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  1. Murder of Adam Walsh. Adam John Walsh (November 14, 1974 – July 27, 1981) was an American boy who was abducted from a Sears department store at the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Florida on July 27, 1981. His severed head was found two weeks later in a drainage canal alongside Highway 60 / Yeehaw Junction in rural Indian River County, Florida.

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    Adam Walsh. Adam Walsh, son of John and Revé Walsh, was abducted on July 27, 1981, when he was six years old. What was so terrifying about this story was that it could have happened to anyone, in a department store, when Revé had been absent for only a moment. After searching the area, no one could locate the missing child.

  3. Dec 16, 2008 · Police: 1981 killing of Adam Walsh solved. A serial killer who died more than a decade ago is the person who decapitated the 6-year-old son of "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh in 1981 ...

    • Adam’s parents immediately became activists for missing children. Coming just two years after six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared in New York City while walking to his school bus stop, Adam became the new poster child for child abductions.
    • In 2008, Florida police announced that serial killer Ottis Toole had killed Adam, and said they were closing the case file. On December 16, 2008, Hollywood Police Chief Chadwick E. Wagner announced that the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh had been solved.
    • A controversial “hidden face” in blood was a key clue. After arresting Ottis Toole in 1983, police reportedly searched his car with Luminol, a chemical agent used to identify the presence of blood.
    • Early mistakes by the police in Hollywood, Florida, allegedly seriously hindered the case. Walsh has stated that the lack of a coordinated plan by the police in Hollywood, Florida, after his son was reported missing resulted in crucial hours being lost.
  4. Jul 24, 2016 · Adam Walsh disappeared from the video games in a shopping mall Sears store in Hollywood, Florida on July 27, 1981. Adam’s kidnapping and murder prompted the U.S. Congress to pass the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.

  5. Jul 27, 2021 · Adam’s murder led his father, John Walsh, on a lifelong mission to prevent similar attacks on other kids. He became a leading victims’ rights activist and host of the long-running television ...

  6. Aug 10, 2016 · Adam Walsh’s much-publicized murder was the catalyst for change as law enforcement learned how to deal with missing children. Adam’s parents started the Adam Walsh Outreach Center for Missing ...

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