Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America

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Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no federal databases of crimes against children. His abduction and murder—unsolved for more than a quarter of a century—forever changed America.

Shocked by Adam's murder and the inability of the police and FBI to find his killer, Adam's parents, Revé and John Walsh—who would go on to create America's Most Wanted—became advocates for the transformation of law enforcement's ...

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Overview

Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no federal databases of crimes against children. His abduction and murder—unsolved for more than a quarter of a century—forever changed America.

Shocked by Adam's murder and the inability of the police and FBI to find his killer, Adam's parents, Revé and John Walsh—who would go on to create America's Most Wanted—became advocates for the transformation of law enforcement's response to and handling of such cases.

Bringing Adam Home is the definitive account of this horrifying crime and its aftermath, a true story of tragedy, love, faith, and dedication. It reveals the pain and tenacity of a family determined to find justice, the failed police work that allowed a killer to remain uncharged, and the relentless efforts of one cop who accomplished what an entire legal system could not. As harrowing as In Cold Blood, yet ultimately uplifting, Bringing Adam Home is the riveting story of a triumph of justice and the enduring power of love.

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Editorial Reviews

Orlando Home and Leisure
“Intertwined with this true-crime chronicle is the important story of how Adam’s abduction turned his parents into powerful advocates for crime victims and how law enforcement agencies across the country changed their response to missing children cases.”
Associated Press Staff
“Bringing Adam Home is one of the finest true-crime books since Thomas Thompson’s Blood and Money…This remarkable story will bring readers to tears of grief - and rage.”
BookReporter.com
“[M]ystery writer Les Standiford, in collaboration with Detective Sgt. Joe Matthews, has written a riveting and page-turning account of this heart-wrenching story.”
Miami Herald
“Compelling, bittersweet… ably fleshes out the difficult yet familiar story with style, pathos and relevant historical detail.”
Booklist
“While many true-crime books claim to shine a light on society by examining one particular case, this account actually does. No reader can come away from this without appreciating what it takes to keep pursuing an investigation, against the obstacles of police politics and bureaucracy. Wrenching and riveting.”
St. Petersburg Times
“A riveting, harrowing, tautly suspenseful book that reads like a crime novel…but is all the more chilling for being fact, not fiction.”
People
“[A] page turner…hopeful and heartbreaking, Bringing Adam Home is tough to forget.”
Los Angeles Times
“[A] heartbreaking story of incompetent police and determined parents… Novelist and nonfiction author Les Standiford does a masterful job of re-creation, reporting and research… readers will be haunted by the maladroit investigation and the added anguish this caused the Walshes.”
Dallas Morning News
“Standiford and Matthews relate Matthews’ quest skillfully.”
Joyce Carol Oates
“BRINGING ADAM HOME is a riveting account of a child abduction and murder that goes unsolved for twenty-seven years—both an unsettling expose of police incompetence and a portrait of an extraordinary and dedicated detective.”
People Magazine
"[A] page turner…hopeful and heartbreaking, Bringing Adam Home is tough to forget."
Scott Turow
“Les Standiford’s account of the decades-long attempt to solve the murder of Adam Walsh is chilling, heartbreaking, hopeful, and as relentlessly suspenseful as anything I’ve ever read. A triumph in every way.”
Dennis Lehane
“Les Standiford’s account of the decades-long attempt to solve the murder of Adam Walsh is chilling, heartbreaking, hopeful, and as relentlessly suspenseful as anything I’ve ever read. A triumph in every way.”
Brad Meltzer
“I didn’t live far from the mall where Adam Walsh was kidnapped. I remember that story as if it were yesterday. It terrified me as a kid. But it’s the details that Les Standiford has found that terrify me as an adult. Insightful, horrifying, and just beautifully written.”
Ann Hood
“BRINGING ADAM HOME is a maddening, terrifying and ultimately triumphant book. Les Standiford explores the injustice and finally justice surrounding the murder of Adam Walsh. You will cry and rage but you will not be able to put this book down until you finish it. My God! What a book!”
Joseph Finder
“Not since IN COLD BLOOD has the story of a terrible crime been told with such elegance and power....Heartbreaking and hypnotically suspenseful.”
Miami Herald
“Compelling, bittersweet… ably fleshes out the difficult yet familiar story with style, pathos and relevant historical detail.”
St. Petersburg Times
“A riveting, harrowing, tautly suspenseful book that reads like a crime novel…but is all the more chilling for being fact, not fiction.”
Booklist
“While many true-crime books claim to shine a light on society by examining one particular case, this account actually does. No reader can come away from this without appreciating what it takes to keep pursuing an investigation, against the obstacles of police politics and bureaucracy. Wrenching and riveting.”
Orlando Home and Leisure
“Intertwined with this true-crime chronicle is the important story of how Adam’s abduction turned his parents into powerful advocates for crime victims and how law enforcement agencies across the country changed their response to missing children cases.”
BookReporter.com
“[M]ystery writer Les Standiford, in collaboration with Detective Sgt. Joe Matthews, has written a riveting and page-turning account of this heart-wrenching story.”
Associated Press Staff
“Bringing Adam Home is one of the finest true-crime books since Thomas Thompson’s Blood and Money…This remarkable story will bring readers to tears of grief - and rage.”
People
“[A] page turner…hopeful and heartbreaking, Bringing Adam Home is tough to forget.”
Los Angeles Times
“[A] heartbreaking story of incompetent police and determined parents… Novelist and nonfiction author Les Standiford does a masterful job of re-creation, reporting and research… readers will be haunted by the maladroit investigation and the added anguish this caused the Walshes.”
Joyce Carol Oates
“BRINGING ADAM HOME is a riveting account of a child abduction and murder that goes unsolved for twenty-seven years—both an unsettling expose of police incompetence and a portrait of an extraordinary and dedicated detective.”
Dallas Morning News
“Standiford and Matthews relate Matthews’ quest skillfully.”
Del Quentin Wilber
At its heart, this well-written and well-told book isn't so much an account of discovering the truth behind one of the nation's most notorious slayings as an autopsy of a botched criminal investigation that identified a solid suspect but soon sputtered and took wrong turns for more two decades…Readers willing to confront the horrifying nature of this crime will come…to admire the determination of Matthews and the Walshes for refusing to give up…
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
On July 27, 1981, six-year-old Adam Walsh disappeared from a Sears store in Hollywood, Fla., and his partial remains were found in a canal two weeks later. Novelist and nonfiction author Standiford (Last Train to Paradise) charts with devastating precision the decades-long search for the killer and the evolution of Revé and John Walsh (John was executive producer and host of America's Most Wanted) from grieving parents into powerful advocates for missing children. In 1983, Jacksonville police arrested drifter Otis Toole for arson and murder, and he began talking about a little boy he'd killed in south Florida. Myriad confessions (and retractions) followed, containing details only the killer would know, but evidence disappeared, potential witnesses were never interviewed, and Toole was never charged. Convicted on other charges, he died in prison in 1996. Twenty-five years after Adam's abduction, the Walshes asked Matthews, a renowned polygraph investigator and retired detective, to conduct an independent investigation; Matthews concluded that Toole was the killer. Standiford's account is riveting, heartbreaking, and supports John Walsh's statement: "it's not about closure; it's about justice." 8 pages of color photos. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Novelist Standiford and investigating officer Matthews chronicle the riveting search for the murderer of Adam Walsh, a six-year-old boy abducted from outside a store in a Florida mall in July 1981. Most readers know the America's Most Wanted TV series and John Walsh, its host and the victim's father. The story behind the long and convoluted search for Adam's killer, which eventually became a cold case, takes many twists and turns. Few held out any hope of ever solving the mystery of who left the severed head of a child in a canal, and why Matthews, once part of the initial team brought in from another jurisdiction, was asked by Adam's parents to again try to unearth the truth. In December 2008, the case was finally resolved, thanks in large part to the dogged determination of a small team of experts with access to technology not available when the crime happened. The final gut-wrenching, horrific piece of evidence brought a long-awaited closure. VERDICT An essential read for those interested in forensic science and true crime.—Claire Franek, MSLS, Brockport, NY
Kirkus Reviews

A bestselling author and a veteran Miami police sergeant tell the whole story behind the 1981 kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh.

After playing video games inside a department store in Florida, Revé Walsh's six-year-old son Adam vanished. Before the grisly details emerged of his kidnapping and dismemberment, the boy's disappearance garnered national media attention, thrusting the Florida police department—namely top-notch homicide detective Joe Matthews, a father of four—headfirst into the desperate search. Early on, Matthews notes that he became troubled by the disorganized, "chaotic" quality of the station handling the investigation, but his concerns went ignored. After suffering a nasty car accident, he was excused from the case altogether. When the boy's remains were discovered in a drainage ditch, the case was further fumbled by shotgun accusations and an absence of any tangible leads, until convicted serial killer Ottis Toole admitted to the murder during an arson indictment. Standiford (Washington Burning: How a Frenchman's Vision for Our Nation's Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army, 2008, etc.) documents the numerous instances of investigatory malfeasance routinely plaguing the case, as accusations flew over botched testimonies, circumstantial evidence and Toole's numerous recanted confessions. Further, during this time period, DNA forensic technology was rudimentary at best. As years passed, Adam's father John became a staunch advocate for missing and exploited children. As the host ofAmerica's Most Wanted, Walsh reunited with Matthews, who, with a renewed, heartfelt intent and an arsenal of forensic tools, reopened the Walsh case, formally indicted Toole with sufficient evidence and closed the case in 2008. Standiford's by-the-numbers reporting is consistently engrossing and fortified with statistics, police transcripts and chillingly reenacted kidnapping attempts by Toole, whose dark-hearted verbatim dialogue, even after nearly 30 years, still has the gruesome power to keep readers on edge.

A riveting, sad coda to an American tragedy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061983917
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 466,466
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Standiford

LES STANDIFORD is the bestselling author of twenty books, including Bringing Adam Home, the John Deal mystery series, and the works of narrative history The Man Who Invented Christmas (a New York Times Editor's Choice) and Last Train to Paradise. He is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Kimberly, a psychotherapist and artist.

Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews, a thirty-year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department, is a former Miami-Dade County Police Officer of the Year, credited with solving the infamous Baby Lollipop homicide, among many others. He is the founder and CEO of DNA LifePrint, Inc., a corporate-sponsored, national child-safety program. He also heads his own consulting firm, advising the media, the academic community, public safety organizations, and the private sector on security issues, investigation techniques, and cold-case homicides. 

Biography

Les Standiford is the co-author of Bones of Coral, a screenplay based on the novel of the same name by James W. Hall, for MGM-Pathe. He is a member of the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of America, and the Writers Guild.

He wrote the screenplay adaptation of Spill, which has been released as a feature film starring Brian Bosworth and seen recently on SHOWTIME. He is author of the text for the best-selling book of photographs by Alan S. Maltz, Miami: City of Dreams (1997), and of the history, Coral Gables: The City Beautiful (Riverbend Books, 1998).

He has contributed a chapter to the national best-seller Naked Came the Manatee (Putnam, 1997), with Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, James W. Hall, et al. He is contributing editor of The Putt at the End of the World, a collective novel of golf, published by Warner Books in June of 2000.

He has recently completed a work of nonfiction: Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean.

Standiford's short stories and articles have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The Kansas Quarterly, Writer's Digest, Fodor's Guide, Smoke Magazine, The Key West Reader, Confrontation, Three American Literatures (Modern Language Association), Perfect Lies: A Century of Classic Golf Fiction, and Communion: Contemporary Fiction Writers Reread the Bible. His novels have been reprinted in the United Kingdom, Holland, France, Germany and Japan. He has been a regular reviewer for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, and The New York Daily News.

He attended the Air Force Academy, Columbia University School of Law, and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Muskingum College in Ohio and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. He spent twenty years in the West, working at times for the U.S. Forest, the Utah Parks Company, and the U.S. Park Service. He is a former screenwriting fellow and graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

He is a past recipient of the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he has lived since 1985 with his wife and three children.

Author biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

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    1. Hometown:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 31, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cambridge, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Muskingum College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Utah

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Still Sad after Thirty years

    As the author reminded me there was a time before Adam Walsh that I had not experienced as a parent. I definitely remember being a child and being allowed to roam free as long as I was home for dinner. My oldest child was born in July, 1981, just before Adam was abducted, and I remember vividly the national attention this case generated. I became a parent with a watchful eye, and while paranoia was not part of my mindset, we all knew the rules about 'stranger danger'. This case still draws attention today as the thirtieth anniversary of Adams abduction approaches. I learned things from this review of the case that I had not read earlier, but it was a struggle for me to finish this book. Not because of the violent content, or the horror of the crime, but for the way it was written. This book is mostly focused on the mismanagement and mishandling of evidence by the detectives in charge of the case, and it was appalling to realize that the person responsible for Adam's abduction and murder was never brought to justice. That is certainly well documented in the book, but unfortunately the writing is poor and a drudgery to get through. I needed to finish it to the end, and was glad that I did but the editors should have taken more time to help the Detective Sgt. Matthews bring this story to us. I think readers who are in law enforcement will find it interesting but as one who reads true crime, memoirs, and biographies on a regular basis it was a disappointment. Read it if you need to know what John and Reve Walsh went through to get justice for their son. Read it if you live in Florida and think police can do no wrong. Or if you know someone in law enforcement and want to see how things can really go wrong when prejudice and self righteousness rule. Otherwise remember Adam Walsh through the great work his family has done in his name, and give this book a pass.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    This is a profound look at one of the key (and the first) "Abduction that Changed how America deals with crimes against children

    In July, 1981 in a Sears store in a Hollywood, Florida mall, six years old Adam Walsh vanishes. His frantic parents Reve and John worried about their son's safety until two weeks later when Adam's partial remains were found. In 1983, Jacksonville police arrested Otis Toole for arson and murder. He confessed and recanted his confession of killing a child. Over the years Toole continued to confess killing Adam, but also withdrew his confession though he knew details that only the killer would have known. Evidence was mishandled and vanished so he was never was charged with the little boys homicide. In 1996 Toole died in prison.

    Although John and Reve became voices of advocating the rights of children and strong laws to protect the young, they never found closure with Adam's death. Finally in 2006, they hired retired Florida police officer Joe Matthews, who was on the original inquiry, to look into the cold case murder of their son over two decades earlier. Matthews analyzed Toole's confessions and other deviance. In 2008, Matthews and his team using modern technology determined who killed Adam.

    This is not an easy read as John Walsh explains no one gets closure even with the case solved. Much of the true crime account faults the police for shoddy work, which can after awhile detract from the overall emotional impact of what the Walsh family emotionally went through (and still are going through) and the macabre riveting comments by Toole. This is a profound look at one of the key (and the first) "Abduction that Changed how America deals with crimes against children.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Page turner that makes you question everything you know about society and the people you trust.

    The main reason I wanted to read this book is because I am a fan of AMW and John Walsh. Growing up and watching AMW I had always heard bits and pieces about John Walsh's son Adam being abducted and then murdered. I recently tuned into a recent episode of AMW and thought to myself that I should really learn about a crime that has impacted our society for so many years.

    My heart goes out to the Walsh Family. No one should ever have to go through so much pain for so many years trying to get to the bottom of what happened to their son.

    It sickens me to know that the man who stole Adam's life will never be brought to justice. He confessed almost 30 times to various people but the main investigator was so damn lazy when it came to his job!!! He literally did all he could to prove Toole didn't commit the crime instead of getting all the facts and evidence in order to prosecute him.

    It took almost 30 years but the Walsh family finally could say in truth without any doubts who murdered Adam. It should have been done 25 years earlier and especially while the killer was still alive!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Interesting

    It was definitely interesting but found myself lost or confused by the timeline at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    highly recommended

    A quick read...difficult to keep track of all the people involved in the story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Loved it

    I love this book. It takes you back to the time when i was a kid. Has alot of details. Could not put it down at times. Reminds you of how quickly it can happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Wow!

    This is an amazingly horrible story... but it was told honestly and gave insight into John Walsh's life. So sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Have my fellings changed sence i have been reading

    Yes becuase this book descridbes or monafies that u should not be scard of anything. It makes u fell like u are strong or tough becase you ar not scard if someone is threating you.like of they are saying ha they are going to kil u or somthing like that.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Spellbinding

    This book is very well written. I found it extremely hard to put down. God bless Adam and his family.......heartwrenching.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    Bring this book home. Everyone should get a copy.

    I am a law enforcement professional and reading this book helped me understand the emotional drama and struggle the parents of a lost child go through. It is very graphic and at times it will make you sad. This case is one that did change America. RIP Adam Walsh you will always be rememered. Because of your dad many people have been reunited with lost loved ones and many cold cases solved. You should be proud.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Loved it!

    Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    wondereful book

    well written and a good read

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Highly recommend despite the heartwrenching subject matter.

    I had no idea the investigation into Adam Walsh's murder was such a debacle. I hope the changes in the way American law enforcement treats missing children cases because of Adam's story brings some small comfort to John and Reve.Very compelling story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    Excellent book

    Very good book that looks at the investigation of the abduction of Adam Walsh. This book provides the view of one of the detectives who helped early in the case and later did his own review of the investigation at the request of the Walsh family. The authors talk about all the errors that were made during the investigation and the evidence/statements that were ignored and how these errors affected the outcome.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Great read!

    Anyone with children will appreciate this book. A tragic story that could have happened to anyone. The work of the Walshs has helped the world to be a better place....saving the lives of many children in the work and dedication in the name of their son.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Compelling story of an investigation gone wrong

    Bringing Adam Home by Les Standiford & Joe Matthews is the true story behind the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh in 1981 and the subsequent investigation. The story is well known to most Americans because it changed how they viewed the world around them. It was no longer a safe place, and children needed close supervision, even in the corner store where they had previously been thought safe. Adam's father John turned his grief and frustration at the stalled investigation into crusading zeal and helped get the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children founded, as well as beginning Fox's longest running program America's Most Wanted. But even with all the good the Walshes accomplished in the wake of Adam's murder, they still lived daily with the question that haunted all of America: What had really happened to Adam? John and wife, Reve, asked friend and investigator Joe Matthews to take a look at the twenty-five year old evidence and interviews and see if he could finally give them an answer. What Matthews uncovered was incompetence by the Hollywood, Florida police department, including willful destruction of evidence by chief investigator, Jack Hoffman. Readers will find their own frustration and anger rising at Hoffman's repeated and deliberate refusal to acknowledge the truth. Ottis Toole, a serial killer associated with Henry Lee Lucas had confessed to Adam's murder multiple times, and almost as often recanted. The evidence is laid out before the readers in a logical manner, and readers will come to agree with Matthews' conclusion, especially with the inclusion of photographs that sat at the crime lab for a quarter century without being developed! The book is a powerful indictment of the Hollywood PD's refusal to request help when they knew they were over their heads, as well as their malicious sabotage of the careers of anyone who tried to stand in their way. The evidence is conclusive as to Adam's killer. Matthews should be commended for the great burden he has lifted not just from the Walshes but from everyone in American who has been haunted by this tragic story.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    good but repetitive

    this was a telling look into the horrific experience of the walsh family following the abduction of their six year old son adam. it will certainly make you question the credibility and motivation of law enforcement. i was appalled at what i learned and although i assume done for impact i found some of details redundant. all in all a good book.

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