The abduction of Adam Walsh
On July 27, 1981, Adam Walsh, 6, played a video game at the Hollywood Sears store while his mother shopped in another department. He disappeared. Two weeks later, his severed head was found 100 miles away. The boy’s grieving parents were instrumental in establishing the Adam Walsh Child Research Center, which helps find missing children throughout the nation, and a Missing Child’s Act, signed into law by President Reagan. John Walsh hosted America’s Most Wanted, a syndicated television show. In 2008, Hollywood police closed the case, pinning the crime on a drifter who they had zeroed in on for years. Ottis Toole died in prison in 1996, convicted of other crimes. He was never tried for Adam’s death.