Jeffrey Dahmer's Dirty Secret: The Unsolved Murder of Adam Walsh

Overview

BOOK ONE: FINDING THE KILLER
WAS THE MAN IN THE MALL THE MOST NOTORIOUS MURDERER IN HISTORY?
A TRUE STORY

ALSO READ BOOK TWO, FINDING THE VICTIM:
THE BODY IDENTIFIED AS ADAM WALSH IS NOT HIM. IS ADAM STILL ALIVE?

THERE IS ALSO A SPECIAL SINGLE EDITION, A CONDENSED VERSION ...

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Overview

BOOK ONE: FINDING THE KILLER
WAS THE MAN IN THE MALL THE MOST NOTORIOUS MURDERER IN HISTORY?
A TRUE STORY

ALSO READ BOOK TWO, FINDING THE VICTIM:
THE BODY IDENTIFIED AS ADAM WALSH IS NOT HIM. IS ADAM STILL ALIVE?

THERE IS ALSO A SPECIAL SINGLE EDITION, A CONDENSED VERSION OF BOOKS ONE AND TWO, FOR BRIEFER READING:
FIRST THE POLICE FOUND THE BODY. THEN THE KILLER. NEITHER WAS RIGHT.

In summer 1981 6-year-old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh, vanished from a shopping mall in Hollywood, Florida. After two frantic weeks in which the entire community searched for him, a child's severed head declared to be Adam's was found 125 miles north in a drainage area. No other body parts were ever found.

In 1991, Milwaukee police arrested Jeffrey Dahmer and found 11 severed heads in his apartment. He admitted then that in the summer of 1981 he'd lived in Miami 15 minutes from the Hollywood Mall. Dahmer denied killing Adam because, he said, he didn't have his own vehicle.

But immediately after Dahmer's arrest two separate insistent witnesses went to Hollywood police and identified Dahmer as the man they saw at the mall on the day Adam disappeared. In 1981 they'd both told police what they'd seen but police had kept no record of their tips. One said Dahmer had approached him inside the mall in a drunken, threatening way. He'd followed him at a distance into the toy department of Sears, where Mrs. Walsh had said she'd left Adam. The other witness said he was outside and saw Dahmer grab and violently throw a protesting child into a blue van that screeched away. That matched what a 1981 witness had said about a blue van, and for the first month of the case, police had stopped every blue van they saw.

Yet without seriously checking, Hollywood police simply believed the word of a manipulative serial killer when he said he didn't kill Adam Walsh.

Investigative author and journalist Arthur Jay Harris did what Hollywood police wouldn't do: he traced Dahmer's movements in Miami and built a case against him. He learned that at the sub and pizza shop where he worked there was a blue van for deliveries that employees often took for their own use. Also, Dahmer often showed up for work in the morning drunk and was sent home. As well he discovered a police report dated 20 days before Adam's abduction in which Dahmer reported finding a dead body of a homeless man in the alley behind his shop. Dahmer had never mentioned this. When ABC Primetime and Harris entered a meter room in the alley behind the shop, where Dahmer said the homeless man had slept, they found an old lumberman's axe and a sledgehammer next to a huge amount of what a retired crime scene investigator identified as blood spatter. The homeless man had not bled. Was this evidence of other extreme violence by Dahmer? Even after an ABC producer informed Hollywood Police, they never bothered to enter that room, much less test the blood evidence.

In 2008 Hollywood police announced the case was finally solved-incredibly, they said the killer was Ottis Toole, a drifter who in 1983 said he'd killed Adam but soon after had been dismissed as a suspect. Police presented no new evidence. Toole had not been able to tell police any specific true thing about the case, and much of his initial information was painfully wrong. He'd blamed Henry Lee Lucas for killing Adam, but Lucas was in jail that day. He said Adam's murder happened around January and he was wearing mittens! It was July in sweltering South Florida. No DNA evidence was ever matched to him. Further, Toole had also confessed to hundreds of other murders for which he was never charged.

But in closing the case police made public its entire case file. In it Harris found four more insistent witnesses who had also seen Adam, Dahmer, and a blue van in the same precise spot at Hollywood Mall that day in 1981. Inexplicably, Hollywood police had turned them all away.

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Editorial Reviews

True Crime Book Reviews - Yvette Kelly
Arthur Jay Harris did finally find details in those same police files which further confirmed that Jeffrey Dahmer actually killed Adam Walsh. This is my own conclusion...to me it was as clear as day.
This book is absolutely full of interesting information, most derived from this writer's own investigation. He followed up on so many leads, quite a few which produced amazing results...all the information eventually unravels into the amazing conclusion that Jeffrey Dahmer did kill Adam Walsh.
Examiner.com - Jane Smith
Harris has meticulously reviewed thousands of court documents and news articles to lay a foundation for his book. He has interviewed prosecutors and investigators, and talked to more than a handful of witnesses who say they saw Dahmer at the mall the same day Adam disappeared—accounts that were either ignored or never taken seriously by the police... Harris makes it clear why Toole could not have killed Adam, but why Dahmer could have been the real killer.
Goodreads - Michelle Tooker
A must read for any true crime buff! Harris did an extensive amount of research on the case, and after reading this I can't see how anyone other than Dahmer killed little Adam. I also give Harris credit for addressing the flaws in some of the witnesses accounts rather than ignoring those issues or glossing over them. As someone who has read a vast variety of true crime books, I give this one the award for best research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439236277
  • Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Jay Harris is the author of the investigative true crime books Speed Kills, Flowers for Mrs. Luskin, Until Proven Innocent and the two-book series with a Single Edition, The Unsolved Murder of Adam Walsh, all stories that challenge the official findings by police and prosecutors. He lives in Florida.

For the Adam Walsh case, he has appeared on television many times: ABC Primetime; Anderson Cooper 360; Nancy Grace; Ashleigh Banfield; The Lineup; Inside Edition; Catherine Crier; Cold Blood, and on local TV in Miami and Milwaukee. He has also written stories on the case that have appeared in print in The Miami Herald, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, and Miami Daily Business Review.

In addition, Art has presented on television other crime stories he has investigated at length, including on the shows Snapped; City Confidential; Prison Diaries, Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and Hard Copy.

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