America’s Most Wanted' Star Reportedly Brought a Crowd to Tears While Talking About His Late Son
The former “America’s Most Wanted” host was reportedly discussing the kidnapping of Jayme Closs when he remembered details from the murder of his own son Adam, which shocked the nation almost 40 years ago.
73-year-old TV host John Walsh was speaking in an event at the Paley Center for Media in New York City about 13-year-old Jayme Closs kidnapping, which had a fortunate outcome with the teenager returning home to her parents alive.
As a member of the crowd present in the talk told Page Six, things took an emotional turn when Walsh shared gruesome details from the kidnapping and murder of his six-year-old son in 1981.
According to this person, Walsh’s personal story brought the audience to tears. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
“It took him 27 years to find justice for Adam. It was so, so awful. There was not a dry eye in the house. The story was horrifying. Everyone was sobbing.”
-Anonymous source, Page Six, January 19, 2019.
Journalist and produce Paula Zahn hosted the Q&A with Walsh and his son Callahan following a screening of Walsh’s new true crime show named “In Pursuit with John Walsh,” described as “basically a reboot of ‘America’s Most Wanted.’”
Case of Blackwell murder suspect on U.S. Marshals '15 Most Wanted' list to be shown on 'In Pursuit with John Walsh' on ID tonight: https://t.co/O9yDgvh32P via @kfor @johnwalsh @callahanwalsh #TeamInPursuit— Investigation Discovery (@DiscoveryID) January 16, 2019
Sources told the news outlet that Walsh was convinced to return from his retirement to continue with his commitment to advocating against crime in the US.
Walsh promised the audience that he was not going to stop until every “dirtbag” featured on his show is found and brought to justice.
While Walsh is known for his efforts to combat criminality, this wasn’t always his idea of a career, but it all changed for him when his son was abducted and later found dead in Florida.
Devastated by the pain caused by this loss, Walsh became a devoted seeker of justice for families who go through nightmares such as what he had to experience.
The FBI has credited “America’s Most Wanted,” the show that Walsh created and hosted for more than a decade, with leading to the capture of 17 fugitives from the agency’s 10 Most Wanted lists.
Walsh proudly maintains that thanks to his show, which brought criminal profiles to the spotlight, 1.200 suspects have been arrested.
Apart from creating “America’s Most Wanted,” Walsh is a co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, after he and his wife Reve pressured Congress to pass the Missing Children Act in 2013.
ROB DELANEY’S EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE TO HIS LATE SON
Delaney took to Twitter after Christmas Day to post a touching tribute to his two-year-old who passed away in January 2018 due to brain cancer.
Little Henry got diagnosed in 2016, and a risky surgery soon followed to remove the brain tumor.
My sweet boy pic.twitter.com/E6F2BScFoi— rob delaney (@robdelaney) December 26, 2018
In autumn of 2017 the family received the news that Henry’s cancer had returned, but this time there was nothing the doctors could do as even the required treatment made no difference.
“Our first Christmas without Henry came & went. The day itself was okay, maybe because there were so many horrible, painful days leading up to it; we must have hit our quota or something. We talked about him a lot & included his memory throughout the day,” Delaney tweeted on December 26.