Sunday, August 16, 2009
Do you remember 6 year old Adam Walsh's disappearance? The son of John Walsh who hosts America's Most wanted? This case was closed finally after many years with the investigators announcing that his killer was Otis Toole,a serial killer who confessed to the crime.If that sounds clear cut and simple,you are so so wrong.
This book Jeffrey Dahmer's Dirty Secret written by Arthur Jay Harris is a book on this writer's 13 year investigation into this crime.He was long convinced that Jeffrey Dahmer had committed this crime but chose not to publish until he had the other side of the story which would be the proof that the investigators had that this crime had indeed been committed by Otis Toole.Despite many attempts by reporters and others to have the police files released and made open to the public,this was only done recently after the police officially closed the case and announced Otis Toole the murderer of little Adam Walsh.
Arthur Jay Harris was convinced that in these same files would be information that the police investigators had missed which would point the finger at Jeffrey Dahmer instead.And it does but I will get into that further.First I want to mention this amazing thing which got this writer to start investigating Jeffrey Dahmer instead.Jeffrey Dahmer had murdered a boy who turned out to be the brother of another boy he had assaulted some years before which had ended up with him being sent to jail for that assault.When interrogated about whether he had known the two were brothers with the second attack his answer was "I just saw him,I didnt know him from Adam".A common term to use...
Back to the book,Arthur Jay Harris did finally find details in those same police files which further confirmed that Jeffrey Dahmer actually killed Adam Walsh.This is my own conclusion.This writer gives you all the facts about Otis Toole and on the other side proof against Jeffrey Dahmer.You have to reach your own conclusions but to me it was as clear as day.
The witnesses who came forward who had seen Dahmer,proof that he had been working in the area,the blue van sighted at the scene which he had access to,the fact that when Dahmer was caught for the other crimes his attorney had stated that he refused to be interrogated on crimes from states which had the death penalty (As Adam Walsh's home state).This book is absolutely full of interesting information most derived from this writer's own investigation.He followed up on so many leads,some not successful but quite a few which produced amazing results.This is a brilliant book on investigation and the amazing thing is it is written by the writer as it happens so the reader feels as if they are on that same journey.Because of this reading experience the writing does jump around a bit but it's really worth it because of how all the information eventually unravels into the amazing conclusion that Jeffrey Dahmer did kill Adam Walsh.
I haven't nearly covered all the details in case I spoil the book but I will add this for you to keep in mind in case you do decide to read the book.Most investigators have announced that Adam Walsh did not fit the profile of the victims of Jeffrey Dahmer as he was too young.Bear in mind that this would have been one of Dahmer's first crimes.The age difference between himself and Adam Walsh was smaller than in quite a few of his later crimes.And the fact that Otis Toole recanted then admitted guilt then recanted again and went on this way.Yes,no,yes,no..
I am left with one disturbing thought.Why the high resistance to seeing the facts and announcing that Jeffrey Dahmer could have killed Adam Walsh?Dahmer is dead,killed very soon after entering jail.Why the cover up?What is going on?
I would recommend reading this book with one bit of advice.There is so much information that you need to just go with the flow.Take it all in.Do not try and reach any conclusions till the end.See how you feel then and weigh it all up.It is a wonderfully researched book on investigation and an insight into what writers go through when they research and find out about certain information which has not yet been reported by the media.
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Here are some more book details:
Jeffrey Dahmer's Dirty Secret: The Unsolved Murder of Adam Walsh
Paperback: 354 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 15, 2009)