December 2009

Adam Walsh and the hope the Gospel brings

By Jim B. Law

Pastor First Baptist Church Gonzales

I am a native Floridian and remember well the horror in 1981 when Adam Walsh, the six-year-old son of John and Reve Walsh, was abducted from a Hollywood, Florida mall, and then subsequently murdered and beheaded.


A year ago this month the story broke in the media that the 27-year-old case was finally closed by the Hollywood Police Department. Adam’s murderer was believed to be a drifter named Ottis Toole who died in prison in 1996. The police announced that if Toole were still alive he would be arrested for the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh.