THE UNSOLVED "MURDER" OF ADAM WALSH
Now a two-book series (with a Special Single Edition, a condensed version of both books)
BOOK ONE: Finding the Killer. Did Jeffrey Dahmer kidnap Adam Walsh? The cover-up behind the crime that launched “America’s Most Wanted”
BOOK TWO: Finding the Victim. The body identified as Adam Walsh is not him. Is Adam still alive?
SPECIAL SINGLE EDITION: Who killed Adam Walsh (and is he really dead?) The search for the truth behind the crime that launched “America’s Most Wanted”
(Also titled JEFFREY DAHMER'S DIRTY SECRET: THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF ADAM WALSH)
WHO REALLY KILLED ADAM WALSH?
Maybe it was Ottis Toole, as police say. But more signs seem to point to Jeffrey Dahmer.
"Had authorities fully explored Dahmer's time in South Florida, they would have found more evidence implicating him than Toole, The Miami Herald found."
--The Miami Herald
March 28, 2010
DID DAHMER HAVE ONE MORE VICTIM?
Witnesses Say They Saw Dahmer in Mall Where Adam Walsh Disappeared
"Did Jeffrey Dahmer confess to all his crimes? A Miami author is making the case that Dahmer may be responsible for the Walsh slaying. WISN 12 News dissected his argument and has detailed the never-reported evidence that has at least one career FBI man calling to reopen the case against Dahmer."
February 1, 2007
7 NEWS INVESTIGATIONS: DID DAHMER DO IT?
"Twenty-six years ago a young boy was kidnapped and murdered in South Florida. At the same time 26 years ago, one of the most brutal and disgusting serial killers in American history was living in South Florida. Did that man kidnap and kill Adam Walsh?"
February 1, 2007
DECADES LATER, NEW CLUES IN A COLD CASE
"Now a fascinating new theory has surfaced: Could one of the most famous murders of our time have been the work of one of the most famous murderers of all time? For the past 11 years, a true-crime author named Arthur Jay Harris has been investigating the case on his own, and he has uncovered a shattering revelation. Who was working only minutes from that mall that morning? Jeffrey Dahmer, the serial killer."
--ABC News Primetime
August 13, 2007
WHAT IF ALMOST EVERYTHING MOST EVERYONE THINKS ABOUT THE ADAM WALSH CASE IS WRONG?
Here is the case's conventional knowledge:
In Summer 1981, drifter Ottis Toole stole Adam from a mall in Florida and killed him, say police and Adam's parents, John and Reve Walsh. Although Jeffrey Dahmer became a suspect and was then living nearby, he couldn't have done it because his M.O. wasn't children as young as Adam, 6.
But ten years of book research shows that most of this case's long-accepted basic facts are dead wrong:
• Seven independent witnesses, their names found in police investigative files, identified Dahmer as who they saw at the mall either with or close by to Adam.
• There is a problem, never before reported, with the identification of the child who was found and said to be Adam.
After more than 30 years, this case has never come to trial -- and it never will because the case files are inexplicably missing their most essential forensic documents:
A medical examiner identified the found child as Adam strictly by its teeth, but Adam's dental records, which he used for matching and was handled by three official agencies, is gone; there was never any forensic dental report; and worst, there was never even an autopsy report. That, especially, should never happen. As a result, prosecutors will never be able to establish in court that the child who was found is, in fact, Adam Walsh.
• And most shockingly, it is extremely unlikely that the found child is Adam.
When the positive ID of the found child as Adam was made, it was done quickly and announced hastily. But photographs and documents recently released in public records show that the found child has a top front tooth grown in almost all the way. That is much too far to match Adam. In his famous "Missing" picture, taken only a month before he vanished, Adam had neither top front tooth. His best friend last saw him a week or two before he disappeared, and he still didn't have them. After that, one front tooth did erupt. When the found child was discovered, Adam had been gone two weeks but the medical examiner said that he (Adam, he said) had been dead probably for all that time. Teeth don't keep growing after death.
In the space of up to two weeks, the time after his friend last saw him and when he disappeared, top front teeth just don't grow that fast, from eruption to in almost all the way.
If that's not Adam, who is it? And could Adam, incredibly, be alive?
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.
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.
- 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.
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.