America's Most Wanted
A Tireless Advocate for Victims' Rights and Missing Children
John Walsh has turned his passion for justice into the nation's number one crime-fighting show, America's Most Wanted.
A career in fighting crime is one John Walsh never expected. In 1981, Walsh was a partner in a successful hotel management company. He and his wife Revé were living the American dream in southern Florida with their six-year-old son Adam. But then violent crime touched their lives. On July 27, 1981, Adam Walsh was abducted from a suburban shopping mall. For 16 days, a frantic search followed until Adam's remains were discovered more than 100 miles from his home.
The prime suspect in Adam's murder, Ottis Toole, was never charged in the case. He died in prison while serving life for other crimes. Toole took the truth about his possible involvement in Adam's murder to his grave -- denying John and Revé an opportunity for closure.
The Walsh's turned their grief into action and without a badge or a gun, John Walsh quickly became a nationally recognized leader in the push for victims' rights. In 1987, FOX contacted John about hosting a groundbreaking new reality show designed to track down the country's most notorious and dangerous fugitives by profiling their cases to a national audience. Using AMW as his vehicle for justice, John could now bring to other victims of violent crime the closure he never found.
Now, you can also listen to America's Most Wanted with John Walsh on ABC Radio Networks. Monday through Saturday (check local listings) for the latest fugitive and missing cases. To learn more about John Walsh and his work, visit the official website.
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