John Walsh

John Walsh


12/26/1945, Syracuse, New York, USA

Birth Name

John E. Walsh


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A tireless advocate for victim's rights and missing children, John Walsh has turned his passion for justice into the nation's number-one crime-fighting show, America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back. Walsh is no stranger to violent crime; in fact, his incredibly successful career as a host of a nationally…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • John recently traveled to London as part of America's Most Wanted special episode where they profiled criminals from all over the world, such as Africa and Britain. He also recently traveled to Hawaii for a special Hawaii adition of AMW.

    • He has launched a website about his show:

      He also contributed to the website

    • A punk rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, named itself "John Walsh" in order to spread a positive message to teens. With lyrics such as "the speeding criminal is the coward," and "Don't spend the years being hurt / Don't spend your life loving jerks," they tackle themes from domestic violence to drunk driving.

    • On August 16, 2006, Walsh's hometown of Auburn, NY named a street after him.

    • In 2002, rapper Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony wrote a song for the show and dedicated it to Adam and John Walsh, encouraging abduction survivors not to keep their abductions a secret, as Bizzy Bone did after being abducted in the early 1980s.

    • After the murder of Adam, the Walshes had three more children: Meghan, Callahan, and Hayden. Revé filed for divorce on August 1, 2002. They later reconciled and the divorce proceeding was dismissed. John and Revé currently live in Washington, D.C..

      Meghan was born a year after Adam was murdered. Revé Walsh told local newspapers at the time that "there is no substitute for Adam." She also said "Meghan will make me miss Adam more. He always wanted a sister." Meghan is currently an artist and resides in North Carolina with her fiancé.

      Callahan was born in 1985, and is currently attending college in Florida, majoring in business. He has considered following in his father's footsteps in television broadcasting and as a political advocate for children.

      Hayden (b. 1995) is the youngest child. He accompanies his father when filming TV shows, including America's Most Wanted. On the July 27, 2006 show of Larry King Live, Larry King said that Hayden resembled Adam.

    • John and Revé Walsh were portrayed by actors Daniel J. Travanti and JoBeth Williams in Adam, a 1983 NBC television movie dramatizing the days following Adam's disappearance. The real Walshes appeared at the end of the broadcast to publicize photographs of other children who had vanished but were still missing.

    • He is the author of three best-selling books, "Tears of Rage" (1997), "No Mercy" (1998) and "Public Enemies" (2001).

    • Walsh was a special guest on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that aired on August 14, 2005. The episode visited the home of Colleen Nick, who is the parent of Morgan Nick (disappeared in 1995, still missing). Walsh has featured the Morgan Nick case on America's Most Wanted several times.

    • He has said on a special episode of "COPS" that he used to drag race.

    • As of 2006, his show "America's Most Wanted" has started it's 20th Season.

    • On July 27, 2006 25 years had passed since Adam's murder. On the same day, President Bush passed a law that forces sexual predators to register as one no matter what state they are in. If they don't, they are considered fugitives and hunted down and arrested.

    • He usually appears wearing a black leather coat, which has become his visual signature.

    • John Walsh was selected as host of America's Most Wanted after the completion of the program's pilot, and a lengthy search. By that time, John Walsh was already well-known because of the murder of his son and his subsequent actions to help missing and exploited children.

    • In July 2005, John Walsh attempted to assist the family of missing teen Natalee Holloway. John Walsh was critical of the Aruban crime investigation and, along with T.V. personality Dr. Phil, urged Americans to boycott Aruba.

    • Today, John Walsh continues to testify before Congress and state legislatures on crime, missing children and victims' rights issues. His latest efforts include lobbying for a Constitutional amendment for victims' rights.

    • The exact date of his son Adam's disapperance was July 27, 1981. Although Adam's body was never found, his head was found in a sewage pipe over 100 miles away from his home.

    • John Walsh joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in episode 15 entitled "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut."

  • Quotes

    • John Walsh: E.A. Biddle may not look like much, but he packs one hell of a punch.
      (53-year-old Biddle was able to punch a criminal, Scott Hornic so hard in the head he was still dazed when the cops arrived)

    • John: By mid-January we should have all of this online and at that point I will be in a position to tell you we are in good shape.

    • John: On interesting subjects, ideas and unfamiliar artists, with many surprises for visitors.

    • John: As far as tourist season, we plan our projects to minimize impact ... because you're driving 40,000 to 50,000 vehicles a day through our office.

    • John: It's very early in the game and we need to look at the specifics of the bill language.

    • John: It's a very blunt instrument, especially in a highly charged political atmosphere.

    • (On AMW about the Collar Bomber case)
      John: And then when it seemed this case couldnt get any strager it took another twist.

    • (On AMW)
      John: What kind of sick game was the Collar Bomber playing?

    • John: It will change how the country deals with the rapists of our women and the molesters of our children.

    • John: The long-term goal is to give these people the life of their choice. We provide the platform.

    • (On AMW, before a story is aired where a woman saves the baby of a family after their van wrecks into a pond.)
      John: This next story is really a heartwarmer.

    • John: It's a tremendous chance and opportunity. That doesn't mean we're getting everyone out by next weekend.

    • John: I put it in a frame and had it down in our recreation room all these years.

    • (Said at the end of every episode of America's Most Wanted)
      John: Remember, you can make a difference.

    • John: These males go in, brandishing a weapon. Not just a handgun like we've seen commonly, but in this case more like an assault weapon.

    • John: The way I would describe it is brute force. We just threw more people at the process.

    • John: We reach a lot of people through television, but billboards are seen daily and serve as a constant reminder.

    • John: On interesting subjects, ideas and unfamiliar artists, with many surprises for visitors.

    • John: The weather in general plays a role, ... We're reactive to what's happening with the weather because we're always watching the weather.

    • John: As far as tourist season, we plan our projects to minimize impact ... because you're driving 40,000 to 50,000 vehicles a day through our office.

    • John: I'm passionate about the Constitution and the rule of law and the issue of fairness and the issue of acceptance. This is a wonderful community. Why would we want to do something that drives a wedge between us?

    • John: You've seen the drawing, the description of the Arroyo molester and anything whatsoever would be of great assistance.

    • John: Sgt. Travis Arndt was a dedicated young infantry soldier doing a difficult job in a difficult time. We grieve his loss here in Iraq. ... The men of this battalion will not forget his contributions and his sacrifice and we will miss him dearly.

    • John: You know, everybody uses this word [closure] and banters it around. ... I don't have any closure and most parents of murdered children or crime victims don't really have closure because your life is changed forever by that event.

    • John: My son was murdered. I say that I have a deep wound that scabs sometimes, and something will break it open and it'll bleed, but it never heals.

    • John: I didn't want to be on television ... didn't want to hunt men down, but you know what, as my wife always said to me, "Let's make sure Adam didn't die in vain."

    • John: It's not only reckless but it's frightening, if you think about somebody giving your address and somebody entering your home. In this particular case we had two teens, 11 and 15 years old, at home and it frightened those two kids to the point where they went to a back room.

    • John: DNA is the fingerprint of the 21st century.

    • John: The primary mission of the Police Department is to answer citizen calls for service. Every single rank and file, that's their primary job.

    • John: This is the new SWAT team for children.

    • John: You could see all the catastrophe in the city. You could see people floating, swimming, trying to save their lives.

    • John: This was such a massive catastrophe. I don't know that anything could have been done differently. We had a lot of heroic people.

    • John: While we feared for our son's safety, we were also angry at the system that was supposed to protect our son and help us.

    • John: I figured out how to catch fugitives without a gun.

    • John: America is ready for intelligent talk. I am ready to bring some humanity to TV.

    • John: Adam's abduction was our private hell - but it was not an isolated incident. On any given day, any number of children are absent from their homes for diverse and numerous reasons.