HOLLYWOOD, Florida (CNN) -- For nearly three decades, John Walsh's black leather jackets and swagger have made him a crime-fighting cultural icon. But when he returned this week to the Hollywood police station, he was once again the father of a murdered child, Adam Walsh. Walsh said the birth of their oldest daughter, Megan, "probably saved our lives.
"We'll always be the parents of that little boy," Reve Walsh says of her murdered son, Adam, who was 6. His face was ashen. His eyes were red and brimming with tears.
He clutched the hand of his wife, Reve, as police closed the books Tuesday on their 27-year investigation into his boy's abduction, murder and decapitation.
Ottis Toole, a convicted pedophile and murderer who was a partner of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, was officially named the killer. Toole died in prison for an unrelated crime in 1996.
After his son's death, Walsh became an advocate for missing children and crime victims, and host of the TV show "America's Most Wanted." He always thought Toole was the boy's killer. Now he knows for sure.
"For 27 years, we've been asking, 'Who can take a 6-year-old boy and murder and decapitate him? Who?' We needed to know," Walsh said. "The not knowing has been a torture, but that journey's.
See my prior post, Sunday, November 23, 2008, IN DEFENSE OF AMERICA'S MOST WANTED AND JOHN WALSH OR "AMERICA'S MOST ..... DISHONEST" ! America's Most Dishonest, can you believe that heading as posted on the far right website of "Atlas Shrugs" aka Pamela Oshry Geller !
"In 1981, when Adam disappeared, you couldn't enter missing children information into the FBI computer system," said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Walshes are co-founders of the center (John Walsh dedicated his life to help make your child's life safer).
"You could enter information on stolen cars, stolen guns and stolen jewelry, but you couldn't enter information on missing children," he said. Walsh, who before Adam's murder was a hotel developer, went to Capitol Hill and began a second career as an activist for crime victims. He fought for passage of the 1982 Missing Children's Act, which created the FBI's national database. Today, there are at least 80,000 missing children listed in the database.
In 1981, when Adam was taken and killed, there was no coordinated national response to child abductions. The 18,000 police departments across the United States did not effectively communicate.
"Most police departments would tell you he probably just ran away, if he doesn't come back, call us in 48 or 72 hours," Allen said. "But, what we've found in 75 percent of cases, the child is dead within the first three hours. Waiting until the day after tomorrow is just too late."
Walsh lobbied for more federal legislation and by 1984, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was up and running. With it came an explosion of activism that resulted in the faces of missing kids being printed on milk cartons and on fliers that have gone into 85 million homes a week for 23 years.
The Web site for John Walsh's show, "America's Most Wanted" says it has helped catch 1,049 fugitives." Society has built on a lot of the things they have done," said CNN law enforcement analyst Mike Brooks. There are surveillance cameras at businesses, and Amber Alerts are issued when a child is missing, (all thanks to the efforts of John Walsh).
Walsh "has helped law enforcement immensely," Brooks said. "The more eyes and ears you can get out there looking for a missing person, the better."
The Walshes raised their three other children in an envelope of pain and grief for a sibling they never knew.
On Tuesday, the Walsh children, now grown, accompanied their parents to the police station in Hollywood, Florida. They stood silently as their parents clutched hands and fought tears, once again victims, once again the parents of a murdered child
Following post from the lunatic fringe website of far right blogger "Atlas Shrugs" aka Pamela Oshry Geller, as per her post, John Walsh is running America's Most Wanted just for the "cash."
Sunday, November 23, 2008. AMERICA'S MOST ..... DISHONEST;
Close to a year after Amina and Sarah's death, America's Most Wanted did a segment on the story and rewrote history.
The deliberate silence of media, law enforcement, culture and the families, this disconnect in the West, endangers our ability to fight the global jihad and jeopardizes the lives of those who wish to escape the shackles of the oppression of women in Islam.I haven't seen it yet (AMW Episode on Yaser Said) but Here is Aunt Gail's reaction. I am vomiting.
I am livid! My heart is broken for poor Amina! They portrayed her as a killer and even used a knife as an assumed weapon of choice. How dare they! Then, to show these girls plotting against a man who they feared more than a rattlesnake! How preposterous! In this airing, the producer and John Walsh made the victims seem deserving of what Yasser did to them. Now, I see them as victims of a show intended to bring justice!
Yeah, right John John! I saw his true colors tonight and he is definitely in this for the money...
AMW is not a outlet for Muslim Bashing fanatics, it has to be bound by some journalistic codes, it is not a 'blog' were anything goes or as seen in this particular case, the "blog owner" did not even bother to view the AMW Yaser Said Episode in question and posted a defamatory article (with no knowledge) of John Walsh and AMW's work, this person is despicable !
John Walsh of AMW has been "On the Job" since 1981 and has helped catch 1,049 fugitives and this no nothing blogger "Atlas Shrugs" aka Pamela Oshry Geller defames him to enhance her own self importance, what a jerk.