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DID THE POLICE BUNGLE THE CASE OF ADAM WALSH?

The story is already part of contemporary lore, a wrenching lore to break our hearts: the disappearance of a six-year old boy named Adam on July 27, 1981; the discovery of his severed head 16 days later in a Florida drainage ditch; the inability of the legal system to pin the crime on anyone. Two TV movies have been produced on the ordeal of Adam's parents, John Walsh and his wife Reve. But only recently did Walsh--the no-nonsense host of the Fox TV show America's Most Wanted--decide to write down his own story. From its searing prologue through its frank re-creation...

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