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General : Suspect to be named in '81 Adam Walsh slaying
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From: Conrad  (Original Message)Sent: 12/16/2008 8:16 PM

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/12/16/walsh.case.closed/index.html

 

Adam Walsh 6, disappeared from a mall in August, 1981.  His head was found two week later, 120 miles away.

 
HOLLYWOOD, Florida (CNN) -- Police in Hollywood, Florida, said Tuesday that they are closing the 1981 investigation into the abduction and slaying of 6-year-old Adam Walsh.

Police will name drifter Ottis Toole, a convicted pedophile who died in prison in 1996, as the boy's suspected killer, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Toole twice confessed to killing the boy -- and twice recanted his story, saying he made it up. It could not be learned what, if any, new evidence exists.

Hollywood police chief Chad Wagner plans to provide details at an afternoon news conference. He will be joined by the boys parents, John and Reve Walsh.

John Walsh is host of the television show "America's Most Wanted." His son would now be 33.

Adam

Adam disappeared from a Sears store across from the Hollywood police station on July 27, 1981. Two weeks later, his severed head was found in a canal 120 miles away. The boy's body was never recovered.

Toole died in a prison in 1996, while he was serving a life sentence on unrelated charges. He was never charged in the case, nor was anyone else.

Toole's confessions in the Walsh case were always questioned by police, because Toole confessed to other murders that police knew he did not commit.

Although the details of his story changed, Toole did lead police to the Sears store and pointed out the spot where Adam was last seen. He also led police to the canal where the boy's head was found. But investigators could not find Adam's body where Toole said he left it.

A bloody piece of carpet removed from Toole's car was lost by police many years ago -- before DNA testing became available.

Police believe a 17-year-old security guard asked a handful of rowdy kids who were playing video games in the toy department to leave the store. Investigators believe Adam was grouped in with those kids, who left him alone outside the store. That was the last time he was seen.

Walsh told CNN's Larry King in 2007 that he believes Toole was responsible for his son's death.



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From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 12/16/2008 8:37 PM
Wow, I guess they just need to close that case. I didn't realize they could do that without some sort of evidence of some sort, you know what I mean?
 
I also never knew they had found his severed head 2 weeks after his disappearance. I could've sworn I'd seen endless pleas to 'find' him, that the Most Wanted show was started in part because the boy was 'missing', not dead. Totally missed all that, lol...
 
I also never realized that a security guard - himself a kid, btw - hustled out all the kids, including Adam. But - um - why is a 6 year old in an arcade (or anywhere really) all by himself? I never knew that. Jebus, when I was 6? There's no way in hell my mom or my dad would've just left me all by myself at some arcade or whatever. Holy mackeral...
 
 
I've found out a ton about that case that I had all wrong, all these years. Jebus...
 

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From: ConradSent: 12/16/2008 8:40 PM
I didn't know any of those things either Smig. I do remember something about him being decapitated though but I thought that they found his head much later than that.

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From: Jnp9Sent: 12/17/2008 1:58 PM
okay , so  i was watching the news this morning and i almost had to laugh
 
so they closed the case based ona  death bed confession of a psycopath?
 
and the parents say they now have closure?   .... the human spirut operates in weird ways sometimes

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From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tiogaSent: 12/17/2008 2:24 PM
I watched a show about Otis Toole this past Sunday.   He was a freakin' WEIRDO!
 
 
 
 
I knew about all that stuff they mentioned....but then again, I'm a true crime fanatic. 
 
Anyway, this Otis Toole fella had an occomplice named Henry Lee Lucas.  They confessed to like 600 murders.  Then later recanted. 

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From: ConradSent: 12/17/2008 4:03 PM
I saw that show a while back Breezly, both those guys are just about a sick as they come.

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