On July 27, 1981 a seven-year-old boy called Adam John Walsh was abducted from a Sears department store at the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Florida, and later found murdered and decapitated. His death earned national publicity. His story was made into the 1983 television film Adam, seen by 38 million people in its original airing. His father, John Walsh, became an advocate for victims of violent crimes and the host of the television program America’s Most Wanted.
Convicted serial killer Ottis Toole confessed to Adam’s murder but was never convicted for this specific crime due to loss of evidence and a recanted confession. The police investigation of his abduction was alleged to be unsatisfactory, and they lost the bloodstained carpet from Toole’s Cadillac, the machete used to decapitate Adam, and eventually, the car itself. DNA testing was in a rudimentary state in the early 1980s and it was not possible then to determine the source of the blood found in the Cadillac.
Willis Morgan was an eye witness at the mall the day Adam was taken, but rather than feel relief when the Hollywood Police Department finally convicted suspect Ottis Toole in 2008, he felt sick and frustrated. Frustrated that a young child was snatched from right in front of him. Frustrated that evidence, leads and witness testimony were lost. Frustrated that eyewitness testimony of Jeffrey Dahmer being at the Hollywood Mall the same day was disregarded. Frustrated because there was a compelling wall of evidence that it was Jeffrey Dahmer, the Milwaukee Cannibal, who killed Adam, and not Toole. And most of all frustrated because no justice has yet been served for Adam Walsh. In his book Frustrated Witness, Morgan details his unnerving encounter with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the mall, the other eyewitness accounts of that fateful day and major flaws in the police investigation.
“This is the account of Adam Walsh’s abduction and my attempts stretching across decades to find justice for him,” Morgan writes. “As much as this book is a case for Jeffrey Dahmer being Adam’s murderer, it is equally a study of how the Hollywood Police Department (HPD) conducted the homicide investigation.” Morgan has left no stone unturned in his quest for the truth and Frustrated Witness includes an incredible array of evidence he gathered, piece by painstaking piece, to prove Dahmer committed the murder of Adam Walsh. This includes crime scenes he uncovered, police investigative reports he researched, an analysis of suspect composites and even the sordid details of Dahmer’s murky past before he came to be known as America’s most notorious serial killer who dismembered, ate or kept parts of his victims. Frustrated Witness not only implicates Dahmer but presents the facts to the court of public opinion, in the hope that it ultimately brings about justice for Adam Walsh.
Since I discovered this book on Amazon, I was eager for an interview with its author. Willis Morgan and I had recently a little chat and here is what he said to me…
- How did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“A detective talked the Hollywood Police Department into pinned Adam’s murder on the wrong person. I want everyone to know it was not Ottis Toole that abducted and murdered Adam Walsh.”
- Was getting published hard?
“For me the biggest hurdle to overcome has been marketing and getting the media to cover this story.
During the December 16, 2008, closing conference, Police Chief Chadwick E. Wagner fed the Walsh family and the media more baloney than would fit in any sandwich. Mainstream media outlets accepted the transparently contrived story as the truth without investigating and without even the slightest bit of skepticism. As a consequence, the media ate the sandwich.
The following are just some of the headline stories that ran the day after the closing:
- Case Closed: Police ID Adam Walsh Killer (ABC News)
- Cops Solve ’81 Slaying of AMW Host John Walsh’s Son (NBC News)
- Cops: 1981 Adam Walsh Murder Solved (CBS News)
- The Murder of Adam Walsh: A 27-Year Mystery Solved (FOX News)
- Police ID Killer of ‘Most Wanted’ Host’s Son (USA TODAY)
- Adam Walsh Murder Case Closed (America’s Most Wanted)
Afterward, I tried to tell the media the true story, but in the gold rush frenzy of media competition, they seemed to be more interested in getting the official story out. Since most got it wrong, my frustration as a witness was exacerbated. Getting the HPD, the State Attorney’s Office, and the courts to listen has proven harder than I ever imagined. This, then, is my odyssey as a frustrated witness. And this is Adam’s story as much as it is mine.”
FRUSTRATED WITNESS! The True Story of the Adam Walsh Case
Author Willis Morgan
Publication date: July 27, 2015
eBook ISBN 9781631929861
The Real Untold Story of the Adam Walsh Case
by Willis Morgan
When six-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted from the Hollywood Mall on July 27, 1981, and his severed head found at the Florida Turnpike, no one could have guessed that it would take police almost thirty years to find the culprit or that even then they had still got it all so wrong.
Willis Morgan isn’t just the author of Frustrated Witness he is also one of the many witnesses that were at the Hollywood Mall on the day Adam Walsh was abducted. Rather than feel relief when the Hollywood Police Department finally convicted suspect Ottis Toole in 2008, he felt sick and frustrated. There was a compelling wall of evidence that it was Jeffrey Dahmer, the Milwaukee Cannibal, who killed Adam, and not Toole. “Frustrated Witness” not only implicates Dahmer but presents the facts to the court of public opinion, in the hope that it ultimately brings about justice for Adam Walsh.
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JUSTICE FOR ADAM-Website for the case records: http://justiceforadam.com/
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Willis Morgan was born in Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY. He graduated from Bellport High School then went on to Suffolk County Community College before joining the United States Air Force as a Security Police Officer.
In 1972 Willis moved to Miami and started working for the Miami Herald. In 1977 he became a supervisor in charge of the training program for the pressroom.
In 1981 Willis became involved in the Adam Walsh case after he had an encounter with one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, in Radio Shack located in the Hollywood Mall, Hollywood Florida. The day was July 27, 1981. This was the same day that Adam Walsh was abducted.
After being brushed off by the Hollywood Police Department when he tried to tell them what happened. Willis spent the next three decades trying to find justice for Adam.
After the Hollywood Police Department closed the case on December 16, 2008 pinning Adam’s murder on a sycophantic serial confessor, Ottis Toole, Willis started tracking down other witnesses to find out where the police went wrong. It was also about that time Willis started writing his book Frustrated Witness! Willis wants the world to know it was not Ottis Toole that murdered Adam.