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