Today in Quincy District Court, Brian Walshe was charged with the murder of his wife Ana. At arraignment, the prosecution read the allegations against Mr. Walshe, giving a timeline of events.
According to the prosecution, Walshe used his friend’s iPad to Google:
- How to stop a body from decomposing;
- Ten ways to dispose of a body;
- How long for someone to be missing to inherit?
- How to throw away body parts;
- What does formaldehyde do?
- How long does DNA last?
- Can identification be made on partial remains?
- Dismemberment and the best ways to dispose of a body;
- How to clean blood from a wooden floor;
- What happens when you put body parts in ammonia?
- Is it better to throw crime scene clothes away or wash them?
According to the prosecution, Walshe went to Home Goods in Norwell where he purchased three rugs. He then conducted the following searches on Google:
- Hacksaw best tooth to dismember;
- Can you be charged with murder without body?
- Can you identify a body with broken teeth?
Later in the day, Walshe allegedly went to Home Depot in Rockland. Police claim that, while there, he purchased cleaning products, tarps, tape, baking soda, a cleaning suit with boot covers, and a hatch.
In the evening, a man fitting Walshe’s description was seen on surveillance cameras at dumpsters outside of three separate apartment complexes in the area. The man, according to police, was disposing of garbage bags whose contents appeared heavy.
On the same day, prosecutors allege that Mr. Walshe made further Google searches. These search were
- 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?
Surveillance footage obtained by the police shows Walshe at Home Goods and TJ Maxx buying towels and bath mats. He then went to Lowe’s where he bought more cleaning supplies and a trash can.
That same day, police visited Mr. Walshe’s residence and saw the back seats of his Volvo folded down with a tarp laid over them.
Phone data obtained by police indicated that Walshe went to his mother’s apartment complex in Abington at 9:30am. While there, he went to the dumpster at the southwest corner of the property. The dumpster’s contents were taken to a transfer station in Peabody where police seized ten trash bags containing incriminating evidence. In the ten bags, police found
- Clothing and slippers that had blood and DNA from both Ana and Brian;
- Ana’s COVID vaccination card;
- Towels and rags;
- A hacksaw, hatchet, and cutting sheers;
- Other bags, that might have contained additional evidence were shredded and incinerated by the waste disposal service before police could get to them.
Lastly, the prosecutor told the court that on December 27, Walshe had entered a Google search for “the best state to divorce for a man.”
Mr. Walshe is held without bail. His next court date will be in early February.