Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America

Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America - Joe Matthews, Les Standiford It's almost hard to believe that 30 years have passed since Adam Walsh was abducted from a south Florida Sears store. Thanks to the efforts of his parents, John and Reve Walsh, modern law enforcement now has a number of tools that were not available at the time: VICAP, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, AMBER Alerts and more.Les Standiford's book ties up all of the loose ends in the case, and lays out the almost deliberate bungling of the Hollywood, FL, police department. While Ottis Toole confessed to the crime multiple times, including details that had never been released to the police, the lead investigator deliberately ignored information given to him because he had a different suspect in mind.Succinct, fact-driven and emotional, Standiford's book brings to an end the mystery of why a man was not charged with the crimes to which he confessed. Toole died while incarcerated on other charges.I suspect most people who have followed the Walsh case are aware of Toole's guilt (it was eventually announced in 2008). However the details of why it took so long to discharge the case under exceptional circumstances have not been previously explained. Highly recommended.