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Could Jeffrey Dahmer Have Killed John Walsh's Son?

Could Jeffrey Dahmer Have Killed John Walsh's Son?

Originally posted 04/01/2010 02:15PM

Startling new evidence is mounting in a nearly 30-year-old case that may now link one of America's most infamous murderers to a high-profile, innocent, young victim.

Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer – who tortured and murdered 17 men and boys, most of them in Milwaukee, between 1987 and 1991 – could have had some alarming ties to the 1981 kidnapping and killing of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, son of America's Most Wanted host John Walsh, according to a investigation by the Miami Herald.

Recent findings have uncovered witnesses who claim to have seen Dahmer with Adam on July 27, 1981, at the Hollywood, Fla., mall where the boy was abducted. At the time, Dahmer, recently discharged from the Army, was living in Miami Beach, some 20 miles away. One witness says that on that fateful day he saw Dahmer force a crying boy into the back of a blue van. Still others say Dahmer had access to a blue van fitting an early description of the getaway vehicle.

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Police Identify Murderer of America's Most Wanted Host's Son | John Walsh

UpdatePosted 12/16/2008 05:55PM

Police Identify Murderer of America's Most Wanted Host's Son

Originally posted 12/16/2008 04:00PM

More than a quarter century after the kidnapped child was found dead, police in Florida closed the book on one of the country's most famous cold cases, involving Adam Walsh, the son of America's Most Wanted host John Walsh.

Adam, who was 6 in 1981, was abducted from a Hollywood, Fla., shopping mall and his head was discovered two weeks later. His other remains were never recovered.

Police on Tuesday named a convicted serial killer named Ottis Toole, who died in prison in 1996, as the child's suspected murderer.

"It is our determination and conclusion that Ottis Toole was the abductor and murderer of Adam Walsh," said Hollywood Police Chief Chad Wagner. "If [he] were alive today, he would be arrested."

Wagner did not elaborate on any new evidence that the police have uncovered.

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