The John Walsh interview Message Board: Zodiac Media: The John Walsh interview

By Classic (Classic) ( - on Thursday, October 10, 2002 - 07:09 pm:

In the link that Tom provided, John Walsh said that he recieved letters from z and it sounded like he and the f.b.i. thought they were authentic. That seems highly unlikely to me. Tom, anyone, what's the skinny on this? Thanks, Classic

By Tom Voigt (Tom_Voigt) ( - on Thursday, October 10, 2002 - 07:17 pm:

I believe it's a load of b.s...

By Tony (Mahalo) ( - on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 04:13 am:

I've always felt John Walsh to be media hungry egomaniac. It's hard for me to respect someone who exploited the murder of his child to become a Television Star. His attitude just bothers me. Anyone else?

By Kevin (Kevinrm) ( - on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 09:00 am:

I disagree. This guy and his TV show have pulled some 700+ criminals off of the streets. Do you really think he is exploitining his murdered child? I do not. He turned his personal tagedy into something positive, and we have all benefited from it. I'm sure if he had the choice, he would take his kid over basking in the lime-light in a New York minute. Personally, his attitude doesn't bother me in the least.

By Scott Bullock (Scott_Bullock) ( - on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 11:19 am:

Kevin, I basically agree with your last post to the letter except for the part where you wrote, "Personally, his attitude doesn't bother me in the least."

In a way, his attitude bothers me tremendously. He's for disarming the citizens of the US while at the same time carrying a concealed .357. He's all for gun rights as long as they applied to him and not the majority.

By Zander Kite (Zk) ( - on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 01:30 pm:

The problem I see with people who lose their children to serial murder, is that they have a tendency to over-promote a police state as a result. My own opinion is that anyone who is overly-gungho about police or otherwise government shakedowns, is making the streets more dangerous, especially with the current patriot and militia movements. Walsh should be more responsible in his role. For example, if he says something like "This guy is worthless punk scum." The way I see it, that's reckless. Just like(the police) announcing that the schools are safe in Maryland, it should never have been said. In fact, I wonder if all the times the police or various commentators called the guy(the sniper) a weak, spineless coward,(it) helped to keep him active. Walsh isn't exactly an expert on serial murder as evidenced by his Zodiac comments. He named Otis Toole as the number one suspect in his sons murder. I would name Jeffrey Dahmer as the number one suspect since he was only in that Florida area briefly at the same time as Adams aduction, and was known to frequent the Hollywood Fla. mall crime scene.

By Kevin (Kevinrm) ( - on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 04:26 pm:

I've never heard that he is for disarming citizens. If that is the case, then, of course, I would completely disagree with this (especially since I carry at all times when I drive - completely legal here in Arizona). Not doubting you here,just curious, when did he say this? Is this in print? Would like to read it.

It's also true, he does tend to go "overboard" a bit when he calls people names. That being said, he's usually right on the money about the people who he is calling a "scumbag", heh. I guess I would say, "overall", I think what he does is good. No one is perfect though. I can't tell you how many criminals have been caught right here in Arizona alone from that TV show.

By Alan Cabal (Alan_Cabal) ( - on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 10:17 pm:

Tom would surely edit any contribution I might have to make on this thread. Suffice it to say that John Walsh is of the Wayne Gale persuasion, and richly deserves exactly what Gale got at the end of NATURAL BORN KILLERS, my second favorite movie after BABE.

By Mike (Oklahoma_Mike) ( on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 10:03 pm:

Let's remember that Mr. Walsh, for all the good work I believe he does, is essentially in the ENTERTAINMENT business. I believe his desire for justice is genuine but since melodramatic hype sells he calls criminals 'scumbags' and 'creeps' for the same reason Rush Limbaugh calls non-conservative politicians 'leftistliberaldittoheads'. It is an entertainment tag line aimed at ratings.

By Alan Cabal (Alan_Cabal) ( - on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 11:24 pm:

As they say here in California, "Whatever: it's all good."

By Mark_C (Mark_C) ( - on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 - 07:27 am:

I don't have any negative views on Walsh necessarily, but I'm sure he enjoys the spotlight! (he he!) I wonder where these supposed Zodiac letters are and if they were examined by anyone who had any experience with the original cards and letters. And these were signed in blood? I just can't believe that Zodiac would be that sloppy-unless it was someone elses! I noticed that Walsh wasn't very specific as to when these letters were received, when "AMW got really popular" doesn't really give me any idea what year it was. (Not a regular viewer of the show by any means...) -Mark C

By TheBlackJet (Theblackjet) ( - on Thursday, October 24, 2002 - 06:17 pm:

I would like to know what made the FBI think that the letters were legit? Did the letters or envelopes contain any Z hallmarks, like excessive postage or simliar handwriting? The thing is unless Z,(if he's still alive), includes a peice of Stine's shirt not many will believe its really him. and that's a shame. He may still be writing today, providing evidence that may help LE identify him, but if its overlooked its of no use to anyone.

By Peter H (Peter_H) ( - on Friday, October 25, 2002 - 04:26 am:

I would like to know how long it will take Walsh to claim credit for the capture of JAM and his boyfriend.

By Nick (Nick) ( on Friday, October 25, 2002 - 11:35 am:

Obvioulsy that trucker isn't a regular viewer of AMW. Otherwise he would have dialed 1-800-CRIME-TV. In addition to collecting the nice chunk of reward change, he'd get to pal around with JW for a few days.

By Wendi (Wendi) ( - on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 07:02 pm:

Okay, I think Mr. Walsh is a little big headed, and I have several comments on that. Since this thread is not a gossip column, I'll refrain from bashing him.I kinda like him, not his comments necessarily though.
Concerning his firearm, Many public figures (especially those involved with crime control in any form) carry firearms. If they don't have a gun on them, their bodyguards most certainly do.Reality doesn't always allow for utopian views to carry into our daily lives.I personally only use guns for target practice, its relaxing.I had to get rid of my guns when my friends got drunk and found my old would Dahmer have been in 1981?
As far as Zodiac letters recieved by Walsh, unless they had compelling evidence contained on them that requires discretion, I think we would have heard more about them. The FBI is sometimes slow and evasive on reponses, but when something is completely fake they usually chime in quickly with the facts.

By Howard Davis (Howard) ( - on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 02:45 pm:

Concerning Walsh,I am reminded of when Lincoln heard complaints about Gen.Grants drinking,he retorted what brand is it?
When someone told me Jack LaLane,holder of several world endurance records that have never been broken, drank(I knew his VP so this wasn't news-the last time I spoke to JL that was all behind him)I said whats the brand?
In spite of any faults John Walsh has done a great work for victims and their families -not to mention how much his work and show have greatly assisted law enforcement and this hasn't been without great sacrifice.What kind of whiskey did someone say he drank?

By Alan Cabal (Alan_Cabal) ( - on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 07:55 pm:

Television is the Hearth of Hell.

By Howard Davis (Howard) ( - on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 11:15 pm:

Except when its used to put hell in prison!

By Wendi (Wendi) ( - on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 12:24 am:

I heartily agree, and since any info I have on Walsh thats bad is from personal feelings, and gathered from his now cancelled divorce papers, I consider it gossip. I like him, hell, I'd buy him a drink, and regardless...he has done alot for victims rights.