Friday, December 19, 2008

Local Insight on Adam Walsh's Killer

Posted: 12:44 AM Dec 18, 2008
Last Updated: 4:13 PM Dec 18, 2008
Reporter: Liza Park
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Former Leon County detective is speaking out following Tuesday's announcement that Adam Walsh was murdered by a serial killer.
Police in Hollywood, Florida, say serial killer Ottis Toole is the person who decapitated the 6-year-old son of "America's Most Wanted'' host John Walsh in 1981.
Former Leon County Detective Johnny Miller suspected Toole had killed 19-year-old Ada Johnson in Tallahassee in 1983.

Miller says he spent days interviewing Toole and he confessed to killing both Johnson and Walsh.

Miller says Toole would often tell law enforcement whatever he thought they wanted to hear. Miller says Toole liked to toy with law enforcement officers and would confess to many crimes making it somewhat difficult to determine when he was being truthful. Miller says Toole loved being in the limelight and liked to have media attention.

Miller points out that he had hard evidence and Toole's confession in the Johnson murder... and that's what they need in the Walsh case too. Miller says in Johnson's case, they found animal hair and fabric fibers that linked Toole to the crime scene. He also says Toole's confession included specific details that only someone with knowledge of how Johnson was killed and what happened at the crime scene could know. Toole plead to Ada Johnson's murder. Miller says he should have received the death penalty but died in a Florida Prison in 1996 from cirhosis of the liver, a complication of having AIDS.

Miller says he questions why the Hollywood Police have now determined that Toole was Walsh's killer. He questioned the motives of the Hollywood Police because it doesn't appear that any new evidence has surfaced recently. Miller says Toole could have very well killed Walsh but police should have the evidence to make the charge.

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