John Walsh is sharing his thoughts on the extreme levels of violence in the United States, as well as his memories of his son, Adam, who was murdered 40 years ago.
While speaking to PEOPLE Now ahead of the premiere of "In Pursuit" on Investigation Discovery, he said that his son was “was the most wonderful beautiful little boy.”
Adam was killed in 1981 after being kidnapped by a man name Ottis Toole. Walsh describes him as “a serial predator who roamed this country for years and grabbed kids all over this country.”
Walsh went on to talk about the levels of violence we're currently experiencing across the nation.
“Last year set all types of records for homicides in America,” Walsh said. “In Chicago there were 700 homicides plus and only 10 people were arrested. We had 307 mass murders and 29 school shootings. It’s appalling, the level of violence, and I am saying to the public … America cares about the Housewives of whatever county or the Kardashians — they don’t want to talk about the level of violence.”
"In Pursuit" documents two fugitives and two missing kids during each episode. Last year, the show helped catch Luis Octavio Frias, who had been on the run after allegedly murdering his ex-wife.
“Our fans and viewers did it again! The first fugitive on the very first episode of In Pursuit has been captured and will be brought to justice. A victim’s family doesn’t have to look over their shoulders anymore,” Walsh said about the arrest in 2018. “Keep looking out for each other out there, and I promise, we will keep listening.”
Last week, talk of an "America's Most Wanted' re-boot on Fox surfaced after one of the network's executive's, Rob Wade, revealed they are interested in bringing the show back.
"We have seen that sometimes, there is success in bringing back existing IP, it immediately gives you a massive leg-up in the marketing," Wade explained. "That's what is attractive to us. Secondly, crime is something that is hugely consumed — certainly on cable and streaming — but has not been cracked in unscripted on network. Thirdly, I think it is a show that can create urgency and has a kind of a good heart at the end of the day. It is a crime show but it has positivity to it; you can try to find a fugitive and help."