Author: Les Standiford with Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews
Call #: 364.1523 STA
On a July morning in 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh who would go on to create the TV program America’s Most Wanted, was abducted outside a Sears store in Hollywood, Florida while his mother was inside shopping for lamps. He was never seen alive again. He was decapitated and his head dumped in a nearby canal; the only part of Adam ever found. This book is as frustrating as it is sad. Because of shoddy detective work and police department arrogance it took 27 years for the killer to be charged and he was already dead. It was the dedicated work of co-author Matthews to personally piece the crime together over a quarter of a century after it happened that the Walsh family finally had a small form of justice. The gruesome details of Adam’s murder are sickening, but the efforts of his parents to change attitudes and laws concerning missing children are inspiring and a true tribute to Adam’s memory. A disturbing and important book.
Recommended by: Mike