Brian Walshe’s smile on camera as police escorted him into court in handcuffs could be used as evidence of “a grandiose sense of self-esteem,” according to a forensic psychiatrist.
The peculiar moment occurred on January 9, a day after Walshe was arrested and charged with misleading a police investigation into the mysterious disappearance of his wife Ana Walshe from their home in Cohasset, Massachusetts, on New Year’s Day.
Dr. Ian Lamoureux, a forensic psychiatrist who has conducted more than 150 competency assessments and frequently testifies as an expert witness, told Fox News Digital that there are many possible explanations that are “benign.”
“Examples include trying to appear friendly and less ‘criminal,’ confidence that the evidence against them is weak, or even a social compulsion in which they are in the habit of smiling at others,” Lamoureux said.
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But prosecutors can use it to his advantage, according to Lamoureux, given his diagnosis of sociopathy, which was revealed in court documents after the convicted art scammer allegedly destroyed his father’s will and looted the property.
“If the state claims you’re a sociopath, it’s likely to point to this behavior as evidence of the lack of empathy and remorse seen in sociopathy,” Lamoureux said. “It could also be used as evidence of a grandiose sense of self-esteem, as they could argue that he was enjoying the publicity his trial is generating.”
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A little over a week later, on January 18, Brian was arraigned on charges of murder and misdisposition of a body in connection with the alleged death of his wife.
During his court appearance, the prosecution detailed 21 alleged Google searches on his son’s iPad before and after he allegedly killed his wife, including “Ten ways to…dispose of a dead body if you really need to” and “can they charge him with murder?” Without body?”
Lamoureux said these searches are “powerful” circumstantial evidence, which is what the case is based on, because investigators have yet to find Ana’s body.
“The defendant’s searches, if he is guilty, suggest that he is poorly organized. This is due to his timing,” he said. “If the searches follow the murder, they suggest that there was limited planning. He hadn’t thought through the crime from beginning to end.
“They also demonstrate that he clearly understands the wrongfulness of the murder. These searches clearly demonstrate a deliberate and focused effort to evade criminal detection.”
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The raids give prosecutors “a strong argument” for why there are no bodies, the renowned forensic psychiatrist said. “Simply put, these searches aren’t something your average law-abiding citizen does out of boredom or benign curiosity. If he contextualizes them with the timeline of events, it looks even more sinister.”
There is a split among experts on how strong the state’s case is against Brian.
A Massachusetts criminal defense attorney and high-profile lawyer, Iris Eytan, who successfully acquitted her client, Barry Morphew, of murder charges, questioned the strength of the evidence presented in court.
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“I’m not saying you’re innocent and you’re not responsible, but I’m saying don’t make snap judgments,” Eytan told Fox News Digital in an earlier interview. “When they rush in and charge someone with murder two weeks after someone’s date of disappearance, that’s fast without having a body.”
A not guilty plea has been entered on all charges on Brian’s behalf, and his attorney, Tracy Miner, has said in her only statement since the arraignment that she intends to “win” this case in court and not in the media.
“It is easy to accuse a crime, and easier still to say that a person committed that crime. It is something much more difficult to prove, that we will see if the prosecution can do it, “said Miner.
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Despite the alleged sociopathic diagnosis, Lamoureux does not see Miner using a mental health defense because Google searches “suggest he understood the wrongfulness of murder at the time of the crime.”
“None of his behavior after the alleged crime suggests that he was delusional or out of touch with reality in any way,” Lamoureux said. “No evidence of a history of mental illness has been submitted at this time. If you are pleaded insane, which is an affirmative crime, you will have to provide an account of the crime, which would have to result in the discovery of the body or trace human remains to support the external validation”.