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John Walsh hosts the TV series America's Most Wanted, as a result of his son being abducted and murdered in 1981.
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Walsh is the only private citizen to receive a Special Recognition Award by a U.S. Attorney General, and he's been honored in the Rose Garden four times by three presidents: Clinton, Bush and Reagan. After September 11, the White House called on Walsh to help Americans better understand the war on terrorism. The FBI also requested Walsh's help with the investigation after the Oklahoma City bombings.
In 1997, Walsh published a best-selling book,
Tears of Rage: From Grieving Father to Crusader For Justice: The Untold Story of the Adam Walsh Case. His second book, No Mercy, came out in 1998. He has also started Straight Shooter Productions in partnership with America's Most Wanted Executive Producer Lance Heflin. He received his first prime-time Emmy nomination for Street Smart Kids, a labor of love he created and produced for Fox. In the fall of 2002, Walsh debuted a one-hour daily talk show called "The John Walsh Show."
On December 15, 2008, police determined that serial killer Ottis Toole was responsible for the murder of Walsh's son.The announcement brought to a close a case that has troubled the Walsh family for more than two decades.
Walsh lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their three children.
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