Brian Walshe’s “wife dismemberment” doesn’t mean he’s “psychotic,” but suggests a sinister “method,” says the criminal psychologist
BRIAN Walshe allegedly dismembering his wife doesn’t mean he’s “psychotic” but points to a sinister method, a criminal psychologist said.
dr Louis B. Schlesinger, a psychology professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, spoke to The US Sun about why Walshe may have dismembered his wife, Ana Walshe, after prosecutors charged him with it.
Schlesinger does not work with authorities in the Walshe case, but has experience handling dismemberment cases throughout his career.
He said that in the cases he has worked with where the perpetrator has dismembered his victim, the perpetrator has never been psychotic.
“You have to look at it from the perpetrator’s frame of reference,” said Schlesinger.
“You might look like, ‘Oh my god, he must have been psychotic,’ but no, not at all.
“I’ve never had a case where the perpetrator was psychotic.”
He said that in most cases, dismemberment had nothing to do with the offender’s legal state of mind and was instead a method of solving a problem.
“Walking out with a dead body isn’t easy, it’s very difficult, so dismemberment is the solution to that.”
The “overwhelming” reason perpetrators dismember their victims is to dispose of the body, Schlesinger said.
“Usually that’s what happens when the murder happened in someone’s home. For example, because you kill your wife, how do you get the body out of the house?
“It’s very difficult, the bodies are big, it’s very difficult when they’re dead.
“So they will dismember the body to dispose of it.”
Schlesinger added that if the victim is killed miles away, such as in the woods, most perpetrators would just leave the body there.
“I don’t know Brian Walshe’s living situation, but in his opinion he couldn’t just drag the body out and throw it in the car,” he said.
“You know, that’s how you get caught. people will see you It’s a lot harder than you think.”
Brian Walshe, 46, was arrested on January 8 and accused of misleading police investigators during their investigation into his wife’s disappearance before finally being charged with her murder.
The new charges came from Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.
During Walshe’s arraignment on Jan. 9, prosecutors revealed that authorities reportedly found “bloodstains and a broken knife” in the basement of the family’s Cohasset, Massachusetts home.
Prosecutors allege that Walshe bought $450 worth of cleaning supplies at a Home Depot the day after Ana was last seen.
Walshe allegedly told police that on Jan. 2 he only went out to get ice cream with his son.
However, surveillance footage spotted him at a Home Depot in Rockland, where he was buying mops, buckets, various types of duct tape and a tarp, prosecutors in court said.
According to court documents, Walshe paid cash and wore a mask and gloves when entering the hardware store.
Walshe was caught on video with his son at a juice bar in Norwell on Jan. 2, footage obtained by 7NEWS shows.
He is being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on February 9.
According to the Norfolk Attorney’s Office, police have developed probable cause to believe that Walshe committed the crime of misleading police investigators during their investigation.
Prosecutors claim Walshe’s lies to investigators about his whereabouts could have given him time to clean up the evidence.
The police have yet to find Ana’s body.
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