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Killer of "Most Wanted" Host's Son Identified

12/16/2008 2:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The tragic murder of a 6-year-old that lead John Walsh to host "America's Most Wanted" has finally been solved -- a mere 27 years after it happened.

Police in Hollywood, Florida are finally going to ID the scumbag who abducted and decapitated 6-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981. Police are expected to ID the killer as Ottis Toole, a convicted pedophile who died in prison in 1996.

Walsh began hosting "AMW" in 1988 -- a show which claims to have led to the capture of over 1,000 fugitives.

The killer will be officially announced at a press conference later today.

UPDATE: Walsh's publicist just told TMZ, "Evidence proves beyond a doubt that if Toole were alive today, he'd be charged and convicted of abducting and killing Adam."


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It's about time!!!!

2115 days ago

dont know    

I was only 10 when this happened, but still remember it bothering me. Thank God for John Walsh and all he has done for all of our children. I just hope he can find just a little peace.

2115 days ago


So what.

2115 days ago


I had never heard of a case of child abduction until Adam Walsh's. Thanks heavens his father is proactive but 27 years is a long time to wait to hear this news.

2115 days ago


Every parent's worst nightmare. I think TMZ should give any ad banner sales from this page to help find missing kids.

2115 days ago


comment # 3 ....SO WHAT ..? you heartless f*ck.i HOPE u dont have children.

2115 days ago

northern gypsy    

i guess the old saying ...better late than never applies here...hope the walsh family finds comfort in knowing the truth...

2115 days ago


27 years of hell for that poor family. Thank God they can finally have closure. We all owe John Walsh a huge debt of gratitude for all the children he so diligently has tried to protect. For those he could not, he will search forever to find.

2115 days ago

The Real Sid Shady    

WOW. That is unbelievable.

2115 days ago


NUMBER 3 yur an ass to start with!! And God bless this poor family for all they went thru..I was visiting Florida when this happened and it still to this day makes me sick...Adam s smiling from heaven!

2115 days ago


How convienant. The so-called killer has been dead for 12 years and we're just now getting this. Law enforcement has been known to peg unsolvable crimes on dead men and this schmuck seems like the perfect target. 20 years ago I felt bad for Walsh but now everything he says and does revolves around ratings and satisfying his own ego. Tragic loss but I'm skeptical as to whether this is really the guy or if they decided to have this press conference now because AMW's ratings are tanking.

2115 days ago


The Walsh's have publicly stated Ottis Toole was thier son's murderer for several years. I wonder what incriminating evidence the authorities now have that led them to this conclusion. The only part of Adam that was ever recovered was his head. And to the callous idiot that posted the "so what" comment....may your life never be struck by tragedy. Show a little empathy and respect for the dead. Please and thanks.

2115 days ago


Nothing will bring Adam Walsh back, and I can't even imagine the heartbreak the Walsh's went through at the time of Adam's abduction and killing, but the killer has been identified and justice has been served. The man is dead ~ just as he should be, should have been, as a matter of fact, many years ago. He's been taking up oxygen for too long. Thanks to John Walsh many of these same kind of horrible people have been taken off the street.s, and other children remain safe in Adam's memory.

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To #10: You must be related to poster #3. "but now everything he says and does revolves around ratings and satisfying his own ego." What an ignorant sleezeball you must really be. Out of his tragic loss, he dedicated his life to the protection of innocent victims and their families. What the hell have you done to make you special?????

2115 days ago


I hope there will be some peace for John Walsh and his family and maybe now little Adam Walsh will finally rest in peace. If Otis Toole is the one that murdered this little boy why has it taken so long to ID him as the killer? Didnt he confess to the murder while on his death bed?

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