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John Walsh: In His Own Words

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He finally got justice for his son Adam ... and says justice for Caylee Anthony is next.

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This week, child molester and pedophile Ottis Toole was named by police as the man who kidnapped, murdered and decapitated John Walsh's 6-year-old son, Adam, back in 1981 when he went missing during a shopping trip with his mom.

The Walsh family sat down with momlogic to talk about the horrific nightmare that John, Reve and their three children have lived with every day since Adam went missing. It's a tragic irony not lost on John, the host of "America's Most Wanted." "The frustration for me is in 21 years I have caught over 1,000 guys and I could not get justice in my own son's case," he says. "That frustration ended for me yesterday."

John also described the maddening reality of knowing who was responsible for his son's death, but not being able to do anything about it. He says sloppy police work and missing forensic evidence prolonged the agony of not seeing their son's murderer brought to justice. Ottis Toole died in prison back in 1996 before he could be charged with Adam's murder. "I wish that DNA had been a factor because the police lost Ottis Toole's car and the bloody piece of carpet in the back of the car where he said he decapitated Adam," he says. "When DNA became the technology, the FBI wanted to test that carpet. The Hollywood P.D. said 'we don't have that carpet.' They lost it."

And now that his own son's case is solved, helping other families find the same closure is something this tireless advocate says he will never stop doing. "It gives hope to lots of victims out there," he explains. "There are parents of murdered children, of missing children that have never gotten any justice or closure. It gives them hope seeing us after 27 years of trying to keep Adam's case out there. I have said it before: justice delayed is not justice denied."

And Walsh hopes to see justice served soon in the case of missing 3-year-old, Caylee Anthony. He has always believed her mother, Casey, is guilty. "That mother in Florida -- I said it from the beginning in my opinion that she murdered her child. People would be lucky if they ever found her body. Now it looks as if they have. That's a terrible case, but I feel she is going to pay."

With the holidays approaching, John tells momlogic that this is going to be a very special holiday season for the entire family. "This is going to be the best Christmas in 27 years," he exclaims. "We're going to celebrate and we are blessed to have these three children. And Adam will be right there with us. He's always been our angel and he'll be right there with us."

While John admits he's not much for New Year's resolutions, this year will be different. His resolution is to stay committed and to continue to helping other families. "I would like to see a National DNA Database," he says. "It would solve thousands of rapes and would clear thousands of innocent people. It would send guilty people to prison and bring innocent people home."




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Click here to see John Walsh and his family interviewed on EXTRA.


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193 comments so far | Post a comment now
sharon meyers December 18, 2008, 6:54 AM

im glad you finall got justice for your son i have 3 boys and woulld’t know how life could go on with out them. He was a very cute little boy but if this tragic thing didn’t happen to you then maybe you wouldnt have done all the good you have done for other familys and i’m sure adam is looking down and thinking everyday how wonderful it is that some good came out of all this. and that bastard ottis toole is suffering. our prayers are with you and your family

LI_Mom December 18, 2008, 9:14 AM

God bless John Walsh and how he and his wife turned a terrible tragedy into so many miracles for other families.

Adam & Caylee left us too soon and were both victims of monsters.

Joanne December 18, 2008, 9:41 AM

My heart breaks for this family. Thank God their son can rest in peace now. John Walsh has taken his personal tragedy and used it as a springboard to do so much good for other families. I hope they have a wonderful, blessed Christmas

Dee December 18, 2008, 11:05 AM

I have always had such empathy for John and Reve. My own son was born November 12, 1974. I remember always feeling that there, but for the grace of God, go I. Believe me, I don’t blame God for Adam’s abduction, nor do I believe I have received His grace and the Walsh family did not. We all know that bad things happen to good people because bad people often choose to do bad things. We lived in a time that was so different; we didn’t know people could do such things. Now, we do know. My prayers are with the Walsh family. I am glad they finally were able to get this case closed. Adam will always be with them, and they’ll have a happy reunion one day.

Stitches77 December 18, 2008, 11:37 AM

There is no evidence linking Toole to this abduction nor is there any proof Toole was a pedophile or child molestor.

Brad December 19, 2008, 6:14 AM

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Mish December 19, 2008, 6:30 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Walsh family, and am so grateful for the hard work Mr. Walsh does for our whole country. I hope they do have a more relaxing Christmas this year.
Mish in NY

D December 19, 2008, 6:34 AM

THIS IS FOR STITCHES 77! THEY STATED IN THE NEWS AND HAD EVIDENCE AND HIS NIECE ADMITTED IT!! WHEN I HEAR PEOPLE LIKE YOU SPEAK THIS WAY, IT MAKES ME THINK THAT YOUR RIGHT ALONG UP THERE WITH PEOPLE LIKE TOOLE!! LET ME EXPLAIN, YOUR PROBABLY A MALE, WHO’S BEEN ABUSED EMOTIONALLY OR PHYSICALLY WITH NO LOVE FROM PARENTS AND HAVE PICTURES OF CHILDREN NUDE ON YOUR COMPUTER OR AND HAVE ACTED OUT IN PERVERSION AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE, BEING A PEEPING TOM, TOUCHING SOMEONE INAPPROPRIATELY OR EVEN WORSE FANTASIZING ABOUT HAVING RELATIONS WITH CHILDREN, IF NOT YOUR OWN. (77) THAT WOULD MAKE YOU 31? SO, YOU PROBABLY HAVE!! WHICH WOULD MAKE YOU ONE SICK BASTARD!!!!ENJOY READING THIS POST!! YOU PIECE OF SH#T OF A BASTARD!!!

PAT December 19, 2008, 6:46 AM

Iam so glad that your family beleive this toole was the guilty man ,And your son Adam and little Cayley are in Heaven where they belong.But it is so terrible that we have people like Toole and Casey that have no mortals at all that they can take there own childs life or any other childs.God Bless all of you that have lost children to these Monsters.Merry Christmas to you all.

P. MILLER December 19, 2008, 6:50 AM

THIS IS FOR BRAD NUT I THINK YOU NEED TO GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER. HOW COULD YOU POST SOMETHING LIKE A SEX TAPE HERE YOU SICK MINDED IDOIT.I PUT SOME COOKIES ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS MAKE SURE YOU PICK THEM UP WHEN A TRAIN IS COMING ……

Anonymous December 19, 2008, 7:04 AM

God bless you and your family Mr Walsch and all you do!!

jim December 19, 2008, 7:05 AM

as for stitches77, you are most likely a semen syphoner and one last thing 4 Q very much! ! !

LeeAnn December 19, 2008, 7:06 AM

Beautiful, wonderful Adam! He saved many children’s lives with his sacrifice. My three children were watched with extra care because of Adam. I grew up in a time where my brothers and I could roam the toy isles without a parent. I would have done the same with my own kids had it not been for Adam. Adam is an angel for all of us. Thank you, Adam.

mike hunt December 19, 2008, 7:07 AM

Stiches77,
What is your damage?You obviously mistake this page for a porn site.At least leave a light on in your parents basement so you can see what your typing.

gerard December 19, 2008, 7:08 AM

Well, seems this is still a mystery but John does need some form of closure. Hey John, we, the world, all love you and Caylee my brother. You have also turned out to be such a major player in the game of catching hard-core criminals. I am so sorry that you had to lose in such a harsh way in order for you to land in your position. In all, God Bless to you and your beautiful, lovely Angelic Caylee.

jim December 19, 2008, 7:13 AM

hey stitchees77 why don’t you give us your address…bet ya wouldn’t last 24 hrs if you would please give us your address! ! !

D. Bennett December 19, 2008, 7:15 AM

The fact that John Walsh and his wife could make something so positive come out of such a horrific tradgedy absolutely takes my breath away. Just more proof that God does give us strength.I lost a sister in 2000 who had 12 children(7 of which were adopted, including 3 special needs children) She lived her whole life helping and reaching out to those in need, particularly the children. I know that Adam Walsh and Caylee Anthony are at her feet in heaven as we speak. Justice is finally yours, John and Reve. You will all be reunited one day in the presence of the Lord. May God bless and keep you this holiday season and always.

Mom2 December 19, 2008, 7:16 AM

It sickens me that people can hurt an innocent child like this.I remember when the Walsh’s were on TV when Adam went missing and how my mom & I cried for him. Adam will always be in the hearts of those who watched as you pleaded for his return. I am glad to see that the Walsh’ finally have some closure to this long case. I believe John is a true hero for dedicating his life into turning his tragedy into something very special for the victims that have been saved by his efforts. I hope this Christmas brings the Walsh family peace and happiness.

Jennifer December 19, 2008, 7:20 AM

God bless you and your family, John. I teared up while watching your press conference and I am overjoyed that your son’s case has been solved. Our nation owes you a debt of gratitude for the tireless work that you have done; a job that you never thought you would do. I’m sure that Adam is very proud of the work you have done, and what a powerful way to honor him. I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas, and hope and peace to you always. Keep on fighting the good fight…thanks again!

jf caruso  December 19, 2008, 7:21 AM

it,s time for john walsh to run for political office here in florida =and bring real justice to us ghere in florida


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