Thursday, December 18, 2008
"It's a powerful example of the legacy of one little boy and his courageous parents,"
Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Today, Griefcase honors the parents of Adam Walsh, John and Reve Walsh.
After 27 years, the case of their young son's death is at long last solved.
You may remember that on July 27, 1981, young Adam Walsh mysteriously disappeared from a shopping mall in Hollywood, FL. Some two weeks later, Adam's decapitated head was discovered floating in a nearby canal. The rest of his body has never been found.
Adam's murderer, Ottis Toole, died in prison in 1996 while serving time for an unrelated crime. Toole twice confessed to murdering Adam, but later recanted. But, on his deathbed, Toole confided to his niece that he was indeed the murderer of young Adam Walsh.
Had Adam Walsh lived, he would be 33 years old.
After Adam's death, John Walsh became an advocate for victims of crime.
To John Walsh's credit, today milk cartons, shopping bags, and mailbox flyers scream every missing child's message. In addition, thanks to John Walsh, school fingerprinting programs and increased security at schools and stores have been instituted. His tireless perserverance and hard work has paid off. John Walsh hosts "America's Most Wanted."
To Reve and John Walsh and every member of the Walsh family, Griefcase extends sincerest condolences, best wishes for mourning joy all the days of your lives, and profound gratitude for all that you do.