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Bringing Adam home

the abduction that changed America

First edition.

Published by Ecco in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

This is the story of an unfathomable crime that would forever embed itself into the collective American psyche and lead to sweeping legislative changes in the way that missing person cases are handled. In 1981, Adam Walsh was a healthy and bright 6 1/2 year old boy with his entire life ahead of him. On the afternoon of July 27th, Adam accompanied his mom, Revé, to the local Sears department store to look for lamps that had been advertised as on sale. Upon entering, Adam noticed a kiosk featuring the newly released Atari gaming system and became transfixed. He beseeched his mom to let him stay and watch a few older boys play the demo. Reluctantly, she agreed, reasoning that Adam was an obedient child and the lamp aisle was only a short distance away. A few minutes later, after an employee confirmed the desired lamps were out of stock, Revé hurried back to retrieve Adam and was horrified to find that he had vanished. As it later turned out, a careless teenaged 'security guard' had become irritated with the boys' bickering and ordered them out of the store, lumping a helpless and timid Adam in with them. Disoriented and scared, Adam was lured away by a deranged sexual predator and serial killer. After a hapless search by Florida police, Adam's severed head was found in a canal. The ensuing months and years became a descent into literal Hell on Earth for the Walsh family, as they dealt with unbelievable incompetence from egomaniacal authorities who senselessly and unforgivably botched the investigation. Finally, a quarter of a century later, one retired detective took a fresh look at the case and single-handedly pieced together a horrifying narrative of what really happened that day, and the disgusting extent to which law enforcement officials covered their blunders in order to save face. Unfortunately, Adam's killer couldn't be convicted due to having died in prison years before. This compelling account is packed with loads of evidence that will have you shaking your head in dismay and wondering how Adam's parents remained sane through it all. As we all know, his father John went on to host America's Most Wanted and Revé founded The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children. Their unwavering tenacity in the face of every parent's worst nightmare is a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.

About the Edition

Relates the full, twenty-seven-year story behind the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh, the six-year-old son of "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, as well as the decades-long search for the boy's elusive killer.

Table of Contents

In the beginning
Blood of the lamb
World of hurt
Through the boneyard
As evil does
Thunder from Heaven.

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HV6603.W35 S73 2011

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xii, 291 pages ;
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