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December 18, 2008 |
The news business sometimes produces the surprise phone call, and I surely wasn't expecting to hear John Walsh's voice on the line Wednesday. Not the day after Hollywood, Fla., police announced that, as had long been suspected, a demented drifter killed 6-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981. And I most certainly wasn't expecting Walsh to be calling in support of Mike Carona, Orange County's former sheriff now on trial on federal corruption charges.
December 17, 2008 |
A dead man was officially named Adam Walsh's killer Tuesday, but not because of any new evidence or a deathbed confession. Police simply took another look at 27 years of tips, psychic revelations, often-botched police work and a serial killer's chilling admissions and decided it was time. Time to ease the suffering of the Walsh family and time to point the finger at the man Hollywood Police Chief Chad Wagner said had been the prime suspect all along: Ottis Toole.
March 6, 2007 |
IS any poem more authentically American than "Casey at the Bat?" By happily making fun of our national pastime, it teaches us the civic virtue of humility and the literary value of irony. It tells us not to be too proud of our past accomplishments or rewards that may come in the future: Watch that banana peel! It shows us that even a subject as solemn as baseball -- the sacred American baseball! -- can stand a good strong horse laugh to keep it in perspective.
May 10, 2003 |
Television host John Walsh broke his left ankle in three places trying to mimic a young skateboarder on his syndicated show, a spokesman said. Walsh fell down a skate ramp Thursday at the Chelsea Piers sports complex in Manhattan, where he was taping an episode of "The John Walsh Show," show spokesman Gary Rosen said. The skateboarder had just completed his stunt when Walsh, 57, decided to try it himself, Rosen said. The accident was taped, and the episode is scheduled to air May 16, Rosen said.
December 25, 2002 |
John Walsh, host of the high-profile "America's Most Wanted" television program, says he is helping Elizabeth Smart's family look for a man who once worked for them who they believe had something to do with Elizabeth's abduction. On CNN's "Larry King Live" show Monday night, Walsh said that a future "America's Most Wanted" will profile a roofer he said was "a young homeless guy who lived at a homeless shelter" who may have used an alias when he worked for the Smarts.
October 18, 2002 |
John Walsh is still processing the last few years of his life, the ones that took him from aspiring writer-director to writer-director verite. After years of making a film "out of bubble gum and spit," his debut, "Ed's Next Move," was picked up for distribution in 1996. It was surreal, Walsh, 40, recalls, as he, a "Joe Schmo struggling to get a movie made, suddenly had people acting like I was a director."