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Long Island Killer Plants "Lunch" for Dead Wife

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William Walsh's detailed murder plot included planting his wife's lunch bag in a fake kidnap scene.

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Long Island husband William Walsh was so cool and collected in planning the discovery of his murdered wife Leigh that he hatched an elaborate plan to make it appear she had been abducted - he was spotted going back to her car to plant a bagged lunch he made for her, say police.

Here's a quick recap of the case: Police arrested William 29, on suspicion of murder Wednesday after the body of his wife Leigh Walsh, 29, a special education teacher, was found near a highway in Long Island two days after she didn't show up for work. Leah was reported missing Monday, and her abandoned car was found that day with a flat tire on a highway 13 miles from where her body was found.

But when William spoke to reporters outside the couple's Long Island home, he said, "I miss her more than anything. She loves her children. She wouldn't just leave them. Something had to have happened."

Police arrested William after the identity of the body was confirmed.

Cops say William strangled Leah after she accused him of cheating when he returned from Atlantic City on Sunday.

His alibi was that he was doing laundry and eating McDonald's - all the while, his dead wife's body was still in the house.

William then dumped Leigh's body in the woods in North Hills after driving around looking for the perfect spot, police said.

•"[He] staged text messages - purported communications between the husband and wife, and staged phony emotional pleas to the media," Azzata said. William - who one source says signed a 15-page confession - was arraigned yesterday on charges of second degree murder. He pleaded not guilty.

However, his lawyer insisted the confession was coerced.

"Any confession that they obtained was done by tricks," said attorney Karl Seman. "They focused only on him since day one."

•Strangely, not many people even knew William was married. His former co-workers at Charlie Brown's Steak House - where he was a manager up until six months ago - were shocked to discover William was married.

"I didn't know he had a wife," said one staffer.

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a reader November 1, 2008, 9:00 AM

A little respect for the dead please, her name is Leah.

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