authorities announced this Wednesday.
Prosecutors presented their evidence against Brian Walshe, 47, in Quincy District Court after charging him with murder Tuesday in the death of his wife, Ana Walshe, 39.
He is also accused of assaulting and beating her wife with the intent to kill her, and moving her body or her remains, according to the criminal complaint.
Walshe pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on Wednesday.
Walshe appears in court on January 9.
Disturbing searches on the Internet
Evidence presented by prosecutors provides disturbing new details about Brian Walshe's actions in the hours before and after he last said he saw his wife.
In the early morning hours of January 1, an hour before he told investigators the woman had left his home in wealthy suburban Cohasset, he did these Google searches on his son's iPad: "How long does it take a corpse starts to smell", "How to prevent a body from decomposing", "10 ways to dispose of a corpse if you really need it", "How long does someone have to be missing to inherit" and "Can you throw away body parts of a corpse?"
That same morning, their searches were: "How long does DNA last?", "Can identification be made with partial remains?", "Dismemberment and the best ways to dispose of a corpse", "How to clean blood of a wooden floor?
and "What happens when you put parts of a corpse in ammonia?".
Ana Walshe.via NBC Boston
On January 2, his Internet searches included “Hacksaw, best dismembering tool,” “Can you be charged with murder without a body?” and “Can you identify a dead body with broken teeth?”, according to The Prosecutor's Office That same day he bought three rugs and cleaning supplies, according to the judicial authorities.
Blood, weapons and DNA traces in the trash
On January 3, surveillance video captured Walshe heading to a dumpster in Abington, a town about 15 miles southwest of Cohasset, where he was seen carrying and disposing of what appeared to be heavy items.
Police later tried to locate those bags, but they had already been destroyed after being collected and transported for crushing and burning, prosecutors argued.
Walshe also googled that day: “Hair on a dead body,” “What is the rate of decomposition of a dead body found in a plastic bag compared to a surface in the woods,” and “Baking soda makes a corpse smells good."
On January 4, the day that Ana Walshe's boss reported her missing and the police questioned her husband at the family home, the defendant purchased towels, a squeegee, and a garbage can at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx and Lowe's, according to the Prosecutor's Office.
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When authorities arrived at the home, they saw that Brian Walshe's Volvo car had a plastic liner and the seats were down;
a few days later, the lining was gone.
On January 5, the day the search for Ana Walshe was made public, her husband's phone records show that he went first to a day care center and then to his mother's apartment complex in Swampscott, about 40 miles north of Cohasset.
Surveillance video caught him in an area of the complex where there was a dumpster.
Authorities later searched the contents of the dumpster after taking it to a waste transfer station in Peabody, a city about 5 miles to the north, and found 10 garbage bags containing bloodstains, tape, carpets , a COVID-19 vaccination card for Ana Walshe, a hacksaw, pruning shears, an axe, clothing, and a Prada bag that the defendant told investigators belonged to his wife.
Brian and Ana Walshe's DNA was identified on the sneakers that were also found in the garbage bags, while the woman's DNA was found on the clothing inside the bag.
On January 8, prosecutors searched the family home and found blood in the basement, a knife with traces of blood on it, another knife, a large tarp, and plastic sheeting.
The police arrested him that day.
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There is no activity on Ana Walshe's credit cards since she was last seen, but records indicate that her phone was at the home on New Year's Eve until 3:14 am on January 2, at which time was turned off, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors also pointed to an Internet search they said Brian Walshe did on December 27: "What is the best state to get divorced from."
The probable cause affidavit and warrant for his arrest, which would normally include those details, will not be released until March 10, according to a court order.
That seizure prevents the public, but not the parties, from accessing the records.
No show of emotion in court
Brian Walshe entered the courtroom Wednesday morning shortly before 9:20 a.m., wearing a gray shirt and handcuffed, and stood behind a glass partition.
During the entire time of the interrogation, he looked around the room, but showed hardly any emotion.
He only spoke once when the judge, Mark Coven, asked him if he understood the charges.
"Yes, I understand them," he replied.
His attorney, Tracy Miner, said the media "has already tried and convicted Walshe."
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“It is easy to accuse of a crime and even easier to say that a person has committed that crime.
It's much harder to prove, which we'll see if the prosecution can do.
I am not going to comment on the evidence, firstly because I am going to judge this case in court and not in the media.
Secondly, because the Prosecutor's Office has not provided me with any evidence," said Miner.
Miner asked the court to release him, which the judge refused.
He remains in jail without bail awaiting charges.
His next court appearance will be on February 9.
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