Did Dahmer Kill Adam Walsh?

5 05 2010

The Miami Herald has the story:

Investigating one of the nation’s most prominent unsolved murders, a Hollywood detective pitched softball questions and homemade muffins to a serial killer.

He asked: Did you kidnap freckled 6-year-old Adam Walsh from a Sears in 1981? “Nothing to do with it,” Jeffrey Dahmer answered, taking another muffin.

The word of Dahmer, a sociopath who stashed severed heads in his refrigerator, was instrumental in Hollywood police deciding he was not Adam’s killer despite contradictory statements from two witnesses.

In December 2008, Chief Chadwick Wagner called a press conference to say deceased drifter Ottis Toole — long suspected but never prosecuted — killed Adam. Adam’s parents believed it and Broward prosecutors said Toole was the only valid suspect. Case closed.

But had authorities fully explored Dahmer’s time in South Florida, they would have found more evidence implicating him than Toole, The Miami Herald found.

The evidence includes two additional witnesses who said they saw him at the mall with Adam that day, another who placed Dahmer at the scene of an eerily similar abduction attempt two weeks earlier, and people who said he had access to a van fitting an early description of the getaway vehicle.

This would certainly make for an interesting episode of America’s Most Wanted if it turned out that Dahmer was the guy.  John Walsh has said that he doesn’t believe Dahmer is the guy though, and Adam Walsh was pretty young at the time of his death, younger than any of Dahmer’s victims.

That’s the good thing about serial killers — if you absolutely need to kill someone, wait for a serial killer to emerge, and let him take the fall.

Only joking about that last paragraph of course.  Maybe.

h/t Sex Crimes

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