‘Can you identify a body with broken teeth?’ featured among Brian Walshe’s gruesome Google searches
Court docs Wednesday reveal he also searched ‘dismembering body with a hacksaw’, ‘cleaning up blood’ and ‘inheritance’ –
Walshe, 47, shook his head as he pled not guilty to beating and disposing of his wife Ana Walshe, 39, to death on Jan. 1
Investigators also found the clothes and shoes Ana was wearing when she vanished, along with her purse and a blood-stained rug in a dumpster near his mother’s house
Friends say the pair were arguing constantly over her grueling work schedule, she’d stopped wearing her ring and rarely mentioned him in conversation
Ana’s remains have not been discovered – copse believe they were in heavy trash bags that Brian was seen discarding into a dumpster on January 3
Those bags were ‘shredded and incinerated’ before police got to them, prosecutors said
He is scheduled to appear in court on February 9, for a status hearing
The Massachusetts man accused of murdering his high-flyer DC realtor wife pled not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment for murder in a Norfolk County courtroom.
Walshe Wednesday uttered just two words his 14-minute court appearance, saying ‘I do’ when asked by Judge Mark Coven if he understood the charges against him.
Standing dispassionately in court, his hands cuffed in front of him and with his long dark hair swept back, he looked at Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland with a dull stare as she read the laundry list of evidence against him.
Brian Walshe police said, was tripped up by his extensive Google searches about divorce, murder, dismemberment and decomposing bodies. These are the new findings revealed today in a Massachusetts courtroom as he pled not guilty to beating his wife Ana to death.
Brian, 47, of Cohasset, Massachusetts, is accused of murdering 39-year-old Ana Walshe in the basement of their home on January 1, in the early hours of the morning, then discarding her body in a dumpster – disposed of by incineration before investigators could get to it, according to investigators.
Shackled Brain Walshe is led into courthouse through side door
Among the searches, conducted on an iPad belonging to one of his young sons, were ’10 ways to dismember a body’, ‘does baking soda make a body smell good?’ and ‘how long is someone missing before you can inherit?’
On December 27, five days before the mother-of-three vanished, her husband Googled: ‘Best state for divorce for a man.’
‘Rather than divorce, Brian Walshe dismembered Ana Walshe and discarded her body,’ Beland said on Wednesday, as she asked the judge to deny him bail – a request that was immediately granted.
Rather than divorce, Brian Walshe dismembered Ana Walshe and discarded her body
Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland.
Beland revealed that Ana’s DNA, along with Brian’s, was found on blood-stained clothes found in a dumpster near her mother’s house, along with the Hunter boots and Prada handbag she was wearing when she vanished.
Brian Walshe pleads not guilty to murdering his wife
Standing and Looking stoically, Brian Walshe shook his head during the brief hearing.
He was denied bail and his next court appearance was scheduled t for February 9th for a status hearing.
Walshe told police he last saw Ana at 6am on January 1, claiming she left for the airport to catch a flight to Washington DC for work.
Today, it was revealed that just hours earlier, he’d been frantically researching how to dispose of a body online and how long decomposition takes.
Police say Walshe used one of his 10-year-old son’s iPad to search gruesome terms like ‘how long before a body starts to smell?’
Ana and Brian’s was a fairy tale at the start of their romance, when he showered her with designer bags and cars. In the recent past however, it appears Ana had grown to become independent, working in Washington DC away from her family.
On December 27th, days before she vanished, he Googled: ‘What’s the best state to divorce for a man?’
Ana was last seen alive at 1.30am on January 1st by friends who had been in their home for a New Year’s Eve party.
Shortly before 5am on New Year’s Day prosecutors said, Walshe using his son’s iPad to research the avoidance of forensic detection. He searched:
‘How long before a body starts to smell?’
‘How to stop a body from decomposing?’
‘Ten ways to dispose of a dead body if you really need to?’
‘How long for someone to be missing before you inherit?’
‘Can you throw away body parts?’
‘What does Formaldehyde do?’
‘How long does DNA last?’
‘Can an ID be made on partial remains?’
‘Dismemberment and the best ways to dispose of a body?’
‘How to clean blood from a wooden floor?’
‘Luminol to detect blood’
One day later he went shopping for rugs at a Home Goods store while wearing rubber gloves and a face mask, before he returned to the iPad for more research.
He also spent $450 on cleaning supplies from a Home Depot including mops, buckets, tarps, drop cloths and various kinds of tape. Continuing his quest prosecutors said, he searched:
‘Hacksaw best tool to dismember’
‘Can you be charged with murder without a body?’
‘Can you identify a body with broken teeth?’
On January 3, Walshe police said, visited a dumpster in Abingdon, where he was seen carrying a heavy-looking garbage bag. ‘He had to heft it into the dumpster.’ Prosecutors tried to track down those trash bags, but by the time they got to them they had been destroyed in an incinerator at a trash transfer center. Walshe returned to his online search of:
‘What happens to hair on a dead body?’
‘What is the rate of decomposition of a body found in a plastic bag compared to on a surface in the woods?’
‘Can baking soda make a body smell good?’
Then on January 4 Walshe bought bath mats, men’s clothing and towels at TJ Maxx and Home Goods. He then visited Loewes, according to police.
That same day, a colleague of Ana’s in Washington DC called police in Cohasset to report her missing and request a welfare check at her home. Police visited the family house, where they noticed the seats in Brian’s Volvo were down, and a large, plastic liner was in the backseat.
On January 5, police returned to the Walshe family home, where they noticed Brian’s Volvo had been freshly cleaned.
When questioned, he said he’d thrown out the plastic liner they saw the previous day. That same day, he visited the dumpster near his mother’s home.
Three days later on January 8, Massachusetts police arrested Walshe. He was charged with misleading police.
Executing a search warrant against the family’s Cohasset home, cops discovered blood stains in the basement. They also found a knife with traces of blood on it.
Next police searched the dumpster near his mother’s home and found 10 trash bag that were stained with blood, containing more evidence including:
Slippers with both Ana and Brian’s DNA on it
Rags, tape, a medical suit with Brian and Ana’s DNA on it
Ana’s Hunter boots
Ana’s Prada handbag
Ana’s COVID-19 vaccine card, with her name on it
Walshe, 47, arrived at Quincy District Court early in a black SUV. He entered through a side door, wearing a gray top, khaki pants and black sneakers.
A close friend of Ana’s spoke about her apprehension at the news that her friend was missing. Boston realtor and entrepreneur Pamela Bardhi said: ‘Since day one, when I saw she was missing, my heart sank.
‘Every time I asked myself, where is Ana, what is going on Ana, I had this horrible pit in my stomach and I just had this awful feeling that something horrible happened to her.’
Ana, who married troubled Walshe in 2015 in Boston, moved to DC to work as a regional manager for upscale realtor Tishman Speyer. According to her friends, she had been enjoying her life as a busy working mother, splitting her time between Cohasset, Massachusetts, and Washington DC, where she worked for a real estate firm
She sold a home in Cohasset for $1.38million around the same time and bought a place in the capital for similar money.
While raising her three young sons, Ana Walshe who started in the hospitality industry in 2005 when she moved to the United States from home city Belgrade in Serbia, switched to real estate in 2020.
‘She was always pretty much the breadwinner of the family,’ her friend Bardhi said.
‘She was always very successful, is a very successful woman. Her brilliance far exceeded everything. She would say, you can do this, you can do that… she was as sharp as a tack.’
The friend said Ana gushed about her sons, but kept Walshe’s name away from conversations.
‘I didn’t know Brian and Ana didn’t talk about him,’ she said.
‘ She always talked about her boys. She’d say “Oh my boys, oh my goodness they’re wonderful”.
According to friends, she and Brian had been fighting over her grueling work schedule.
She regularly posted about her colleagues on social media, where mentions of her husband were few and far between.
She’d been working for Tishman Speyer for two years, and spending much of her time away from her family.
Ana’s friends have been fighting to keep her boys being split up into foster care. The children who were at home at the time of their mother’s disappearance, for the time being are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.