What Really Happened To John Walsh's 6-Year-Old Son?

A six-year-old boy vanished from a shopping mall in Hollywood, Florida. On July 27, 1981, Adam Walsh's mother, Reve Walsh, left the child briefly unattended. When she returned, he was gone without a trace. A frantic search was underway soon thereafter, and the case captured national attention. The boy’s severed head was found in a canal two weeks later, but the rest of his body was never discovered. The case remained unsolved for more than 25 years.

His father, John Walsh, went on to become an advocate of sorts for unsolved crimes. He would go on to host ‘America’s Most Wanted’ as part of his overall quest for justice. In 2008, serial killer Ottis Toole was fingered as the man responsible for Adam’s death. Toole passed away in 1996, but police apparently had enough to go on to finally bring the case to a close.

As Uproxx shares, true-crime author Arthur Jay Harris has been an incredibly close follower of the Walsh case, and he’s released a two-book series entitled ‘The Unsolved Murder of Adam Walsh.’ As you can tell by the title, Harris thinks that police tapped the wrong man. That’s not the only explosive claim he has made on the case.

“In short, the evidence against Ottis Toole, who police blamed for Adam’s murder, is between poor and none,” Harris said during an interview with Uproxx. “Another police suspect, who they dismissed with little inquiry — no less than Jeffrey Dahmer, who at the time was documented living no more than 20 minutes by vehicle from the mall, is a far more likely suspect.”

Toole buys into the theory that Dahmer killed Walsh, and he also believes the investigation into the child’s disappearance was completely botched. What’s more, he feels that the authorities were incredibly sloppy with record-keeping on the case. As he sees it, that leaves a ton of unanswered questions as to what really happened here.

“By the way, not only has John Walsh never spoken to me about my findings, he’s never spoken to anyone I’ve worked with on the story,” Harris continues. “After in 1997, I got a very loud cold shoulder from him for a magazine story I wrote, I’ve let my editors, producers, or co-reporters solicit comments from him, rather than me do it. In that way I’ve tried to keep a light footprint. Nor had he ever spoken to Jay Grelen, so I don’t think Walsh’s refusal was personal to me.”

That could simply be because Walsh feels that Harris has created a cottage industry out of the most traumatic event that he ever had to deal with. Or it could be because Harris claims that Adam isn’t dead.

“I realized then I would need to spend some time on this. I did everything I could think of. I had a fortunate connection elsewhere in the story to the man who had been Adam’s best friend,” Harris continues. “This man who said he was Adam knew all sorts of specific things that only old friends can know about each other — and that he could not have gotten from the Internet or elsewhere. I basically said, 'Sheesh!'”

Harris’s tale is incredibly compelling if it’s true - and there’s the rub. He’s spun an interesting web here, but he’s taken bits and pieces of information and cobbled it together to see the narrative of his choosing. While there’s no question that he’s an authority on the case, why would there be such a vast conspiracy at play here as he seems to be suggesting?

Source: Uproxx
Photo: Tampa Bay Times

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