The child's severed head was found more than 100 miles from his home, but his body was never found. Market data provided by Factset. Adam Walsh was abducted from a suburban Florida shopping mall on July 27, 1981. In October 1983, Toole confessed to murdering Adam, telling police he grabbed the boy at the mall and drove about an hour north before decapitating him. Edward James, a man who had been arrested for abducting a boy in Florida, was investigated in connection with Adam’s case, according to Detective Mark Smith’s report on the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh. Two weeks later, the Walshes' hopes were shattered when their little boy's head was found 100 miles away, in an irrigation ditch in Vero Beach, Fla. Adam’s abduction and murder sparked a huge spike in fear around stranger abductions in the United States, creating mass paranoia. This is the letter serial killer Ottis Toole sent to John Walsh, the father of six-year-old Adam Walsh who was abducted on July 27, 1981. nsfw Dear Walsh: I’m the person who snatched, raped and murdered and cut up the little prick teaser, Adam Walsh, and dumped his smelly ass into the canal. When some older boys got into a fight over the games, Adam was ushered outside with them and left alone in the parking lot, according to America's Most Wanted, the long-running television show that was launched by John Walsh. Adam was abducted from a mall in Hollywood, Florida, on July 27, 1981. (Photo: amazon.com) John Walsh is an American producer, television personality, criminal investigator, and human rights advocate. Tears Of Rage: John Walsh pens down his heartbreaking experience of life that he faced after the death of his son Adam Walsh in 1981 in his book Tears of Rage published in 2008. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. case files. He was all over TV and print. Toole, who confessed to dozens of murders, died in prison in 1996. No one has ever been arrested for the crime. During the interview, he said, "I kind of feel bad about that Adam Walsh kid." A TWO-BOOK SET Six-year-old Adam Walsh disappeared from the toy department of a Sears in Hollywood, Florida, in 1981. Speculation suggested a Jacksonville detective had tainted Toole’s confession to sweeten a potential book deal. Police say Adam was killed by Ottis Elwood Toole, who confessed to the crime but later recanted. The remains of Adam Walsh were found Aug. 10, 1981, precisely 35 years ago. At one time, there was speculation that serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer might have been involved in Adam's disappearance. Two weeks later and 125 miles away, a child’s severed head was found and identified as Adam. The killer of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, whose 1981 death launched nationwide advocacy efforts for missing children and other crime victims, was finally named 27 years later. For years, the case remained open as Hollywood police looked for a killer. Adam Walsh. Adam was the son of John Walsh, who turned the personal tragedy into a tireless effort to help missing children and victims of crime. Two weeks later and 125 miles away, a child’s severed head was found and identified as Adam. A Miami police report proved that Dahmer was working 20 minutes, by vehicle, from Hollywood the month Adam disappeared. When they responded no, he told all the boys, including Adam, to leave the store. When John and Reve Walsh turned to the FBI for help, they discovered that the agency would not become involved in such cases unless proof could be provided that a kidnapping had taken place. The killer of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, whose 1981 death launched nationwide advocacy efforts for missing children and other crime victims, was finally named 27 years later. According to the report, James confessed to a cellmate that he had abducted and murdered Adam, and “felt confident detectives would never find blood in his car, a 1973 Plymouth Fury.” He was the son of "America's Most Wanted" host, John Walsh and his wife Revé.