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Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America - Les Standiford, Joe Matthews
Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America
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There are two periods of history that pertain to missing and endangered children in the United States: before Adam Walsh and after Adam Walsh. In the aftermath of that six-year old's abduction and slaying in 1981, everything about the nation's regard and response to missing children changed. The... show more
There are two periods of history that pertain to missing and endangered children in the United States: before Adam Walsh and after Adam Walsh. In the aftermath of that six-year old's abduction and slaying in 1981, everything about the nation's regard and response to missing children changed. The shock of the crime and the inability of law enforcement to find Adam's killer put an end to innocence and altered our very perception of childhood itself-gone forever are the days when young children burst out the doors of American homes with a casual promise to be home by dark. And, due in large part to the efforts of Adam's parents, John and Reve Walsh, the entire mechanism of law enforcement has transformed itself in an effort to protect our children. Before Adam went missing, there were no children's faces on milk cartons and billboards, no Amber Alerts, no national Center for Missing and Abused Children, no national databases for crimes against children, no registration of pedophiles-in fact, it was easier to mobilize the FBI to search for a stolen car or missing horse than for a kidnapped child. Such facts may be sad testimony to the weariness of a modern world, but there is also an uplifting aspect to Adam's story - the 27 years of undaunted effort by decorated Miami Beach Homicide Detective Joe Matthews to track down Adam's killer and bring justice to bear at long last. "Bringing Adam Home" tells the story-the good, the bad, and the ugly-of what it took for one cop to accomplish what an entire system of law enforcement could not. Matthew's achievement is a stirring one, reminding us that such concepts as hard work, dedication, and love survive, and that goodness can prevail.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061983900 (006198390X)
ASIN: 006198390X
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 291
Edition language: English
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Cathy67
Cathy67 rated it
Attended a writer's conference because I like and read Les Standiford and James W. Hall (they were speakers) and this was the only book for sale that Standiford had which I hadn't read. Although I (along with the rest of America) followed the Adam Walsh story and John Walsh's later success on telev...
Ashley (yAdult Review)
Ashley (yAdult Review) rated it
4.0 Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America
This book makes me rage for the parents and in shock that the police could do this.
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it
5.0 Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America
It's almost hard to believe that 30 years have passed since Adam Walsh was abducted from a south Florida Sears store. Thanks to the efforts of his parents, John and Reve Walsh, modern law enforcement now has a number of tools that were not available at the time: VICAP, the National Center for Miss...
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