On video: suspect in the murder of his wife in Massachusetts (Reuters)
The husband of a woman who disappeared on January 1 performed a series of disturbing Google searches - including "ten ways to dispose of a body, if you really have to" - according to the suit in the case.
Brian Walsh, who lived with his wife in Massachusetts, was also looking for "how to stop the rotting of a body," after 39-year-old Anna Walsh went missing on the first day of 2023 and has not yet been found, and is presumed dead.
The 47-year-old Walsh is accused of assaulting and beating his wife with the intention of murdering her and moving her body, according to the lawsuit.
He claims his innocence.
Walsh searched the Internet on Dec. 27 for "when is the best time for a man to get a divorce," prosecutors in Quincy County, Massachusetts, said.
"According to information, Brian Walsh dismembered Anna Walsh and disposed of her," Assistant District Attorney Lynn Bland said.
Bland also said that investigators found DNA.
of the couple, a saw, scissors and an ax in plastic bags found in a trash can at the apartment complex where Wash's mother lived in Swampscott, not far from his home.
Missing since January 1st.
Anna Walsh (Photo: Reuters)
The arrest of Brian Walsh, the suspect in the murder of his wife, Massachusetts (Photo: Reuters)
On the morning of Jan. 1, earlier than the original time Walsh told police he and his wife left their home for the airport in Washington, D.C., he was searching Google on his son's iPad, the prosecution said.
Walsh also searched for "how long before a body starts to stink", "how to tie up a dead body" and "how long does it take to inherit a missing person", "how to clean blood from a wooden floor", "what happens when body parts are soaked in ammonia" and so on.
The next day, on January 2, Walsh again turned to Google, this time searching for "the best tool for dismembering a corpse," "can you charge a person with murder without a body," and "can you identify a corpse with broken teeth," according to the lawsuit.
That day, Walsh bought three rugs at HomeGoods, cleaning supplies, a mop, buckets, rags, glue, a tarp, baking soda and an ax at Home Depot in Rockland.
On January 3, a security camera captured Walsh driving to a dumpster site in Inington, a town near his home, where he was seen carrying and disposing of what appeared to be heavy items.
He then went to another apartment complex and got rid of other things.
Police tried to find the bags Walsh was seen throwing into the dumpster at the first location in Abington, but the trash had already been shredded and burned, prosecutors said.
Google searches (photo: screenshot, Twitter)
On January 4, the day Anna's employer reported her absence to police who interviewed Walsh at his home, he purchased additional items, including towels, bath mats, clothes and a trash can.
When authorities arrived at his home, the officers saw a Volvo whose seats were covered in plastic and tilted back.
After a few days the plastic disappeared and signs of cleaning were visible on the carpets.
Police found traces of blood in the car.
On January 5, the day the search for Anna was made public, Walsh's call history shows he went to a daycare and then to his mother's apartment.
Authorities searched the trash cans and found ten plastic bags with blood stains on them.
A protective suit was also found at the scene.
On January 8, prosecutors searched the family home and found blood in the basement, a knife with blood on it, another knife, a large tarp and plastic sheeting.
Walsh was arrested that day.
The investigation revealed that Anna's phone was at home on Rosh Hashanah until 3:4 a.m. on January 2, and then turned off.
Walsh appeared in court yesterday (Wednesday) with his face sealed.
In a long statement, his lawyer, Tracy Miner, claimed that the media "already judged and convicted" him.