Saturday, April 6, 2013

America's Most Wanted,



October 23, 1983, New York Times Inmate Reportedly Admits Killing That Spurred a Law, by Reginald Stuart,
December 8, 1984, UPI / New York Times, Son Is Born to an Activist,
April 21, 1991, New York Times, TV's 'Most Wanted' Brings Arrest in Killing of Ex-Brooklyn Senator, by Mireya Navarro,
May 25, 1997, New York Times, America's Most Wanted,
December 28, 1997, New York Times, A Murdered Child And a Media Assault,
August 25, 2002, New York Times, Most Wanted, by Russell Shorto,
March 14, 2003, New York Times, End of an Abduction: TV's Role; 'America's Most Wanted Enlists Public, by Barbara Whitaker,

August 1, 2004, New York Times, America's Most Wanted
August 1, 2004, New York Times, America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back - TV Series - Cast,
July 27, 2006, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, President Signs H.R. 4472, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006,
July 27, 2006, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, President Bush Signs Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006,
December 17, 2008, New York Times, 27 Years Later, Case of Slain Boy Adam Walsh Is Closed, by Yolanne Almanzar,
April 17, 2011, New York Times, Farewell to 'America's Most Wanted'? - Video, by Kassie Bracken,
May 16, 2011, New York Times, Upfronts: Fox Sidelines 'America's Most Wanted', by Brian Stelter,

May 17, 2011, New York Times, 'America's Most Wanted' - Walsh Ponders Its Future, by Brian Stelter,
May 17, 2011, New York Times, Video: 'America's Most Wanted' Unwanted by Fox,
May 17, 2011, New York Times, America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back - TV Series - Seasons 9 to 16,

September 6, 2011, The Futon Critic, Lifetime Picks Up "America's Most Wanted"
September 6, 2011, Reuters, Fugitive TV show "Wanted" finds home on Lifetime (Reuters) 

September 6, 2011, tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com, Lifetime Picks Up 'America’s Most Wanted',
September 6, 2011, Deadline.com, Lifetime Picks Up ‘America’s Most Wanted’
September 6, 2011, RBR.com, America's Most Wanted returning on Lifetime,


September 7, 2011, The Washington Post, Lifetime — yes, Lifetime — picks up 'America's Most Wanted', by Emily Yahr,
September 7, 2011, The Washington Post, Obama’s speech, and the NFL season opener: A helpful guide,
September 7, 2011, The Hollywood Reporter, 'America's Most Wanted' Gets Second Chance on Lifetime,
September 7, 2011, TV Week, 'Lie to Me' Star Inks Deal With 20th Century Fox TV,
September 7, 2011, New York Times, A New Television Home for 'America's Most Wanted', by Brian Stelter,
September 7, 2011, TV Week, 'America's Most Wanted' -- Canceled by Fox in May -- Finds a New Television Home,
September 7, 2011, Huffington Post, 'America's Most Wanted' Moves To Lifetime,
September 7, 2011, AOLTV.com, 'America's Most Wanted' Moves to Lifetime,
September 7, 2011, MediaBistro.com, ‘America’s Most Wanted’ To Live Again… On Lifetime,
September 7, 2011, Media Life Magazine, Wanted again: 'America's Most Wanted',
September 8, 2011, New York Times, Arts, Briefly - Lifetime Gets Its Show - 'America's Most Wanted, by Brian Stelter,

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During that time, Toole is mentioned in some accounts as having introduced Lucas to the "Hand of Death" cult, telling him how they killed children for sacrifice to Satan. Max Call describes what they did in service to this cult, supposedly learning to use rape as a tool of punishment and murder as part of the cult's overall plan. They trained people like Ottis and Henry to become killing machines. However, there was no corroboration of this story, so law enforcement dismissed it as the imagination of a loser trying to seem more special than he was.

Lucas gave an interview in which he said that he had to re-educate Toole in the art of murder (which became the basis for Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer).

according to the American Justice documentary.

Michael Newton in The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers,

David Frasier in Murder Cases of the Twentieth Century,

Lucas took Becky with him in 1982, because he wanted her to himself, and Toole was so angered by their betrayal that he allegedly killed nine people in six different states in the course of 13 months. He was caught in Florida burning a building and was imprisoned with a 20-year sentence. He admitted to having set some 40 fires.

Wikipedia: Disappearance of Etan Patz
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December 17, 2008, New York Times, 27 Years Later, Case of Slain Boy Adam Walsh Is Closed, by Yolanne Almanzar,



John Walsh; his wife, Revé; and their daughter, Meghan, left, on Tuesday in Hollywood, Fla., as the police said they had solved the killing of their son, Adam.



HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The murder of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, which raised awareness about missing children and led to television shows like "America's Most Wanted," has been solved, the authorities said Tuesday.

At a crowded news conference in the police station here, the police said they were convinced that Adam was killed by Ottis E. Toole, a drifter and convicted serial killer who confessed to the slaying and then recanted before dying in prison in 1996.

Adam was abducted from a mall across from the police headquarters here on July 27, 1981. His severed head was found two weeks later in Vero Beach, 120 miles north of the mall. The body was never found.

John Walsh, Adam’s father and the host of “America’s Most Wanted,” was at the news conference with Adam’s mother, Revé, and their three children.

“Today is a reaffirmation of the fact that he didn’t die in vain,” an emotional Mr. Walsh said. “For all the other victims who haven’t gotten justice, I say one thing: ‘Don’t give up hope.’ ”

Mrs. Walsh added, “This is a wonderful day, in spite of why we’re here.”

Chief Chadwick E. Wagner of the Hollywood Police Department said he regretted that the case had not been closed earlier and attributed that failure, in part, to flaws in his department’s investigation.

“This is a day that’s long overdue,” he said. “This case could have been closed years ago.”

Chief Wagner said Tuesday’s announcement was not the result of any new discovery, but rather the accumulation of all the circumstantial evidence over the years. “What was there was everything that was in front of our face for years,” he said.

Chief Wagner said the investigation had always focused on Mr. Toole, and added that the case was strong enough for the police to have charged him before his death.

The photograph of the freckle-faced Adam, holding a baseball bat, became well known to Americans after his disappearance. The police investigated hundreds of leads — the serial killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer was a suspect at one point — but no arrests were made.

As hope for Adam’s return faded, the Walshes began an organization to aid and comfort other families of missing children, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The Walsh family also helped lobby Congress to pass the Missing Children’s Act in 1982, which created a national computer database of information on missing children at the F.B.I.

In October 1983, Mr. Toole told the police that he had abducted Adam from the mall and drove for about an hour to an isolated dirt road where he decapitated him.

Investigators lifted bloodstained carpet from Mr. Toole’s white Cadillac. But DNA testing then was not as advanced as it now, and investigators could not tell if the blood was Adam’s.

When a detective assigned to the case in 1994 went to order DNA testing on the bloodstained carpeting from Mr. Toole’s car, the carpeting and the car were found to be missing.

Mr. Toole, who confessed to dozens of killings over the years, was a longtime companion of another serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas. Mr. Toole died in prison on Sept. 15, 1996, while serving five life sentences.

In 2006, on the 25th anniversary of Adam’s disappearance, President Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. It expanded the National Sex Offender Registry, created a new child abuse registry and strengthened penalties for crimes against children.

Mr. Walsh said at the news conference Tuesday that while his family would never recover from Adam's death, it could finally move on.

But, he added, "it's not about closure; it’s about justice."
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December 28, 1997, New York Times, A Murdered Child And a Media Assault,

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December 8, 1984, UPI / New York Times, Son Is Born to an Activist,

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 7— Reve Walsh, who became active in the cause of missing children after her son, Adam, was kidnapped and beheaded in Florida three years ago, gave birth to a son Thursday, hospital officials said today. The infant, Callahan Walsh, weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces. Mrs. Walsh and her husband, John, are temporarily living in Oakton, Va. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Meghan.

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October 23, 1983, New York Times Inmate Reportedly Admits Killing That Spurred a Law, by Reginald Stuart,

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Oct. 22— An inmate has confessed abducting and killing 6-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981, according to the police here. His parents' efforts to help other families with missing children led to enactment of a Federal law and a television movie about their ordeal.

The inmate, Otis Elwood Toole, 36, voluntarily confessed in Jacksonville earlier this week, the police said today, after his name had arisen in connection with Henry Lee Lucas, who was convicted of murder in Texas and claims to have killed as many as 200 women.

Both men said only Mr. Toole was involved in the case here, according to the police. Mr. Lucas was imprisoned at the time.

"He's the man," said Police Chief Samuel D. Martin, when asked how confident his investigators were about Mr. Toole's confession.

"I have gone over this so many times and tried so many angles to make sure we've got the right man," Mr. Martin said in an interview here today.

Not a Solid Case

Mr. Martin conceded that the department had "a lot more work to do on the case" before it was solid. Confessions often follow publicity about a murder case, legal experts say. But Mr. Toole was in Florida State Prison at Raiford, serving a 20-year sentence for arson, when a motion picture about the case, "Adam," was on television Oct. 10, so he did not watch the program.

According to Mr. Martin, Mr. Toole "knows too many things" to be the wrong suspect. He will probably be formally charged with the child's murder next week, Mr. Martin said.

Mr. Toole's purported confession was announced late last night by Mr. Martin and Assistant Chief Leroy Hessler in this South Florida community of about 125,000 people adjacent to Fort Lauderdale.

"I cannot comment on this individual, but am relieved that he is off the streets," John Walsh, the slain child's father, said at a news conference this afternoon. "My heart will be broken for the rest of my life. I will always miss him." Reve Walsh, the boy's mother, did not attend the news conference.

Fear Gripped Parents

Mayor David Keating said: "Everybody down here is very happy about it. I just hope this is the real thing, that this is the fellow that really did it."

Linda Blank, a mother of two children who lives in the same niehgborhood as the Walsh family, said she cried when she heard the news of the confession.

"What do you feel," said Mrs. Blank. "I just cried. You're mad. How can this happen? I just hope he gets justice."

She said Adam's abduction and murder prompted many parents here to protect their children more than in the past. Neither of her two children are allowed to play alone in the playground of the school across from their home. "It's a shame," she said. Cynthia Wood was shopping with her 8-year-old son today in the shopping mall where Adam was abducted in July 1981. "I'm glad it's solved," she said. "We were in the bookstore at exactly the same time Adam was taken, so it really hit home to me as a mother."

Walshes Pushed for Law

The Walsh family's pursuit of help from law-enforcement agencies for themselves and other families in similar situations was instrumental in enactment of the Missing Children Act, which requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation to keep more detailed records on missing children and makes it easier for parents to search for their children.

According to police accounts, Adam and his mother went shopping at the Hollywood Mall on July 27, 1981. Mrs. Walsh allowed her son to remain in a video-games display area of the Sears store there while she went to look at some lamps. When she returned, he was gone.

A store guard had reportedly ushered some older youths out of the display area and out of the store. Adam apparently left about the same time, perhaps wandering out on his own or perhaps being put out by the guard in the mistaken belief he was with the older youths. The Walshes later sued Sears.

Before the lawsuit was filed, Sears officials had helped the family in its efforts to find Adam and allowed producers of the movie to use a Sears store for a re-enactment.

Volunteer searches by hundreds of people turned up no leads, and police efforts were as fruitless. Less than a month later, Adam's severed head was found. Since then, the police unsuccessfully pored over thousands of leads.

Meeting on Confessions 

Then, early this month, the Hollywood police hit on a lead that took them to Jacksonville and eventually to Mr. Toole. They read that law-enforcement officials from several states had met in Monroe, La., to discuss the purported confessions of Mr. Lucas. In discussing some of the slayings, he reportedly said Mr. Toole had been involved.

Chief Martin said his detectives became interested when Mr. Lucas discussed crimes committed in Florida. They asked a police detective in Jacksonville investigating a series of unsolved murders there to ask Mr. Toole about the Walsh murder. The detective called them back early this week and advised them to come to Jacksonville, where Mr. Toole reportedly confessed.

Mr. Martin said the two men began informing on one another. "Toole got upset with Lucas, who was involving him in murders he didn't think he should have talked about," he said. "So he got upset and decided he would implicate Lucas in some."

Assistant Chief Hessler said Mr. Toole cried a little when questioned about the Walsh killing. "Of all he talked about, this was the only homicide that really bothered him," Mr. Hessler said.

photo of John Walsh; photo of Adam Walsh; photo of Otis Elwood Toole
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September 7, 2011, The Washington Post, Lifetime — yes, Lifetime — picks up 'America's Most Wanted', by Emily Yahr,

Fox announced in May that it would not continue its long-running crime series “America’s Most Wanted” — but Lifetime came to the rescue on Tuesday, picking up the show for a 25th season.

The surprising move means that the show will be on the cable channel, and also air specials on Fox. When the network canceled the series in the spring, it agreed to air quarterly specials, starting in October.

At the upfronts in May, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said that while the John Walsh-hosted series was important to the network and a public service, Fox had “not made money on the show in quite a while.”

No word on when the show will start airing on Lifetime, but look for sometime later this year.

"'America's Most Wanted' is a seminal program that provides a very valuable service to both viewers and law enforcement agencies," said Lifetime president Nancy Dubuc. "For more than two decades John Walsh has been leading the fight against crime and it’s an honor to partner with him on bringing back this important show."

Fox aired the final weekly episode of the series, which debuted in 1988, this past June.
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September 6, 2011, AP, John Walsh to bring 'Most Wanted' to Lifetime,
old.news.yahoo.com | discovered:9/6/2011 6:40:00 PM | published:9/6/2011 6:14:01 PM
AP - Just weeks after Fox dropped "America's Most Wanted" after more than two decades, its creator-host, John Walsh, has a new home for the show on the Lifetime network. ...
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September 6, 2011, Deadline.com, Lifetime Picks Up ‘America’s Most Wanted’
Following Fox’s decision in May to cancel America’s Most Wanted as a weekly series, relegating it to quarterly specials because, the venerable crime-fighting franchise has found a new home on Lifetime. The female-centered cable network has picked up ...
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September 6, 2011, tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com, Lifetime Picks Up 'America’s Most Wanted',



Television’s Top Crime-fighting Series, Hosted by John Walsh, to Return for 25th Season Later this Year ...

via press release:

LIFETIME PICKS UP AMERICA’S MOST WANTED

Television’s Top Crime-fighting Series, Hosted by John Walsh, to Return for 25th Season Later this Year

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 6, 2011) – Lifetime has picked up John Walsh’s pioneering series America’s Most Wanted, television’s top crime-fighting show that will return for its 25th season later this year. The announcement was made today by Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks.

Hosted and executive produced by Walsh, America’s Most Wanted has become one of the most important programs on television, having played a major role in the capture of more than 1,100 fugitives in the U.S. and 30 countries, including 17 on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, and rescue of 61 children and Missing persons since its launch in 1988. Aside from its landmark status in the annals of television as a leader in using the MEDIUM to apprehend the world’s most dangerous criminals, the series also has shaped legislation and the national dialogue on crime fighting, and received numerous honors for its work. This month at the Creative Arts Emmy® Awards, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will present Walsh with the prestigious Governors Award, which “salutes an individual, company or organization that has made a substantial impact and demonstrated the extraordinary use of television.”

“America’s Most Wanted is a seminal program that provides a very valuable service to both viewers and law enforcement agencies,” said Dubuc. “For more than two decades John Walsh has been leading the fight against crime and it’s an honor to partner with him on bringing back this important show.”

“I’ve always believed there was something very special about America’s Most Wanted and that there should be a home for it on television, and I couldn’t be happier to now be able bring it back on Lifetime,” said Walsh. “We’ve often been called the court of Last Resort…now we are back in The Game and ready to saddle up for another season to get justice for victims and put dangerous criminals behind bars.”

Walsh is known internationally as a crime fighter, victims’ advocate and the host of America's Most Wanted. He never sought the role, but this has been his life since July 27, 1981 -- the day his only child, Adam, was abducted from a mall near his home in Hollywood, Florida. Adam was found murdered two weeks later. Born in Auburn, New York, and educated at the University of Buffalo, Walsh moved to Florida with his wife, Revé, and had been a successful hotel developer before Adam’s tragic murder. The Walsh’s experience showed them that the nation was in desperate need of leadership in the fight to protect children. Out of their pain, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was created in 1984, after President Ronald Reagan signed the “Missing Children’s Assistance Act.” The NCMEC is the premier child protection non-profit, providing invaluable resources to parents, children and law enforcement in the United States and internationally. On July 27, 2006 -- 25 years to the day since Adam’s abduction -- at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, President George W. Bush signed a new, tough-as-nails law to track and apprehend convicted sex offenders who disappear after their release from prison: “The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.” July 27 is now a bittersweet day for the Walshes. It’s a date that marks the worst day of their lives in 1981, but also a day that brings hope to families who seek justice and answers because of the law named for their son.
A hero to law enforcement, Walsh has been honored numerous times by many local, state and federal agencies. In addition to being named “Man of the Year” by both the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI, Walsh was also made an honorary U.S. Marshal. He is only the third man to receive this honor in the organization’s 200-plus-year history.

Walsh’s three best-selling books, Tears of Rage, No Mercy and Public Enemies, tell his family’s story and about the toughest America’s Most Wanted cases he’s worked on. Although he’s never held political office, Walsh has been the driving force behind major pieces of child protection legislation. This hard work led to him being honored five times by four presidents: Ronald Reagan (twice), George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

John and Revé were blessed with three more children after Adam: Meghan, Callahan and Hayden. John and his wife continue to fight for victims’ rights and for justice throughout the United States and wherever children or crime victims are in need.

More information on America’s Most Wanted can be found at www.amw.com. Become a fan of America’s Most Wanted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/1800crimetv and follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/1800crimetv (@1800crimetv).

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May 17, 2011, New York Times, America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back - TV Series - Seasons 9 to 16,
Episode Guide
Season 16· 2011 - 2012
Episodes            Air Date
Episode #2543 Oct 12, 2012
Episode #2542 Oct 12, 2012
Episode #2541 Oct 05, 2012
Episode #2540 Sep 28, 2012
Episode #2539 Sep 14, 2012
Episode #2538 Sep 07, 2012
Episode #2537 Aug 31, 2012
Episode #2536 Aug 24, 2012
Episode #2535 Aug 17, 2012
Episode #2534 Aug 10, 2012
Episode #2533 Aug 03, 2012
Episode #2532 Jul 20, 2012
Episode #2531 Jul 13, 2012
Episode #2530 Jul 06, 2012
Episode #2529 Jun 29, 2012
Episode #2528 Jun 22, 2012
Episode #2527 Jun 15, 2012
Episode #2526 Jun 01, 2012
Episode #2525 May 25, 2012
Episode #2524 May 11, 2012
Episode #2523 May 04, 2012
Episode #2522 Apr 27, 2012
Episode #2521 Apr 20, 2012
Episode#2520 Apr 13, 2012
Episode #2519 Apr 06, 2012
Episode #2518 Mar 30, 2012
Episode #2517 Mar 23, 2012
Episode #2516 Mar 16, 2012
Episode #2515 Mar 09, 2012
Episode #2514 Mar 02, 2012
Episode #2513 Feb 24, 2012
Episode #2512 Feb 17, 2012
Episode #2511 Feb 10, 2012
Episode #2510 Feb 03, 2012
Episode #2509 Jan 27, 2012
Episode #2508 Jan 20, 2012
Episode #2507 Jan 13, 2012
Episode #2506 Jan 06, 2012
Episode #2505 Dec 30, 2011
Episode #2504 Dec 23, 2011
Episode #2503 Dec 16, 2011
Episode #2502 Dec 09, 2011
Episode #2501 Dec 02, 2011

Season 15· 2010 - 2011
Episodes  Air Date
Dan Hiers, Kenneth Craig, Adrian Cruz, Jonah Fialkoff, Unknown John MacLellan Killer, Garth Malloy Jun 18, 2011
Laurene Austin, Rowdy Offield, Kenneth Grant, Carvell Baker Jun 11, 2011
Richard Sam, Capture #1147, AMW Allstar Winner Jun 04, 2011
Episode 2423 Apr 23, 2011
Lonnie Correll, Charles Mentges,Jones, Francisco, and Saenz Apr 02, 2011
Episode 2421 Mar 26, 2011
Episode 2420 Mar 19, 2011
Episode 2419 Mar 12, 2011
Episode 2418 Mar 05, 2011
50 States, 50 Fugitives Special Edition Feb 26, 2011
Serial Killers Special Edition Feb 19, 2011
Episode 2415 - Women Fighting Back Special Edition Feb 05, 2011
Episode 2414 Jan 29, 2011
Episode 2413 Jan 22, 2011
Episode 2406 Jan 01, 2011
Episode 2412 Dec 18, 2010
Episode 2411 Dec 11, 2010
Episode 2410 Dec 04, 2010
U.S. Human Trafficking Special Edition Nov 20, 2010
Child Predator Crackdown Special Edition Nov 13, 2010
International Manhunt Special Edition Nov 06, 2010
Episode 2405 Oct 09, 2010
Episode 2404 Oct 02, 2010
Episode 2403 Sep 25, 2010
Episode 2402 Sep 18, 2010
Episode 2401 Sep 11, 2010

Season 14· 2009 - 2010
Episodes  Air Date
Episode 2343 Sep 4, 2010
Episode 2342 Aug 28, 2010
Episode 2341 Aug 21, 2010
Episode 2340 Aug 14, 2010
Episode 2339 Aug 7, 2010
Episode 2338 Jul 31, 2010
Episode 2337 Jul 24, 2010
Henry Menjivar / Branson Perry / Robert Jackson Jul 17, 2010
Paul Jackson / Glen Holmes / Unknown Anahuac John Doe Killers Jul 10, 2010
Eduardo Ravelo / Unknown Danny Perez / Leo Burt Jul 03, 2010
Gilberto Vargas / Kyron Horman / The McStay Family Jun 19, 2010
Paul Winklebleck / Kyron Horman / Craig Oliver Jun 12, 2010
Paul Jackson / Paulo Lopez-Garcia / John Hamilton Jun 05, 2010
Dan Hiers / Rebecca Parrett / Joseph Roman May 29, 2010
Windy City Fights Back Special Edition May 15, 2010
Albert Turner / Alfonso Mondragon / Troy Bolin Apr 24, 2010
Unknown Chanel Petro-Nixon Killer/ Eduardo Ravelo / Trevor Angell Apr 17, 2010
Ahmet Gashi / Raul Cruz / Michael Rigby Apr 03, 2010
John Boone / Patrick Alford / Laura Vogel Mar 27, 2010
Cruces Murderers / Bryce Tarter /Berny Figueroa Mar 20, 2010
Terry Davis/Vincent Boyd Mar 13, 2010
1000th Episode Mar 06, 2010
Takedown in Paradise Special Edition Feb 27, 2010
Toothpicks Special Edition Feb 20, 2010
Miami Model Mystery Special Edition Feb 13, 2010
Rufino Castaneda/Albert Turner/Jesus De La Herran Jan 30, 2010
Happy Pham/Viola Martin/Margarito Andres Jan 23, 2010
Jaime Garcia/Gabriel Johnson/Christopher Meer Jan 16, 2010
Glen Chambers/Valerie Castellano/Evelyn Guzman Jan 09, 2010
Mustapha Atat/Patricia Kimmi/Cinthya Rodriguez Jan 02, 2010
Glen Holmes/Henry Menjivar/Nazira Cross Dec 26, 2009
Dan Hiers/Lindsay Harris/Mark Weinberger Dec 19, 2009
Margaret Smith/David Cook Dec 12, 2009
Prince Alvarado/Spiro Germenis Dec 05, 2009
Bomb Plot/Fugitives Nov 28, 2009
World's Most Wanted Special Edition Nov 21, 2009
On The Streets Special Edition Nov 14, 2009
Seven Minutes of Murder Special Edition Nov 07, 2009
Episode 2306 Oct 24, 2009
Robert King/Jose Aguilar Oct 10, 2009
Abraham Mpaka/Manuel Penaloza Oct 03, 2009
James Scott/Michaela Garecht Sep 26, 2009
Apple Valley Bank Robber Sep 19, 2009
Berny Figueroa/Lucely Aramburo Sep 12, 2009
Season 13· 2008 - 2009
Episodes  Air Date
West Mesa Bone Collector/Kristi Cornwell Aug 29, 2009
Daniel San Diego/Kristi Cornwell Aug 22, 2009
Mark Weinberger/Elvia Morales Aug 15, 2009
Glen Godwin/John Anglin/Clarence Anglin Aug 8, 2009
Heather Tallchief/Robert Manwill/Jenny Liang Aug 1, 2009
Jesse Hollywood/Henry Menjivar Jul 25, 2009
Alexis Flores/Glen Holmes Jul 18, 2009
Peter Soto/Renato Gomez Jul 11, 2009
Henry Pierre/Gustavo Falcon Jun 27, 2009
Carlos Thompson, Derrick Yancey, Ricky Howard Jun 20, 2009
Operation Orange Tree Jun 13, 2009
Mustafa "Crazy Mo" Al Anabi Jun 6, 2009
Dale Helmig May 30, 2009
Lowe's Motor Speedway/AMW All-Star Award May 23, 2009
Mexican Border War: A Threat to America May 16, 2009
Murder Mystery in the Desert Special Edition Apr 25, 2009
Jared Yaffe/Beacher Hackney/Abraham Mpaka Apr 11, 2009
Jeffrey Marshall/Sandra Cantu/Juan Acevedo Apr 4, 2009
Murder in Paradise Special Edition Mar 28, 2009
Behind Bars Special Edition Mar 21, 2009
Baby Bones Special Edition Mar 14, 2009
Terrorists Mar 7, 2009
Carmela Cadena/Deborah Fourzan/Patricio Sosa Feb 28, 2009
Fugitive Prattville, AL/Fugitive Detroit, MI/Michael Bresnahan Feb 21, 2009
U.S. Marshals Take Down Top Targets/Jose Perez/Haleigh Cummings Feb 14, 2009
Reginald Peters/Sarah Pender/Jesus Canales Feb 6, 2009
Dan Hiers/Kyle Fleischmann/Walentina Knapek Jan 31, 2009
Robert Fisher/Danny Williams/Greg Adrian Jan 24, 2009
Luann Chase/Adji Desir/Lance Atkins Jan 17, 2009
Alfredo Lopez-Cruz/Andre Neverson Jan 3, 2009
Alexis Flores/Raul Salinas/Marisol Alvarado Dec 27, 2008
Jeffrey Marshall/Carlos Thompson/Edward Salas Dec 20, 2008
Jean Seraphin/Yasmin Acree/Joey Offutt Dec 13, 2008
Ask John Walsh At The AMW Safety Center/Edward Salas/Nadia Kersh Dec 6, 2008
Ronald Young/Rachael Walsh Nov 29, 2008
Drug Pirates in Caribbean Special Edition Nov 22, 2008
Bad Girls Special Edition Nov 15, 2008
Behind The Scenes With AMW Host John Walsh In Arkansas/Roy Massey/Tangena Hussain Nov 08, 2008
Massive Raid Infiltrates Mongols Biker Gang/Cinthya Rodriguez/AMW's Top 10 "Caught On Tape" Videos Nov 1, 2008
Leonardo Cisneros/Paul Jackson/Luann Chase Oct 11, 2008
Dane Brooks/Mario Lozano/Tambra Turner Oct 4, 2008
Leonard Harper/Lisa Stebic/Armando Orta Sep 27, 2008
Ariel Patrick/Edward Salas/Luz Diaz Sep 20, 2008
Alexis Flores/Brian Barton/Erick Morales Sep 13, 2008
Jermaine Wilson/Mark Weinberger/Edward Salas Sep 6, 2008

Season 12· 2007 - 2008
Episodes  Air Date
Dan Hiers/Giovanni Gonzalez/Kenneth Cofer Aug 30, 2008
At Sea With The U.S. Coast Guard/David Green/James Trindade Aug 23, 2008
Mark Everett/Michael Bresnahan/James Bell Aug 16, 2008
Edwin Pena/Orson Mozes/Jesus Morales Aug 09, 2008
David Marshall/Ivory Green/Ran Mesika Aug 02, 2008
Robert Fisher/Victor Gerena/Osama Bin Laden Jul 26, 2008
Anibal Mustelier/Renee Kyles/Jean-Marie Jean-Francois Jul 19, 2008
Nasser Alavi/Samantha Kibalo/Stephen Hall Jul 12, 2008
Christian Rodriguez/John Spira/David Green Jul 05, 2008
Elliott Stamps/Tanya Brown/Shawn Clarke Jun 28, 2008
Lamont Paris/Lindsay Harris/Rodolfo Gonzalez Jun 21, 2008
David Lopez/Nicholas Francisco/Ruben Lopez Jun 14, 2008
Paulo Lopez-Garcia/Leanna Warner/Nicholas Corozzo Jun 07, 2008
Jennifer Dejongh/Brian Miller/George Navarro May 31, 2008
Wounded N.C. Lawman Named AMW All-Star/Aaron Garcia/John Walsh Travels To Charlotte, N.C. For Annual Sprint All-Star Race May 24, 2008
AMW: 1000th Capture Special Edition May 17, 2008
Calif. Gov: States Should Collect Felony Arrestees' DNA/ Brianna Denison/ Baby Killer Apr 26, 2008
50 States, 50 Fugitives Apr 19, 2008
Paul Eischeid/Emigdio Preciado/Alexis Flores Apr 05, 2008
Taizhi Cui/ Terrence Washington/ James Roberts Mar 29, 2008
Candy Srichandr/Nicholas Garza/North Carolina EMT Named Fourth AMW All-Star Finalist Mar 22, 2008
DNA Samples Help Crack Cold Cases/Eddie Harrington/Chi Du Mar 15, 2008
Terrence Washington/Brianna Denison/Ben Hunter Mar 08, 2008
Ahmet Gashi/Pamela Biggers/Nai Xue Mar 01, 2008
Cops Helping Cops Rebuild New Orleans/Bobby Weatherton/Glenn Hustin Feb 23, 2008
Paul Carpenter/Heather Riggio/Jacob Gordon Feb 16, 2008
Larry Woods/Brianna Denison/Paul Carpenter Feb 02, 2008
Joseph Garcia/Noel Santiago/Brianna Denison Jan 26, 2008
Cesar Laurean/Ralph Skundrich/Ramon Gaspar Jan 19, 2008
Leonard Harper/William Greer/James Patrick Jan 12, 2008
Joseph Quartieri/Humberto Fortanelli/Larry Woods Jan 05, 2008
Robert Bowman/Derrick Benjamin/Paul Jackson Dec 29, 2007
Bobby Weatherton/Troy Bolin/Evelyn Guzman Dec 22, 2007
Injustice At The Border/Tuen Lee/John Walsh: Take Action To Defend Border Patrol Agents Dec 15, 2007
Taizhi Cui/Stacy Peterson/Carey Price Dec 08, 2007
Jenny Liang/Madeleine McCann/Kyle Fleischmann Dec 01, 2007
Missing Special Edition Nov 24, 2007
World's Most Wanted Special Edition/John Burkey/Madeleine McCann Nov 17, 2007
Trouble In Paradise Special Edition/Esther Reed/Deonna Shipman Nov 10, 2007
America's Most Wanted Crime Wire "AMW Bad Girls"/Esther Reed/Brooke Henson Nov 03, 2007
Mustafa Ali/Irvin Martin/Daniel Gallegos Oct 06, 2007
Police ID Sex Tape Toddler And Name A Suspect/Vanessa Waisbrot-Yobst/William Greer Sep 29, 2007
William Greer/Madeleine McCann/Jessica Birge Sep 22, 2007
K'Ville: A Look At Post-Katrina New Orleans/Jessica Birge Sep 15, 2007
Rizwan Chaudhary/Camille Cleverley/Jon Schillaci Sep 08, 2007

Season 11· 2006 - 2007
Episodes  Air Date
William Plemons/Edmundo Cerda-Anima/Juan Palacios Sep 01, 2007
Operation FALCON 2007: Sturgis, South Dakota/Paul Eischeid/Stanley Obas Aug 25, 2007
Book of Days: Inventory of Stolen Property/William Santos/Roy Massey Aug 18, 2007
Deonna Shipman/Richard McNair/Arturo Munguia Aug 11, 2007
Scott Hornick/Mary Nunes/Fugitive Aug 04, 2007
Jean-Marie Jean-Francois/Juan Ramirez Jul 28, 2007
Fidel Felix/Marjan Rroku/Alterick Finney Jul 21, 2007
Javier Sandoval-Flores/Robert Szymanski/Jack Clark Jul 14, 2007
Miguel Torres/Kelly Nolan/Mark Petersimes Jul 07, 2007
Duane Bedford/Jason Brown/Joseph Fontana Jun 30, 2007
AMW Safety Center Now Live/Ricardo Olmedo/Jessie Davis Jun 23, 2007
Tragedy Into Triumph/David Weir/Ronald Rodriguez Jun 16, 2007
Bablu Hassan/Kara Kopetsky/Warren Villalta Jun 09, 2007
Bone Cold Case/Shane Magan/Maryland Fugitive Jun 02, 2007
Vincent Ledoux/Stephanos Rodriguez May 26, 2007
Buffalo Cop Named 2007 All-Star/Larry Woods/Police Gather in DC To Remember The Fallen May 19, 2007
Online Predator Sting: The Facts/Daniel Perez/Kelly Allen Apr 28, 2007
Unstoppable State Trooper Named All-Star Finalist/William Plemons/Keith Gores Apr 14, 2007
Book Of Days: Chronology Of Events/Joseph Quartieri/Joshua Pumphrey Apr 07, 2007
Mo. Sheriff Fifth All-Star Finalist/Alfredo Lopez-Cruz/AMW Invites You to "Ask John Walsh" Mar 31, 2007
366-Day Sentence For U.S.-Mexico Border Deputy/Ralph Garbarini/Legally Blind Gun Instructor Third All-Star Finalist Mar 24, 2007
Buffalo, N.Y. Police Officer Third All-Star Finalist/Ronald Rodriguez/Dafne Morales Mar 17, 2007
AMW Searching For All-Star Nominees/Leydis Abdala/Von Morales Mar 10, 2007
Zodiac Killer: Meet The Prime Suspects/Gregory Riviera/Clay Moore Mar 03, 2007
Family: Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos Beaten In Prison/Edgardo Rodriguez/Gilmer Hernandez: Injustice At The Border Part 2 Feb 24, 2007
Gilmer Hernandez: Injustice At The Border Part 2/Jesus Dominguez/David Decker Feb 17, 2007
Teen Dating Violence-Stop the Silence/ Jean Jape/ Roxanne Paltauf Feb 03, 2007
Glen Godwin/Rachel Smith/Rachel Crites Jan 27, 2007
Timmy Shaw/William Ownby/Lindsa Harris Jan 20, 2007
Larry Burns/Pedro Rodriguez/Salvador Ochoa Jan 06, 2007
John Walsh's Top Ten Fugitives Of 2006/ Richard McNair/Rebekah Johnson Dec 30, 2006
Emigdio Preciado/Bruno Salgado/Jason Brown Dec 23, 2006
Work Melds with Life for AMW Producer Part 1/ Dennis Harvey/ Ronald Fischer Dec 16, 2006
Luis Solares Ramirez/Tony Luzio/Giovanni Ruanova Dec 09, 2006
Joseph Villezcas/Trisatn White/Calvin Jeffers Dec 02, 2006
International Justice Mission/Enrique Enriquez/Alexis Patterson Nov 25, 2006
Lashawn Tanner/Ashley Martinez/Wedding Dress Attacker Nov 18, 2006
Donnell Jehan/ James Trindade/ Henry Gonzalez Sanchez Nov 11, 2006
October Harvest/John Woodring/ Chong Vue Nov 04, 2006
Francisco Meza Rojas/ Rebeka Johnson/ Angelica Sauce Sep 30, 2006
Juan Bautista/ Trenton Duckett/ Fugitive Florida Sep 23, 2006
John Vu/ Joliet Cedano/ Domingo Rodriguez Sep 16, 2006
Two Cops Serve Until Their End/ Anthony Durham/ Lorenzo Curry Sep 09, 2006

Season 10· 2005 - 2006
Episodes  Air Date
2006 AMW All-Star Is.../David Lam/Analyce Guerra May 06, 2006
Frederick Wanamaker/Matthew Kruziki/Stanley Osbourne Mar 04, 2006
AMW Holiday Safety Tips/Larry Woods/Heaven Ross Dec 10, 2005
Refusing To Be A Victim/Ronald Young/Benjamin Appleby Dec 03, 2005
Melvin Keeling/Daniel Clement Chafe/Jesus Armando Dominguez Oct 01, 2005
Steven Kirkley/Taylor Behl/Jacinto Maldonado Jr./Melvin Keeling Sep 24, 2005
Elby J Hars/Graciano Lopez/Pedro Rodriguez/Larry Burns Sep 17, 2005
Cesar Anthony Lira/Stanley Osbourne/Gary Alan Irving Sep 10, 2005
Brian Jones/Rachel Marran/Unknown Ronald Bridges Killer Accomplice Dec 31, 1969
Escape From Alcatraz/Kevin Donner/Pamela Waldher Dec 31, 1969
Search For Natalee Holloway: A Producer's Diary/Arthur Lopez Dec 31, 1969
No Vacation From Safety/Edmundo Cerda-Anima/Reachelle Smith Dec 31, 1969
Mexican Violence Spreading/Ray Serrano/Benjamin Everett Dec 31, 1969
2006 AMW All-Star/Salvador Ochoa/Victor Willis Dec 31, 1969
Boston's Youth Violence Strike Force/Andre Dow/Diana Gonzalez Dec 31, 1969
Unknown Deputy Maria Rosa Killer/Mark Petersime/Israel Or Dec 31, 1969
ROberto Solis/Ashley Martinez/Lindsay Harris Dec 31, 1969
AMW All-Star Week 5/James Sullivan/Amanda Berry Dec 31, 1969
Andre Neverson/Amber Harris/Brooke Wilberger Dec 31, 1969
2006 AMW All-Star/Charles Brunson/Bianca Piper Dec 31, 1969
Pinkney Carter/Zehra Attari/Donald Lynch Dec 31, 1969
Dan Hiers/Tara Grinstead/Oscar Lopez Dec 31, 1969
Bone Cold Case/Shane Magan/Jose Garcia Dec 31, 1969

Season 9· 2004 - 2005
Episodes  Air Date
Kenneth Marshall Cofer/Ruben & David Lopez/William Peter Fischer/Brianna Maitland Sep 03, 2005
Patricia Yoshikawa/Roberto Ramirez/Frantz Dieudonne/Robert Anthony Walker Aug 27, 2005
Ismael Zambada-Garcia/Patrick Brown/Frederick David Russell Aug 20, 2005
Jason Brown/Troy Smith/Hugo Linares Lopez/Teddy Lynne Ellis/Alex Davon Buckman/Joel Urena Aug 13, 2005
Gerald Michael Estes/Sucha Singh/Clansie Banner/Tommy Dewayne James/Paul Merle Eischeid/Latoyia Figueroa/Mark David Wood/William Floyd Lane/Calvin R. Aug 06, 2005
Manuel Aguero/Lovekesh "Bobby" Kumar/Frederick Lavell Edmond/Jaime Castro/Binak Gjergjak/James Malave/Donald Michael Santini/Lydia Rupp/William Lightn Jul 30, 2005
Alejandro Romero/Angel Salgado/Larry Woods Jan 01, 2005
Police Memorial Week/Phillip Williams/Pamela Waldher Dec 31, 1969
Jean Seraphin/15 Seconds of Shame Dec 31, 1969
Edward Meyers/Kevin Johnson/Scott Hornick Dec 31, 1969
Brent Brents/Russell Winstead/Elber Vazquez Dec 31, 1969
All Star Award Deanna Tofte/Martin Altamirano/Dylan Groene/Lindsay Harris/John Addis Dec 31, 1969
Team Adam/George Saravanos/Bryan Cervantes Dec 31, 1969
Andre Neverson/Michele Comstock/Frederick Wanamaker Dec 31, 1969
Mikhail Drachev/Greisy Valencia/Mustapha Atat Dec 31, 1969
Patricia Kelley/John Stoneman/BTK Killer Dec 31, 1969
Dennis Rader/Craig Petties/Mark Everett Dec 31, 1969
Safety Chick/Unknown Fugitive/Alexis Patterson Dec 31, 1969
Heather Tallchief/Roberto Solis/Leonard Harper Dec 31, 1969
Joel Urena/Dino Smith/Michael Soutar Dec 31, 1969
Brooke Wilberger/Artur Martirosyan/Anibal Mustelier Dec 31, 1969
Bone Lady/Domingo Valdez/Benjamin Everett Dec 31, 1969
William Fischer/Kenneth Cofer/David & Ruben Lopez Dec 31, 1969
Loren Trites/Marvin Mercado/Stephanie Meares Dec 31, 1969
Fairmount Park Rapist/Jason Mori/Chas Berry Dec 31, 1969
Joaquin Guzman-Loera/Joseph Shegog/Marcus Head Dec 31, 1969
Daniel Hiers/John Couey/Gary Lasher Dec 31, 1969
Sex Offender Registries/William Plemons/Shania Supanich Dec 31, 1969
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April 17, 2011, New York Times, Farewell to 'America's Most Wanted'? - Video, by Kassie Bracken,

September 8, 2011, New York Times, Arts, Briefly - Lifetime Gets Its Show - 'America's Most Wanted, by Brian Stelter,

August 1, 2004, New York Times, America's Most Wanted

August 1, 2004, New York Times, America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back - TV Series - Cast,
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March 14, 2003, New York Times, End of an Abduction: TV's Role; 'America's Most Wanted Enlists Public, by Barbara Whitaker,

In the 15 years that the Fox series ''America's Most Wanted'' has been on television, it has profiled 2,494 fugitives, leading to tips that helped capture 746 of them. No. 746 was Brian D. Mitchell, accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart.

Of the more than 300 missing children the program has featured, 36 have been found alive. The most recent was Elizabeth.

''This is a miracle for us,'' said Lance Heflin, executive producer of the program. ''We've done many, many, many missing kids. We have retrieved only a handful of them.''

In cases like Elizabeth's, Mr. Heflin said, in which the abductor was not a close acquaintance or a relative, the number of recoveries in which the program has had a hand is closer to a dozen.

''It's a very dismal trade, I'll tell you that,'' he said.

It was viewers of last Saturday's program -- in which photographs of Mr. Mitchell were broadcast and information about his wearing robes was reported -- who recognized Mr. Mitchell in Sandy, Utah, and called the police.

''America's Most Wanted'' has followed the Smart case since the kidnapping on June 5 and has broadcast six episodes on the disappearance. The program's host is John Walsh, whose 6-year-old son, Adam, was abducted and murdered in 1981.

''We watch every Saturday,'' said Nancy Montoya, who was walking with her husband, Rudy, in Sandy when they spotted Mr. Mitchell and called 911. ''It's my favorite show. I like finding out and being aware of what's going on in the world and seeing if I can help.''

The series played a large role in bringing attention to Mr. Mitchell as the Smarts became frustrated with the Salt Lake City police investigation into the possible involvement of a man known to the family as Emmanuel. Emmanuel, a panhandler who had done odd jobs for the Smarts, was named as Elizabeth's possible abductor by her younger sister, Mary Katherine, in October.

In December, Mr. Walsh, on the CNN program ''Larry King Live,'' talked about Emmanuel. On Feb. 15, ''America's Most Wanted'' identified Emmanuel as Brian D. Mitchell, and that led his four stepchildren to contact the show.

''America's Most Wanted'' then went to Salt Lake City with photographs of Mr. Mitchell provided by the stepchildren, trying to find anyone who had seen him.

Another episode on Elizabeth's case was broadcast last Saturday. On Wednesday, two couples in Sandy who had seen the show -- the Montoyas and Anita and Alvin Dickerson -- made separate calls to 911 to report on a man with a long, graying beard and flowers in his hair walking down the street with two women wearing robes and veils.

''It was unbelievable,'' Ms. Montoya said. ''There he was on a main road and a rock's throw from the police station.''

''America's Most Wanted'' has an average audience of nine million. About seven years ago, the show was canceled briefly, but was brought back after thousands of letters -- including many from law enforcement officers -- called for its return.

Rex Tomb, chief of fugitive publicity for the F.B.I. said the agency has worked with the series. ''Where else can you interview 10 million people at one time?'' he said.
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August 25, 2002, New York Times, Most Wanted, by Russell Shorto,

The photos are everywhere. Gap-toothed faces with awkward squinty grins, school portraits of broadly beaming adolescents. They flash on the television screen; they populate the purgatory of cyberspace. Of course, each image is freighted by the space between the carefree moment of the snapshot and the nameless horror that may have occurred later. Occasionally -- and with depressing regularity in recent months -- one flares up in the national consciousness as a major news story, but the hundreds upon hundreds of others have names attached to them, too, and, honestly, John Walsh seems to know them all. Logan Tucker. Kiplyn Davis. Christopher Samples. Sabrena Beck. Erin Pospisil. He has the details: ages, the days and times of abduction, the backyard or mall parking lot where they were last seen. Most of all, he knows the drill on the suspects in each case: previous convictions, hair color, cigarette brand, the scars and last-seen-driving information. He's got them cold; he tolls them in a high-intensity monotone, like a machine gun spitting bullets.

I haven't asked for this information; it just comes out of him. We're here to talk about him, John Walsh the man. Surely he is not synonymous with the comic-book crime fighter he has portrayed every Saturday night for the past 15 years as host of the Fox TV show ''America's Most Wanted,'' the one-dimensional tough guy with the leather jacket, the defiant folded-arms stance and the deadpan delivery in the tradition of Joe Friday, the guy out to nail slime balls, who signs off with a trademark line: ''And remember, you can make a difference.''

The temperature is in the 90's on the outskirts of the nation's capital, and it has been a long day of shooting for episode No. 683 of ''America's Most Wanted'' (two murderers, a rapist and a drug trafficker); in his frostily air-conditioned trailer, having changed into jeans, a black T-shirt and snakeskin boots, Walsh is refreshed and raring to go, but every time he starts talking about himself he seems to wind up back at the same nest of concerns. Statistics about missing children. The murder rate in the United States. What's wrong with the legal system. Why cops are heroes and most politicians are ''spineless [expletive].'' All of which, of course, fits the persona of the ''America's Most Wanted'' host like that leather jacket.

On Sept. 9, he will build on that persona, with the debut of his new syndicated daytime talk show: an hourlong, five-day-a-week question-and-answer stint deep in the heart of Oprah territory. From the sound of it, ''The John Walsh Show'' will have more in common with ''Nightline'' than with morning tabloid programs. Each broadcast will be driven by current events and will open with a taped package of footage from NBC News, and Walsh insists that it won't be all ''gangland murderers and the cops who pursue them.'' ''I've done lighter stuff,'' he says and mentions his appearance on ''The Simpsons.'' ''So not every show will be serious. I do have a sense of humor.''

Putting him on daytime seemed strange at first, even to Walsh: ''I said, 'I thought everyone thought I was the leather-jacketed manhunter on Saturday night.''' But the producers' focus groups told them that people also knew him from the hundreds of talk-show appearances he has done. They knew him as a victims' advocate and as something more, which the producers hope will be particularly appealing to daytime's overwhelmingly female viewers. ''After all this time,'' says Alexandra Jewett, the executive producer of ''The John Walsh Show,'' ''the essence of who he is is the father of a murdered child.''

The story of Walsh's tragedy -- the abduction and murder, 21 years ago, of his 6-year-old son, Adam -- is well known. What is less well known is how thoroughly the defining event in his life still controls the man, dominates his decisions, has grown into a ferocity of purpose that has caused him to put his own life and, incredibly, the lives of his three surviving children, at risk. As the high-profile abduction cases and trials mounted this summer -- Danielle van Dam, Elizabeth Smart, Samantha Runnion -- Walsh's full-throttle commitment to the cause of finding missing children went into an even higher gear. He seemed to be on at least one major talk show a day, and when he wasn't doing media, he was meeting with parents or law-enforcement officials. At the same time, his own marriage was falling apart -- on July 17, Revé, his wife of 31 years, filed for divorce.

It's hard to imagine a more psychologically punishing set of circumstances than that surrounding Adam's death. Not only was his son murdered, his severed head was the only part of him ever recovered, the features so distorted that the family friend who first identified it was forced to do so by the pattern of missing baby teeth and the one new tooth that was emerging. No arrest was ever made; the psychopathic drifter who Walsh says he believes was responsible died in prison without being charged for the crime. What television viewers have witnessed over the past two decades -- the development of the ''America's Most Wanted'' persona and the constant, laser-focused presence on the talk-show circuit -- is a result of the brutal awareness that Walsh is never going to get his son back or find his killer. It's as though the only thing left for him to do, over and over, on the air, is to replay the story and try to make it right. ''We've gotten 31 kids back alive,'' he says with sharp satisfaction, referring to missing-children cases that ''America's Most Wanted'' has profiled, ''and to me every single one of those is a miracle.''

Walsh's obsession hasn't abated but seems actually to have grown with the passage of time. It has made him a television celebrity, his rage sublimated into stardom. At the age of 56, after 21 years of staring down criminals, an ordinary human being might consider retreating from the public eye, rather than moving toward even greater media exposure. But the media persona is who John Walsh is now. ''I don't know how to do anything else,'' he says.

''With John, what you see is what you get,'' his former assistant Cheri Nolan tells me. ''There is no other John Walsh underneath.''

In 1981 america, as John and Revé Walsh discovered in the aftermath of their son's abduction, there was no nationwide system for reporting missing children, no means by which various law-enforcement agencies could communicate, compare cases, trade tips. So Walsh took a hiatus from his job as a developer of resort hotels and, with the aid of friends and family, went about creating such a system. In the process of trying to find his little boy, and then his killer, Walsh started a movement. An appearance on ''Good Morning America'' made him an instant media wonder. He had a natural punchy style of delivery that suited television, a regular-guy aspect that was sharpened by an arrogant I'm-mad-as-hell-and-I'm-not-going-to-take-it-anymore insistence that the system had to be changed. He testified before Congressional committees on behalf of the Missing Children's Act, which would mandate the creation of a nationwide database, and was a guest of President Reagan in a 1982 Rose Garden ceremony to mark the signing of the bill into law. Two years later, he and his wife founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Then in 1987, he got a call. The nascent Fox network was working on a new, interactive kind of TV show, in which crimes would be luridly re-enacted, the bad guys' mug shots would be displayed and viewers would call in with tips. The producers considered macho actors like Brian Dennehy, but they preferred a host from outside the entertainment industry. They thought about the crime novelist Joseph Wambaugh and Senator Bob Kerrey; they talked to Bob Woodward and to a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Then Thomas Herwitz, an executive at Fox, saw Walsh in a TV appearance. ''He had that freshness,'' Herwitz says. ''But he also seemed to have the heart and mind and seriousness of purpose.''

The pilot they shot had a rough feel, but Walsh's lack of polish struck Herwitz as authentic. They showed the pilot at a production meeting at which Barry Diller, then the chairman of Fox, presided. ''Someone suggested we send Walsh to television school,'' Herwitz says. ''Barry Diller's head shot up, and he said, 'If you do that, I will kill you.' He knew right away you wanted John Walsh to be John Walsh.''

''America's Most Wanted,'' with its W.W.E.-meets-MTV production values, has long since entered television and law-enforcement record books. It's the fifth-longest-running prime-time show on television; 717 fugitives have been caught thanks to viewers phoning its switchboard. Walsh is a hero to cops of every variety, who become like groupies in his presence. Victims' rights groups cluster around him like barnacles. Both the show and Walsh got a new lease on life after the Sept. 11 attacks; at the White House's request, ''America's Most Wanted'' put its resources into the hunt for terrorists, and Walsh's orbit widened to places like Dubai.

The show worked in part because Walsh became one with it. As it turned out, it was just what he needed to keep his sanity. He had flirted with suicide in the aftermath of his son's murder and the appalling things he and his wife had to endure. There was the time when the police caught a serial abductor who had made an audiotape of himself torturing and murdering his victims. Walsh had to listen to it and try to determine whether any of the cries of agony sounded familiar. None did, but the voices still echo, the sounds of angels trapped in hell. How did he and his wife survive such horrors?

''They're unbearable,'' Walsh says in a crisp, matter-of-fact tone. ''But you've got to stay focused. I know that incredible evil walks this planet. That's what I stay focused on.''

The fact is, Walsh has always fancied himself a tough guy, a man of action, a hero. Growing up in an Irish Catholic family in the town of Auburn in upstate New York, he was a street brawler and a soccer player. ''I was trained to win in the fourth quarter, to win in overtime,'' he says with a customary lack of humility. Later it was boxing, deep-sea diving and motorcycles. Drifting into depression and addiction wasn't an option that suited his temperament; getting mad was. What had been a high-octane personality shifted into overdrive, where it has been ever since. ''Certainly Adam's murder changed my level of intensity,'' Walsh says. ''And it refocused me in a whole different direction. I didn't care about building luxury hotels. So I directed all my anger and bitterness to taking on the F.B.I., first of all. I wanted to make sure Adam didn't die in vain.''

Larry King had Walsh as a guest on his radio show in the period after Adam's death; over the past 20 years the two have become friends, and Walsh is a regular on King's CNN show. ''His anger was really starting to build back then,'' King says. ''That pain and anger is still present in him, and it's going to be there until the day he dies. But it's a controlled anger that he can present very well on television. All he's done is hone it over the years.''

Air Force One sits on the tarmac. The presidential motorcade pulls up -- sirens and whipping lights. Secret Service agents pour out of the vehicles and surround the black limo in the center. The door opens, the cluster of agents tightens and out steps . . . John Walsh. He's a small, compact man with a vitality, a strut, a magnetism, and on a shoot, that life force is fairly crackling in him. He pivots sharply, stares into the camera, points a finger like a gun and squeezes off the words as if they were supercharged with meaning:

''Now here's a review of tonight's cases!''

We're at the Secret Service training facility in Beltsville, Md. This week's episode of ''America's Most Wanted'' will illustrate how those who guard the president practice their craft. Walsh gets to play the role of the president, then a Secret Service agent on a mock city block. Suddenly a team of assassins comes flying out of a nearby building; he runs for cover behind a parked car, pulls his pistol from its holster and opens fire, teeth gritted and eyes flaring; shell casings fly, and the bad guys collapse one by one to the pavement. He seems to enjoy the role-playing immensely.

Walsh's story is, after all, the archetypal Hollywood hero-genesis theme: the ordinary guy who transforms when violence is done to a loved one and goes on to fight evil. Only this wasn't a Charles Bronson or a Clint Eastwood character; it was real life. And Walsh has gotten to play the avenging angel on TV, and in a role that, for all its staginess, gets the most concrete of results. The leather jacket first appeared in 1996. His ''America's Most Wanted'' persona has become more macho over time.

The slightly queasy part is how thoroughly the angry-hero stuff suits Walsh's ego and whether, therefore, it may have a downside. ''I think his kind of approach continues to feed on the loss,'' said Rachel King, a lawyer who has a book coming out in the winter on how families of murder victims cope with their loss. ''I've found that the families who move through the anger and come to reconcile have happier lives.''

''Happy'' is not a word that comes to mind when you meet John Walsh. And while he considers himself fiercely devoted to his three children, it's also true that his chosen mission puts a burden on them. The family has had to live with regular death threats, and the children have grown up with bodyguards and security cameras. Recently, because he has targeted anti-abortion terrorists on ''America's Most Wanted,'' Walsh's name has been on the hit list of a radical anti-abortion group. In typical fashion, rather than back down or keep mum, Walsh the street fighter chooses to taunt: ''They put me right on their Web site. But whenever I make public appearances I have 90 zillion undercover cops with me. And I've got special training. I know how to use guns. I know how to kill people. I know I'm not bulletproof, but I think it would be damned hard to kill me. I just hope and pray that someone who's trying to kill me won't end up killing one of the people around me or someone I'm related to.''

While Walsh is understandably guarded in discussing his family life, a small window into its difficulties opened up this summer, when Revé filed for divorce. Walsh admits that his womanizing has damaged the marriage, but he has persuaded Revé, who does not do interviews, to enter couples' counseling. According to Walsh's publicist, ''She's giving him six months to work through his problems.''

His inexorable schedule won't help. ''America's Most Wanted'' tapes 46 weeks out of the year, and alongside it he manages to have a whole other career as a victims' rights advocate. He'll tape until midnight on the West Coast, then fly to New York in time for a segment on ''Today'' about missing children and be in Washington in the afternoon lobbying for the crime victims' rights amendment -- all this before he even starts working on the talk show. He burns through staff members, who eventually get tired of existing on three or four hours of sleep. ''Sleep is not important to me,'' he says. Wherever he shows up there are fans waiting. He'll sign every autograph, pose for every photo. He usually has a word or two for each person. To a parent, he'll say, ''You take good care of those little girls, you hear me?'' To a Secret Service officer, ''I'm proud of the work you're doing.''

Then, of course, there is that special group, the parents of murdered or abducted children. When Elizabeth Smart went missing in Utah, he spent two and a half hours on the phone with her father. He still fields calls from confused or irate parents, sits with them at conferences, soothes them with his presence, providing an example of someone who has survived the loss of a child and has found a way to manage the streams of jagged emotions that keep coming, year after year. It would be natural to be dragged down by all this misery. For the most part, though, Walsh seems to draw strength from it. He has an oddly uniform energy that seems to radiate from his whole being; you get the sense that this work is both an obsession and a fuel.

But there is a toll. The obsession is also an obligation, isn't it? ''Absolutely,'' Walsh says. ''After the Oklahoma City bombing, I was asked by the coroner to go into the morgue tent and give a pep talk to the people who had been up all night pulling out body parts. They wanted me. At ground zero, I was the only TV guy allowed on the scene at first, and workers would come up to me and say, 'Go get the bastards who did this, John.'''

Six months ago, Walsh got a call about the disappearance of Danielle van Dam. The case wasn't getting much publicity. ''The next morning I was on the CBS morning show, 'Good Morning America' and 'Today' with the van Dams -- all in the same morning. Then came Larry King, CNN News, Fox News -- it became a national story.'' The van Dam case ended sadly: searchers found the girl's body three weeks later. But the story illustrates Walsh's power. ''I know I have this vehicle,'' he says. ''I have the attention of the nation, and the support of all these wonderful people out there, and the support of law enforcement.'' He leans forward, and his voice lowers. ''And you know what? It's great to hunt the bastards down.''

It might also be nice to move on a bit, though. Maybe the leather jacket is becoming a bit of a straitjacket. After turning down several offers over the years to host a talk show, he said yes this time. He plans to continue with ''America's Most Wanted,'' but he's looking forward to the challenge of ''The John Walsh Show.'' There will be the immediacy of performing in front of a studio audience, and the chance, in that venue, to reveal more of himself. In promos, the manhunter image gives way to a dad-at-home look; he talks about his three kids. Walsh the parent vows to devote a significant portion of air time to the other side of the issue that has held him in its thrall all these years, and one of particular concern to women: safety. ''I think people are more than ever concerned about safety,'' he says. ''How to make your home safe, how to keep your children safe, how to keep yourself safe.'' A talk show, maybe, for the terrorist age.

Larry King, who knows as well as anyone what it takes to succeed in talk, offers this assessment of Walsh's prospects. ''John is utterly compelling on television. He's clicker-proof: if he's on, it's hard to hit that button. What we don't know is how well he'll do in this format, asking the questions. You've got to have a natural curiosity. How curious is he about other subjects?''

Not even those closest to Walsh seem to know the answer.
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April 21, 1991, New York Times, TV's 'Most Wanted' Brings Arrest in Killing of Ex-Brooklyn Senator, by Mireya Navarro,

A man being hunted in the shooting death of former State Senator Vander L. Beatty in Brooklyn last August was arrested on Friday night in Chicago after a viewer saw his picture on the television show "America's Most Wanted" and tipped off the police, law-enforcement officials said yesterday.

The wanted man was identified as Arthur Everett Flournoy, 52 years old. He was arrested at his Chicago home by F.B.I. agents and Chicago police detectives about 11 P.M., just hours after "America's Most Wanted" was broadcast, F.B.I. and New York City police spokesmen said.

The tip came from a television viewer who told the authorities that he had recognized the picture as that of a man his mother had rented an apartment to in a Chicago residential hotel, the police said. The viewer was not identified.

Mr. Flournoy, a retired New York City corrections officer, faces murder charges in New York. He was being held yesterday in Chicago on a Federal warrant charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Efforts to extradite him to New York were under way, said a New York police spokesman, Officer Ralph St. Just.

Killed at Close Range
Mr. Beatty was shot to death in the early afternoon of Aug. 30 while sitting at his wooden desk in his storefront campaign headquarters at 457 Sterling Place in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

The police say that the gunman fired at least two shots at Mr. Beatty from a small-caliber revolver, walked out of the office and calmly drove off in a blue Oldsmobile. The car then stalled a few blocks away and the killer fled. A vehicle registered to Mr. Flournoy, a college classmate of Mr. Beatty's, fit the description of the getaway car.

Mr. Flournoy's lawyer at the time, Harry R. Pollak, said after the shooting that his client was upset that day because a State Supreme Court judge had refused to reduce his alimony payments. Mr. Pollak was also Mr. Beatty's lawyer and had been hired by Mr. Flournoy on Mr. Beatty's recommendation. The lawyer said that Mr. Flournoy had punched him after the court hearing. Forty-five minutes later, Mr. Beatty was shot, the police say. Trying for a Comeback

At his death, Mr. Beatty, 49, was trying to make a political comeback by running for a state party committee seat in the Democratic primary. He had been a flamboyant politician with more than 20 years in politics, half of those in Albany, and had served time in prison for racketeering, tax evasion and election fraud.

"America's Most Wanted," a syndicated show broadcast on Fox TV on Fridays at 8 P.M., profiles criminals at large. Since the show started in February 1988, tips from viewers have led to 147 arrests, the show's spokesman, Jack Breslin, said.

Mr. Breslin said Friday night was the second time Mr. Flournoy had been featured. The first time, last November, produced several dozen tips indicating that the suspect lived in Chicago, but there was not enough information to lead to an arrest, Mr. Breslin added. He said the Friday night show produced 51 calls about Mr. Flournoy.
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July 27, 2006, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, President Bush Signs Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006,
 
The South Lawn

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 In Focus: African-American History

9:34 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Good morning. Welcome. Thanks for being here on this special day. Please be seated. America began with a Declaration that all men are created equal. This Declaration marked a tremendous advance in the story of freedom, yet it also contained a contradiction: Some of the same men who signed their names to this self-evident truth owned other men as property. By reauthorizing this act, Congress has reaffirmed its belief that all men are created equal; its belief that the new founding started by the signing of the bill by President Johnson is worthy of our great nation to continue. (Applause.)

I'm proud to be here with our Attorney General and members of my Cabinet, the leaders of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. I thank the bill sponsors, I thank the members of the Judiciary Committee. I appreciate so very much representatives of the Hamer family who have joined us -- (applause) -- representatives of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute who have joined us -- (applause) -- and members of the King family, in particular Reverend Bernice King and Martin Luther King, thank you all for coming. (Applause.)

I'm honored to be here with civil rights leaders like Dr. Dorothy Height -- (applause) -- Julian Bond, the Chairman of the NAACP -- (applause) -- Bruce Gordon, thank you Bruce -- (applause) -- Reverend Lowery, it's good to see you again, sir -- (applause) -- fortunately I got the mic this time. (Laughter.) I'm proud to be here with Marc Morial. Thanks for coming Marc. (Applause.) Juanita Abernathy is with us today. Jesse Jackson, good to see you, Jesse. (Applause.) Al Sharpton -- (applause) -- Dr. Benjamin Hooks and Frances are with us. (Applause.)

A lot of other folks who care deeply about this issue. We welcome you here. It's good to welcome the mayor. Mr. Mayor, good to see you. Thanks for coming. Tony Williams. (Applause.) Everything is fine in the neighborhood, I appreciate it. (Laughter.) And the Mayor of Selma, Alabama, James Perkins, is with us. Mr. Mayor, proud you're here. (Applause.) Welcome, sir.

The right of ordinary men and women to determine their own political future lies at the heart of the American experiment, and it is a right that has been won by the sacrifice of patriots. The Declaration of Independence was born on the stand for liberty taken at Lexington and Concord. The amendments to our Constitution that outlawed slavery and guaranteed the right to vote came at the price of a terrible civil war.

The Voting Rights Act that broke the segregationist lock on the ballot box rose from the courage shown on a Selma bridge one Sunday afternoon in March of 1965. On that day, African Americans, including a member of the United States Congress, John Lewis -- (applause) -- marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a protest intended to highlight the unfair practices that kept them off the voter rolls.
The brutal response showed America why a march was necessary. When the marchers reached the far side of the bridge, they were met by state troopers and civilian posse bearing billy clubs and whips -- weapons they did not hesitate to use. The images of policemen using night sticks on peaceful protestors were carried on television screens across the country, and they stung the conscience of a slumbering America.

One week after Selma, President Lyndon Johnson took to the airwaves to announce that he planned to submit legislation that would bring African Americans into the civic life of our nation. Five months after Selma, he signed the Voting Rights Act into law in the Rotunda of our nation's capitol. (Applause.) In a little more than a year after Selma, a newly enfranchised black community used their power at the ballot box to help defeat the sheriff who had sent men with whips and clubs to the Edmund Pettus Bridge on that bloody Sunday.

For some parts of our country, the Voting Rights Act marked the first appearance of African Americans on the voting rolls since Reconstruction. And in the primaries and elections that followed the signing of this act, many African Americans pulled the voting lever for the first time in their lives.

Eighty-one year old Willie Bolden was the grandson of slaves, and in the spring of 1966, he cast his first ballot in Alabama's Democratic primary. He told a reporter, "It felt good to me. It made me think I was sort of somebody." In the America promised by our founders, every citizen is a somebody, and every generation has a responsibility to add its own chapter to the unfolding story of freedom. (Applause.)

In four decades since the Voting Rights Act was first passed, we've made progress toward equality, yet the work for a more perfect union is never ending. We'll continue to build on the legal equality won by the civil rights movement to help ensure that every person enjoys the opportunity that this great land of liberty offers. And that means a decent education and a good school for every child, a chance to own their own home or business, and the hope that comes from knowing that you can rise in our society by hard work and God-given talents. (Applause.)
Today, we renew a bill that helped bring a community on the margins into the life of American democracy. My administration will vigorously enforce the provisions of this law, and we will defend it in court. (Applause.) This legislation is named in honor of three heroes of American history who devoted their lives to the struggle of civil rights: Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King. (Applause.) And in honor of their memory and their contributions to the cause of freedom, I am proud to sign the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006. (Applause.)

(The act is signed.) (Applause.)

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President George W. Bush signs H.R. 9, the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006, on the South Lawn Thursday, July 27, 2006. White House photo by Paul Morse


President Bush Signs Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006
President George W. Bush talks with U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, during the signing of H.R. 9, the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006, on the South Lawn Thursday, July 27, 2006. 9:34 A.M. EDT, White House photo by Paul Morse

President Bush Signs Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006


President George W. Bush speaks during the signing of H.R. 9, the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006, on the South Lawn Thursday, July 27, 2006. "In four decades since the Voting Rights Act was first passed, we've made progress toward equality, yet the work for a more perfect union is never ending," said President Bush. "We'll continue to build on the legal equality won by the civil rights movement to help ensure that every person enjoys the opportunity that this great land of liberty offers." White House photo by Eric Draper 



President George W. Bush, joined by Senate and House members, welcomes John and Reve Walsh prior to signing H.R. 4472, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 at a ceremony Thursday, July 27, 2006, 1:11 P.M. EDT, in the Rose Garden at the White House. The bill is named for the Walsh’s six-year-old son Adam Walsh who was abducted and killed 25 years ago. White House photo by Paul Morse
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President Signs H.R. 4472, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006

President George W. Bush is joined by Senate and House members as he signs H.R. 4472, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 at a ceremony Thursday, July 27, 2006, in the Rose Garden at the White House, as John Walsh, center, and his wife, Reve Walsh, look on. The bill is named for the Walsh’s six-year-old son Adam Walsh who was abducted and killed 25 years ago. White House photo by Eric Draper
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July 27, 2006, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, President Signs H.R. 4472, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006,
The Rose Garden

Fact Sheet: The Adam Walsh Child Protection And Safety Act Of 2006

1:11 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. Please be seated. Welcome and good afternoon. In a few moments I will sign the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Twenty-five years ago today, Adam Walsh was abducted from a department store and he was later found murdered. In the years since, his parents, John and Rev Walsh, have become advocates for missing children. They've helped combat child abduction and exploitation across this country. And the bill I sign today will strengthen federal laws to protect our children from sexual and other violent crimes, will help prevent child pornography, and will make the Internet safer for our sons and daughters. I want to thank you all for joining us today, and thank you for your tireless crusade. (Applause.)
I'm pleased to be up here with the Attorney General, Al Gonzales. I want to thank all the members of the House and the Senate who have joined us. John, as you can see, you've attracted quite a crowd here.

MR. WALSH: S.W.A.T. team for kids.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, it is, S.W.A.T. team for kids.

I appreciate very much the bill sponsors who have joined us, and the committee chairmen and the leadership that has made this bill possible. This is a good piece of bipartisan legislation, and I'm really going to be proud to sign it.

I want to thank all the family members of victims who have joined us today. I particularly want to say hello to Elizabeth Smart and Amie Zyla. Thank you all for coming.

You know, having someone harm your child is one of the worst nightmares a parent could face. And the families who have joined us today have felt that pain firsthand. In your suffering and loss, many of you have found the courage to become advocates for the safety of other children. Because of your efforts, this important measure is going to become the law of the land, and the children of parents you may never meet will be spared the anguish your families have known. So thank you for your contribution.

Protecting our children is our solemn responsibility. It's what we must do. When a child's life or innocence is taken it is a terrible loss -- it's an act of unforgivable cruelty. Our society has a duty to protect our children from exploitation and danger. By enacting this law we're sending a clear message across the country: those who prey on our children will be caught, prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

I appreciate working with Congress in the past to give law enforcement the tools they need to go after criminals who kidnap and exploit children. In 2003, I signed the PROTECT Act, that expanded the use of Amber Alerts, that makes grants to all 50 states so law enforcement can quickly alert the public about missing children and their abductors. We also launched Operation Predator to help law enforcement track down and arrest foreign pedophiles and human traffickers and sex tourists and Internet pornographers who prey on our children.
Earlier this year, the Department of Justice, led by Al Gonzales, launched Project Safe Childhood to help federal, state and local enforcement officials investigate and prosecute crimes against children that are facilitated by the Internet and other electronic communications.

This new law I sign today builds on the progress in four important ways: First, the bill I sign today will greatly expand the National Sex Offender Registry by integrating the information in state sex offender registry systems and ensuring that law enforcement has access to the same information across the United States. It seems to make sense, doesn't it? See, these improvements will help prevent sex offenders from evading detection by moving from one state to the next. Data drawn from this comprehensive registry will also be made available to the public so parents have the information they need to protect their children from sex offenders that might be in their neighborhoods.

Second, the bill I sign today will increase federal penalties for crimes against children. This bill imposes tough mandatory minimum penalties for the most serious crimes against our children. It increases penalties for crimes such as sex trafficking of children and child prostitution; provides grants to states to help them institutionalize sex offenders who've shown they cannot change their behavior and are about to be released from prison.

Third, the bill I sign today will make it harder for sex predators to reach our children on the Internet. Some sex predators use this technology to make contact with potential victims, so the bill authorizes additional new regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces. These task forces provides funding and training to help state and local law enforcement combat crimes involving the sexual exploitation of minors on the Internet.

Fourth, the bill I sign today will help prevent child abuse by creating a National Child Abuse Registry, and requiring investigators to do background checks on adoptive and foster parents before they approve to take custody of a child. By giving child protective service professionals in all 50 states access to this critical information, we will improve their ability to investigate child abuse cases and help ensure that the vulnerable children are not put into situations of abuse or neglect.

This is a comprehensive piece of legislation, and it's an important bill. Our nation grieves with every family that's suffered the unbearable pain of a child who's been abducted or abused. This law makes an important step forward in this country's efforts to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

I thank you for coming for witness to this. It's now my high honor to sign the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. (Applause.)

(The bill is signed.) (Applause.)

END 1:19 P.M. EDT
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