An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday charging Brian Walsh with murder wife Anna Walshmother of three from Massachusetts who had been missing since New Year’s, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said.
Walsh, 47, pleaded not guilty last week for misleading investigators about his actions and whereabouts at the time his wife disappeared. He is being held at the Norfolk County Correctional Facility and will be transported to Quincy District Court to be arraigned on the murder charge, Morrissey said.
“Further details of the investigation and evidence to support these allegations will likely be presented at the time of the charges, but will not be released at this stage,” the prosecutor said.
A lawyer for Brian Walsh declined to comment.
The arrest warrant comes more than two weeks after Anna Walsh was reported missing from her workplace, prompting investigators to launch a massive manhunt for her whereabouts.
Police found potentially grim evidence: blood and a bloody knife in the basement of the family’s Cohasset home, according to prosecutors; Internet records of Brian Walshe showing searches on how to dismember and dispose of a body, according to law enforcement sources; and a hacksaw and apparent bloodstains at a garbage collection site, law enforcement sources said.
According to police, he told investigators he last saw his wife early on Jan. 1 when she left their Cohasset home by carpool or taxi to head to the airport and catch a flight to Washington for her job at Real Estate. He said he ran errands for his mother in nearby Swampscott later that day and went out for ice cream with one of his children the next day.
But prosecutors said there was no evidence Anna Walsh ordered a ride or made it to the airport, and in an affidavit police said there was no evidence he ran errands for his mother on New Year’s Day. Prosecutors discovered surveillance video showing Brian Walsh at Home Depot buying $450 in cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket and tarps, in cash on Jan. 2.
The affidavit describes Brian Walsh’s statements to the police as “a clear attempt to mislead and delay investigators”.
The charge follows a series of tumultuous legal troubles for Brian Walsh.
In 2021, he pleaded guilty to three federal fraud charges related to a 2018 scheme to sell fake Andy Warhol artwork online. He has since been under house arrest and supervision as part of his pre-sentence conditions.
Also in 2018, his father Dr. Thomas Walsh passed away, leading to a protracted legal battle over his estate. In court documents, people close to the family accuse Brian Walsh of financial abuse, describe him as angry and violent and say he was diagnosed as a sociopath.
“He had a bitter row with his son,” Andrew Walsh, executor of the estate, said of Dr Walsh’s relationship with Brian. “Bryan had absconded with a considerable amount of his money; he has had almost no contact with Brian R. Walsh for the past ten years.”
Furthermore, Anna Walsh told police in 2014 that someone was threatening her to “kill (her) and her boyfriend,” according to an incident report obtained by CNN from the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. A spokesperson for the department confirmed that Brian Walsh was the person involved in the report.
The report was filed by Anna Walsh – then Anna Knipp – when she was a resident of the District of Columbia. The case was later closed because the victim refused to cooperate with prosecutors, the spokesman said.
The couple’s three children, all between the ages of 2 and 6, are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a spokesman said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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