Prosecutors: Brian Walshe Made Chilling Google Searches

They accuse him of dismembering wife Ana Walshe
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2023 10:25 AM CST
Brian Walshe Allegedly Googled Body Disposal on Son's iPad
Brian Walshe, center, listens during his arraignment on Wednesday in Quincy District Court in Quincy, Massachusetts, on a charge of murdering his wife, Ana Walshe.   (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Prosecutors on Wednesday laid out some of their case against Brian Walshe, whom they accuse of dismembering his wife with a hacksaw before disposing of the remains, reports Boston 25. Walshe was arraigned on charges of murder and disinterring a body Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea. The Boston Globe reports prosecutor Lynn Beland shared with the Quincy District Court a number of Google searches Walshe allegedly made—some on his son's iPad—after wife Ana Walshe was last seen, including "10 ways to dispose of a dead body if you really need to." Beland says Ana Walshe's phone was turned off at 3:14am on Jan. 2 and alleges Brian Walshe's first search was made at 4:55am the day prior. Among the searches allegedly made between then and the afternoon of Jan. 3:

  • "How long before a body starts to smell"
  • "How to stop a body from decomposing"
  • "How to embalm a body"
  • "10 ways to dispose of a dead body if you really need to"
  • "How long for someone to be missing to inherit"
  • "Can you throw away body parts"
  • "How long does DNA last"
  • "Can identification be made on partial remains"
  • "Dismemberment and the best ways to dispose of a body"
  • "What happens when you put body parts in ammonia"
  • "Is it better to throw crime scene clothes away or wash them"
  • "Hacksaw best tool to dismember"
  • "Can you identify a body with broken teeth"
  • "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"

The AP reports authorities have searched the family's Cohasset, Massachusetts, home and a nearby wooded area, a trash processing facility in Peabody, and a condo complex where Brian Walshe's mother lives. Beland said clothes and other items bearing Ana Walshe's DNA were found at the processing facility. (Read more on the case here.)

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