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THIS SPECIALLY-PRICED BOX SET OF THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF ADAM WALSH INCLUDES THE FULL BOOKS ONE AND TWOSix-year-old Adam Walsh disappeared from the toy department of a Sears in Hollywood, Florida, in 1981. Two weeks later and 125 miles away, a child's severed head was found and identified as Adam. His parents, Reve and John Walsh, deeply grieved and dedicated their lives going forward to helping find other parents' children who had gone missing. In 2008, 27 years later, police announced at a live televised press conference that they'd finally solved the case, blaming the kidnapping and murder on a by-then dead man. Because of that there could never be a trial.
All of that is true. But virtually everything else that you think you know about this famous case is wrong.

In 1983, 25 years earlier, that suspect had volunteered a confession that he'd killed Adam Walsh. But the police then had deeply investigated his story and couldn't verify anything he'd said, not even that he'd been within 400 miles of the area. In 2008, when a new Hollywood Police chief closed the case, he admitted they had no new evidence.

What the new chief didn't mention was that by then he had six separate police witnesses who'd been at the shopping mall on that day in 1981, and had since spoken up. Most had seen Adam;all had seen a much more likely suspect -- Jeffrey Dahmer. A microfilmed Miami police report the author found and had previously shown to the Walsh detectives proved that Dahmer was then living just a few miles from the Sears. Dahmer's boss told the author that the prompt for the report was that Dahmer had told him he'd just found the body of a homeless man behind the store. Yes, bad luck, Jeffrey Dahmer found a dead body. 1981 was 10 years before Milwaukee police found severed heads in Dahmer's refrigerator and arrested him as a serial killer. He said he'd killed his first victim in 1978.

Even worse, it turned out that the identification of the child as Adam had been slapdash and suspect. The Walsh parents weren't present for it; John Walsh wrote years later that he'd never viewed even photographs of the remains. A family friend had been present for the ID, and Walsh wrote that his first impression had been that it wasn't Adam. Because the remains were only a severed head, there were no fingerprints, and forensic DNA was still years away. The pathologist making the identification did it strictly by teeth, but he admitted he wasn't a dental expert. Dental X-rays, when available, are a standard for comparison, but he didn't have them. He also had a forensic dentist available but never consulted him. A medical examiner in another regional office performed the autopsy, but he also never consulted a forensic dentist.

Worse again, that medical examiner never wrote and submitted an autopsy report, as state laws and guidelines require. That perhaps never happens.Had police ever charged any live defendant with murder in this case,prosecutors in court would have been handcuffed to prove that the dead child was Adam. The case likely then would have ended.

Why all the misdirection? Did Dahmer take Adam? Is Adam even dead, is that someone else's child? Could Adam be... alive?


Fifteen years of continuing research. Author's story appeared in 2007 on ABC Primetime,and in 2010 on a Sunday front page of The Miami Herald.
 
"I never, and to my knowledge no one in the office, prepared a report on the head of Adam Walsh."
--2010 email from Dr. Ronald K. Wright, in 1981 the Chief Broward County Medical Examiner, who performed the autopsy on the remains of the child previously identified as Adam Walsh, when asked if he had a personal copy of Adam Walsh's autopsy report that neither the Medical Examiner's Office nor the police had.

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            The famous missing child case of Adam Walsh, a 6-year-old last seen at a Sears in a shopping mall in Hollywood, Florida, in July 1981 was the worst nightmare imaginable. Two weeks later, a child's severed head was found and identified as Adam. No one has ever been arrested for the crime.
            For the most part, the case's narration has been told by the victims, Adam's parents Reve and John Walsh. However, there has been another voice, independent investigative journalist and author of five True Crime books about Florida, Arthur Jay Harris, who has continued to write about it for two decades, and has worked on it with ABC News, The Miami Herald, and others. The deeply-researched story he tells disputes almost everything that everyone in the public has been led to believe.
            IN BOOK ONE, Harris shows that the taker of Adam was most likely not the drifter Ottis Toole, as police now say, but rather the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was arrested ten years later with eleven severed heads in his apartment. Harris documented him by a police report living near Hollywood as a transient about when Adam disappeared. That report had him supposedly finding a dead body in an alley behind where he worked. The report referred to a meter and storage room steps away where Harris and ABC News found blood droplets rising up a wall next to a lumberman's axe and a sledgehammer. Was this Dahmer's doing?
            Further, Dahmer was identified by seven police witnesses who said they saw him at the mall with or near Adam when he was taken. One of those witnesses said he saw him throw Adam into a blue van and get away. Where Dahmer worked there was a blue van, easily and often taken for personal use, without permission. Early on, a blue getaway van was Hollywood's first, best clue.
            Also, a police composite drawing of a suspect in an attempted kidnapping of a similar-age child at a Sears in the next county, two weeks before Adam's disappearance, closely matches a mug shot of Dahmer taken a year later. The similarity was confirmed by the near-victim, a witness who helped make the drawing, and a police artist Harris consulted. The photo comparison is in the book.
            IN BOOK TWO, more shocking, Harris shows that all the official files are incredibly missing the most customary documents that would prove the identification of the found child who was said to be Adam. Among the documents missing are the autopsy report, a forensic dental report (considering that the ID was strictly based on a tooth comparison), and Adam's dental chart and dental X-rays. An investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed his finding.
            In fact, the ID was not only shoddy and inadequate but is overwhelmingly likely wrong. In Adam's last photo he was clearly missing both his top front teeth. A police crime scene photo, never before published, shows the found child had a mostly-in buck tooth -- a top left front tooth. Harris consulted a number of pediatric and forensic dental and medical examiner experts who confirmed the obvious: there wasn't enough time for Adam to have grown it in that far.
            All that would have been exposed at a court trial -- but more than 30 years after Adam's disappearance, there has never been one.
            Yet another remarkable finding Harris made is that more than 20 years after the incident, the Walshes consented to police forensic testing that presumed a doubt about the found child's real identity.
           Did police end the search for Adam too soon? Could Adam still be alive? In fact not so impossible, Harris found...

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The Medical Examiner misidentified the body. The cops blamed the wrong suspect. What really happened to Adam Walsh?
            In 1981, America was captivated -- and horrified -- by the kidnapping and reported murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh. Florida police ultimately identified the decapitated head of a found child as Adam, and implicated an out-of-town drifter as the murderer.
            But something about the investigation was incomplete. And wrong. In this special box-set edition of his controversial two-book chronicle, true crime journalist Arthur Jay Harris reveals that Walsh's kidnapper was actually the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, that the body found by police was misidentified,and that Adam Walsh is quite possibly -- even probably -- still alive.

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