BringingAdam Home:  The Abduction That Changed America
Written by LesStandiford with the assistance of Detective Joe Matthews, BringingAdam Home offers an outright description of a perturbing crimeand its aftereffects as well as a substandard police investigation.In the book, Standiford & Matthews describe the story of a 6-yearold Adam Walsh, his abduction, rape and subsequent murder and abungled police investigation that failed to apprehend the killer for27 years. On the other hand, Standiford & Matthews (2011) revealthe consequentialism that involved the abduction i.e. the endeavorsof John and Reve Walsh (Adam’s parents) revolutionized the way inwhich authorities reconnoiter circumstances involving murdered andmissing children. Although the book is not seamless as the letteringis as parched as the reports of the egomaniacal police that theauthors quote from and the authors repeat some material ostensibly adnauseam, it has a dedicated tone that demonstrates the shortcomingsof the criminal justice system. In this regards, the discourse willoffer an analysis of the book through a critique framework byengaging readers on the contribution of the book to the facets ofcriminal justice system. In addition, the discourse will follow theanalysis with short précises of the contexts surrounding the book tohelp advance issues through a belvedere of mainstream principles.
“BringingAdam Home:  The Abduction That Changed America”
In his shameful contrition, Ottis Toole, a serial killer, incendiary,pedophile, corssdresser, anthropophagus, and the killer who killedAdam Walsh asserts, "I murdered a great deal of people…nonetheless of all I committed, I wished I had not murdered thatdiminutive kid." Ottis Toole had wanting astuteness and moralitythat this assertion stands out as one of the rare compensatorycontemplations in his obnoxious, vicious life. Hitherto, theassertion was not enough for the criminal justice to prosecute him.It appeared nothing was sufficient to indict Toole for the ferociousabduction and killing of Adam Walsh. Most Americans know the legacybehind Toole through the child advocacy work, watching the America’sMost Wanted, or the carton campaigns of missing kids, yetStandiford & Matthews gruesome narration of the heart-wrenchingscenes behind Adam’s abduction and subsequent assassinationprovides the vivid description of Toole.
Despite condemning evidence tying Toole to the murder of Adam, thepolice let him scot free, and with his freedom, the cries of so manyparents who had lost kids under such circumstances. As such,Standiford & Matthews (2011) show that some criminal departmentsdo not focus critically on performing investigations or prosecutionsobjectively, but they tend to cover their tracks while some commit toslapdash work. In fact, individualities, dispositions, andterritorial differences have contributed to long delays in bringingthe perpetrators of some of the most heinous crimes to justice thus,the determination of the appropriate procedure that police shouldfollow. On the other hand, the book asserts that the account ofAdam’s abduction and murder helped bring some sanity, proceduralattribute, and seriousness to the criminal justice system i.e. beforeAdam Walsh’s story the system did not have a federal databank forcrimes against kids, National Center for Missing and ExploitedChildren, amber alerts, or pedophile registry. In addition, Johnand Reve Walsh, developers of America’s Most Wanted, becameactivists for the revolution of law enforcement`s reaction to andmanagement of such cases while the Congress approved the MissingChildren Act in 1982.
Eons ago,parents would allow the kids to wander across parking lots andshopping malls, in fact, some though little of their childrensecurity during such meanders. However, the story of Adam Walsh,especially his death in 1981 sent chills to parents, and severalcampaigns commenced regarding the security of children. Standiford &Matthews (2011) reveal, in their book how killing became a catalystfor transformations in the manner police track missing children, aswell as the inspiration created to help police solve numerousunsolved crimes. In 2006, the Walshes approached Matthews, andrequested him to try to disentangle their son’s killing, whereinMatthews began quarrying through archives and re-questioningwitnesses. Standiford & Matthews (2011) divulge that Matthewsbecame shocked after a few weeks upon learning the slovenly probingwork of the Hollywood Police Department (the department that handledthe case initially). The book discloses that as timely as October1983, detectives had established a solid suspect, Ottis Toole, adistressed wanderer, pedophile, and anthropophagus who had slewbefore. In addition, Matthews learnt that Toole had confessed to themurder, yet the police saw this as a wanting hook, especially afterToole recanted his admission. Just when the case seemed to getstrong, (take cognizant that the police had named Toole their primesuspect), the police failed to follow up leads, document reports intocase files, and trashed the most applicable evidence they had.
Intrinsically, Standiford & Matthews (2011) show the fallingAmerican Criminal Justice prior to the campaigns that soon followedthe murder of Adam Walsh. It is against this backdrop that John andReve Walsh’s endeavors helped establish the National Center forMissing Children and the program, America’s Most Wanted,which helped reveal the cries of so many other parents who had theirchildren missing. People often pray fervently for the safety andwellbeing of their children, yet things may happen beyond theircontrol, which may rob them off their children. Although it is toughto accept a child’s death especially from murder, the Walshesaccepted that notion as signified by their actions to help otherparents under similar instances. In fact, Standiford & Matthews(2011) assert
Her son spotted a video display and begged her to let him play andafter some hesitation she agreed, but moments later he son haddisappeared. She scrapped the swell of fright that every mothersenses when she discovers her kid lost from sight she would notpanic imprudently, she would redo her steps, and she would find herson. She did not find her son, because after 16 days the police foundchopped head of Adam in a drainage. Yet, the Walshes found thecourage and the opportunity to create NCMEC.
This reveals a remarkable attribute as well as what people can do tocontribute to the pursuit of justice. Although a justice system mayfail, people should endeavor to provide careful and profound channelsof hope for other people in such a situation. In this regards,Standiford & Matthews (2011) assert that the verity of losing achild through a pervasive manner may prove too much for parents, butthe Walshes did all they could in their power to pursue justice andfind other missing children, even though their child remained foreverdead. In fact, Smolin (2006) asserts that most communities especiallythe Christian community regard children as a blessing from God thus,people should treat them honorably as well as provide security forthem. No wonder, Toole felt reprehensible in his submissionsregarding the murder of Adam. It is against this backdrop that theWalshes committed their lives as defined in the book to help otherparents and start a program to help trace missing children.Standiford & Matthews (2011) contend that the Walshes felt theyowed much to the world after the murder of their child, as Christiansperceive a general tenor of children as a blessing from God.
In this regards,Standiford & Matthews (2011) reveal how detectives bungle leadsthus, fail to bring forward a convincing case. Authorities shouldtake kidnapping or murder cases seriously and should not try tocircumvent or cultivate evidence in an uncouth manner. Yet, Harris(2014) asserts that the Hollywood Police tried to force Walsh live-innanny to plead guilty as well as trying to frame suspects rather thaninvestigate the matter seriously. Losing a child, especially throughgruesome means is bizarre and let parents suffer since parentssuppose their children to survive them, nonetheless, the HollywoodPolice failed to follow leads appropriately, discarded evidenceeasily, and tried to cook facts or frame other people. In fact,Standiford & Matthews (2011) divulge the presumptuous nature ofthe police into arriving at inconclusive verdicts and failing to liveup to their honorable tasks. As such, police should act to the commongood of man and try as much as possible to solve such cases,especially when they have a suspect who willingly confess to themurder. The pursuit to justice is often muddled with bad blood andapprehension for those who seek it thus, police should actobligingly and honorably to solving abduction or murder cases, yet,the police in this case failed to follow the most prominent lead,they ought to have followed.
On the other hand, the book provides much commitment to theunrelenting nature that people should adopt in pursuing justice.Harris (2014) and Moscowitz & Duvall (2011) assert that acriminal justice structure develops remarkably or worsens dependingon the endeavors that people cultivate to pursue justice and preventheinous crimes. No matter the situations that seek to cloud justice,some people will always rise up and develop programs that call onpeople to act. Standiford & Matthews (2011) assert that no matterthe situations that seemed to work against their endeavors, theWalshes toiled hard to seek justice and transform law enforcementdepartment that appeared beyond tolerance. Standiford & Matthews(2011) to show the relentless nature of the Walshes to change thejustice system asserts
At a Capitol Hill forum, a correspondent arose to ask a concludingquery of John Walsh, principal advocate for Child Protection andSafety Act and producer of the program "America’s MostWanted." In addition, despite the 1981 abduction and killing ofhis son, John and his wife, Revé, had devoted much of theirlifespans’ dynamisms to nurturing consciousness of the problem andthe quandary of missing children. Their work had paid off much to thechagrin of criminals with the establishment of the NEMEC and thenational AMBER Alert program. “Mr. Walsh,” the correspondentcommenced. “You have completed much good work and brought atrociousoffenders, but I am conjecturing if it ever worries you that you notmanaged to find out who murdered your own son?” It was a queryasked out of obliviousness, but ensuing the episode, he and Revécalled Joe Matthews to investigate the murder afresh.
Into the bargain, the authors narrate the accountof the story without providing circuitous facts for the sake oftalent or self-consciously prose thus, they offer a precise accountof the transformations that occurred in the American Justice Systemthrough the endeavors of the Walshes i.e. through the struggle forjustice. The pervasive, gory, and heartbreakingly murder of a childtransforms a system as devoid of veracity or honoras recounted in the book. After the abduction and murder of Adam,the book takes the readers into a bogus police investigation thatdefied the principles of the justice system as well as expound on thefailures of the police that let a case remain unsolved for so long.The book highlights a critical level of meagreness and injudiciousdecisions that often let criminals go scot-free, only to killinnocent lives again. In fact, Standiford & Matthews (2011)maintain that the Hollywood police department lacked the where withalto undertake such a multifaceted and debased case. In this regards,the book allows the readers to delve into some of the mistakes andsimple rules of every detective that most police officers fail toconsider, which complicates most murder cases. Harris (2014) assertsthat no murder should go unsolved as doing so lets a killer advancehis/her debased principles to others who will sooner embarrass thelaw enforcers.
In addition, failing to follow the correct lead,ignoring evidence, falsifying reports or communication, and failingto collect physical evidence complicates any evidence in a murdercase thus, the book shows that failure by the police to conduct ahonourable investigation from the onset and discarding information assoon as they discovered it, helped the failure to prosecute anysuspect. Moscowitz & Duvall (2011) assert that justicesystems require construction and leadership that pushes and inspirepeople to commit to work in an honorable manner and usually onpursuit of justice rather than money or fame. Conversely, Standiford& Matthews (2011) contend that framing people or falsifyingevidence in any case demonstrates the narcissism and debasingcharacters that some police develops to gain fame or protect theirauthorities rather than seek justice for victims torn betweendeficiency of material and reach of reasonableness.
Irrefutably, the book provides some whodunit components and emphaseson two indifferent characters: the lead detective and Ottis Toole. Inaddition, describing the story offers an emotional facet wherereaders become engrossed and cognizant of the numerous mistakes thatthe police committed. However, the narration of the story as shown inthe book helps to obtain convictions and confessions as well as offerhope to Americans. Standiford & Matthews (2011) offer a contexton the horrifying nature of the story thus, readers understand thescope and magnitude of a murder case and the way it is difficult forpolice officers to fail bring any suspect to justice especially whenthe suspects do not have alibi or when they have confessed to suchmurders. As such, the book provides contexts of the criminal justicesystem and cultivates ethical deliberations, American laws, andpeople’s liberties through the narration of some of the prevalentissues that shaped Adam Walsh’s case.
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