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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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B    

Heartbreaking what happened to Adam. Unthinkable. In a kind world, it should have been safe, but his mother left him alone in the toy department of a department store while she went to look at sheets or curtains. You just can't do that. Imagine her guilt, and the strain on their marriage, it must have been awful.
Give your kids a hug today and keep them close.

2083 days ago
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devilgirl    

I am so glad for the family. Talk about taking the absolute worst thing that can happen to you and making some kind of good of it. John and Reve Walsh are heroes.

2083 days ago
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Jeff Gatti    

I do hope that this brings closure to the Walsh family after all of these years. They have endured so much that to have this data arrive now, well as a parent I could only say bless you.

As for Mr. Walsh, please contact me if you would like to have a beer at The ESSEX house off I40 about 20 miles west of I95 and Ormond/Daytona Beach.

There we could relax, have WHOLE BELLIED CLAMS at one of the few places you can in florida, and this place is remote.

Then after some good food and a few laughs, we could drive to the bastards grave and URINATE on it together.

Thanks

2083 days ago
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drkmtl38    

#3 is a heartless ass. doing it for attention, no doubt. like many people posting here, i was young--8years old--and i remember it as well. This is YET another event that Mr. Walsh will have to go thru and heal...but hopefully he can now get SOME kind of closure.

2083 days ago
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Mary    

Had a friend in college that went to Northwestern Med University, he just disappeared one day without his insulin. He used to walk on the beach early morning, we just figured he fell thru some ice. But after the Walsh and Gacy incidents, we believed he was taken, and never seen again. Walsh opened up our eyes to this. I think that's what's happening to those young men that drink and disappear in downtown Chicago in the last few years.

2083 days ago
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YUCK    

It's about freakin' time. Everyone knew this sc*m Ottis Toole was the main subject well over 20 years ago. Since this freak died in prison a long time ago, maybe this will give the Walsh's some final closure.

AND, #3, you're an ASS. Don't ever have kids; you're probably the kind that will become a pedophile, if you're not one already...

2083 days ago
52.

Vicki    

To the person that said "so what" you are heartless. YOu have obviously never lost someone close to you. FOr your sake I hope you don't because you won't get any sympathy.

2083 days ago
53.

HowsAboutThis    

This is one of the few times where I've read mostly constructive comments related to a story. GREAT!
We, as readers, probably should try harder to not reply to trolls (you know who you are). We all know why they say such ridiculous things and unfortunately, when we respond directly to the poster it really just fuels the fire.
Can we collectively try to do this from now on?

2083 days ago
54.

gail    

I AM SO HAPPY THAT IT FINALLY BRINGS CLOSURE TO THERE FAMILY........BUT IT IS STILL ASHAME THAT SO MANY CHILDREN ARE MURDERED LIKE THIS................STILL MAKES YOU WONDER HOW DID THEY FIND OUT THAT THIS GUY DID IT.........

2083 days ago
55.

baily    

John Welsh you and your family our in my prayers .God Bless !

2083 days ago
56.

So much for being a virgin    

3. So what.

Posted at 1:00PM on Dec 16th 2008 by G. Hall
Karma is all i have to say to you. And better your kid (s) than someone else's.

2083 days ago
57.

don    

YOU NEVER FIND PEACE AFTER YOUR CHILD WAS MURDERED IN SUCH A HORRIFIC WAY, NIGHTMARE AFTER NIGHTMARE!!! gOD BLESS ALL THAT HAVE LOST A CHILD.

2083 days ago
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trisha    

That is just so amazing and what a christmas gift for the family to finally have the answers. It wont bring back their son but now he can rest in peace.

2083 days ago
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dean c    

to that ass hole # 3 i hope u live and die by yourself you rotten douche bag

2083 days ago
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keiraknightley21220    

I feel so bad for John Walsh. Some of the stories on America's Most Wanted sometimes scare you so much that you just wish a thing like this will never happen to another child ever again. I pray today that John Walsh knows that his son is in HEAVEN and is an angel and the man found guilty of killing his son I hope is serving his time justly in HELL.

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