Friday, May 06, 2011

Bringing Adam Home

I'm on day two of a flare-up of pain. I kind of knew it was coming; I had pushed myself over the last week until I spent yesterday in bed trying to recover and rest up for tomorrow. Molly has five events at State Solo Ensemble, including her musical theater solo of Adelaide's Lament from Guys and Dolls. Tonight I plan on reading my new EW magazine and hopefully start Tricia Goyer's new Amish series.

Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed AmericaBringing Adam Home by Les Standiford & Joe Matthews is the true story behind the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh in 1981 and the subsequent investigation. The story is well known to most Americans because it changed how they viewed the world around them. It was no longer a safe place, and children needed close supervision, even in the corner store where they had previously been thought safe. Adam's father John turned his grief and frustration at the stalled investigation into crusading zeal and helped get the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children founded, as well as beginning Fox's longest running program America's Most Wanted. But even with all the good the Walshes accomplished in the wake of Adam's murder, they still lived daily with the question that haunted all of America: What had really happened to Adam? John and wife, Reve, asked friend and investigator Joe Matthews to take a look at the twenty-five year old evidence and interviews and see if he could finally give them an answer. What Matthews uncovered was incompetence by the Hollywood, Florida police department, including willful destruction of evidence by chief investigator, Jack Hoffman. Readers will find their own frustration and anger rising at Hoffman's repeated and deliberate refusal to acknowledge the truth. Ottis Toole, a serial killer associated with Henry Lee Lucas had confessed to Adam's murder multiple times, and almost as often recanted. The evidence is laid out before the readers in a logical manner, and readers will come to agree with Matthews' conclusion, especially with the inclusion of photographs that sat at the crime lab for a quarter century without being developed! The book is a powerful indictment of the Hollywood PD's refusal to request help when they knew they were over their heads, as well as their malicious sabotage of the careers of anyone who tried to stand in their way. The evidence is conclusive as to Adam's killer. Matthews should be commended for the great burden he has lifted not just from the Walshes but from everyone in American who has been haunted by this tragic story.