Inside Jeffrey Dahmer’s chilling “connection” to the murder of John Walsh’s son, America’s most wanted host

MORE THAN 40 years after the murder of America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh’s son, an FBI agent has uncovered a chilling connection to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Retired FBI agent Neil Purtell claimed police screwed up investigations into Adam Walsh, who was 6 years old when he was kidnapped and murdered.

A former FBI agent linked serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (pictured) to Adam Walsh's murder


A former FBI agent linked serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (pictured) to Adam Walsh’s murderPhoto credit: Getty
Adam Walsh, 6, (pictured) was kidnapped and murdered in 1981


Adam Walsh, 6, (pictured) was kidnapped and murdered in 1981Credit: Justice for Adam
John Walsh, Adam's father, hosted America's Most Wanted after the death of his son


John Walsh, Adam’s father, hosted America’s Most Wanted after the death of his sonPhoto credit: Getty

In an interview with Radar Online, Purtell said local cops were too focused on another perpetrator, Ottis Toole, a convicted serial killer who lived near the mall where Adam disappeared.

“Police departments are like the military when they have a mindset,” Purtell said.

However, there was evidence that pointed Dahmer to Adam’s case.

This interview comes just over a week after the release of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix, which tells the hideous tale of the serial killer’s life.

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Adam was kidnapped in July 1981 at a Sears department store on the Hollywood Mall in Florida.

Witnesses said they saw a man matching Dahmer’s description stalking Adam at the mall before he was kidnapped.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dahmer lived near Miami Beach after his military service.

However, that wasn’t the only mysterious connection to Dahmer.

The way Adam died was also in Dahmer fashion – his head was severed.

A little over two weeks after Adam’s kidnapping, his head was found floating in a nearby canal.

In July 1991, the police finally learned of the serial killer’s crimes.

Purtell was one of the first investigators on the scene when police discovered Dahmer’s apartment full of human heads and other human remains.

“When I arrived at the gruesome scene with a local detective, we both looked at each other and whispered … ‘Adam,'” he told the outlet.

A classified FBI file obtained by the outlet supported Purtell’s claims.

“The decapitation and disposal of the torso of Adam Walsh is again the type of behavior Dahmer continued to exhibit at his victims in Milwaukee,” the document confirmed.

“Jeffrey Dahmer fits the description of the person who kidnapped that little child very well.”

However, Dahmer publicly denied any involvement in Adam’s murder and the cops eventually dropped him from being a suspect.


Dahmer was sentenced to life imprisonment in February 1992 for torturing, killing and often eating at least 16 young men and boys.

In an interview with ABC12 in 1992, Dahmer said, “I told you everything — how I killed them, how I cooked them, who I ate.

“Why shouldn’t I tell you if I did it to someone else?”

Purtell decided to pay Dahmer a visit to the prison to see if his suspicions were correct.

“He said if he admitted it, he would be killed in prison as a pedophile,” Purtell said.

“My impression was that he admitted that he had done it.”

However, another inmate killed Dahmer in November 1994 by beating him to death.

“Justice has finally been served,” Purtell said.


In 2008, police officers announced that they had concluded that Toole was the one who murdered Adam.

That year, John Walsh said he was convinced Toole did, too.

“Not knowing was torture. That journey is over,” he told Action News Jax.

“Many terrible memories in this police department searching for this little boy. Now I think it’s only fitting that it ends here, in this police department.”

Toole confessed to the murder, but then recanted his testimony and died in prison in 1996.

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While in prison, he confessed to the murder multiple times, but the cops didn’t believe him given his reputation for crediting murders he had nothing to do with.

Police failed to convict Toole due to mistakes made in finding Adam and lost evidence, The Independent reported. Inside Jeffrey Dahmer’s chilling “connection” to the murder of John Walsh’s son, America’s most wanted host


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