Did Jeffrey Dahmer Murder Adam Walsh?

By on October 6, 2015

In his new book Frustrated Witness, author Willis Morgan details evidence which he believes is proof that Wisconsin serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murdered Adam Walsh.
Did Jeffrey Dahmer murder Adam Walsh in 1981?

Adam Walsh, the 6-year-old son of America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh, was abducted from the toy aisle of a Sears in Hollywood, Florida on July 27, 1981. His severed head was found weeks later.

Convicted serial killer Ottis Toole, who was known for confessing to murders he did not commit, confessed to the murder of Adam Walsh in 1983. Due to a botched investigation, Toole died in prison before police closed the case and named him the killer.

But in July of 1981 Wisconsin cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was living in nearby Miami Beach.

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Willis Morgan, former press-room supervisor of the Miami Herald, was also at Sears that day, and witnessed a young blonde man disappear into the toy aisle. When news of Walsh’s abduction hit the news, Morgan knew exactly who was responsible. He went to police with his description of the man, but they didn’t take him seriously.

When Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee in 1991, Morgan immediately recognized him from that day. It turns out several other Florida parents also found familiarity in the mugshot…as that man had attempted to nab their children, as well.

Ever since, Morgan has been digging through court records and interviewing witnesses to prove the truth that he believes police have ignored. He details these findings in his new book Frustrated Wittness: The True Story of the ADAM WALSH Case and Police Misconduct.

From the description:

When six-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted from the Hollywood Mall on July 27, 1981, and his severed head found at the Florida Turnpike, no one could have guessed that it would take police almost thirty years to find the culprit or that even then they had still got it all so wrong. Willis Morgan was an eye witness at the mall the day Adam was taken, but rather than feel relief when the Hollywood Police Department finally convicted serial killer Ottis Toole in 2008, he felt sick and frustrated. Frustrated that a young child was snatched from right in front of him. Frustrated that evidence, leads and witness testimony were lost. Frustrated that eyewitness testimony of Jeffrey Dahmer being at the Hollywood Mall the same day was disregarded. Frustrated because there was a compelling wall of evidence that it was Jeffrey Dahmer, the Milwaukee Cannibal, who killed Adam, and not Toole. And most of all frustrated because no justice has yet been served for Adam Walsh. In his book “Frustrated Witness”, Morgan details his unnerving encounter with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the mall, the other eyewitness accounts of that fateful day and major flaws in the police investigation. “This is the account of Adam Walsh’s abduction and my attempts stretching across decades to find justice for him,” Morgan writes. “As much as this book is a case for Jeffrey Dahmer being Adam’s murderer, it is equally a study of how the Hollywood Police Department (HPD) conducted the homicide investigation.” Morgan has left no stone unturned in his quest for the truth and “Frustrated Witness” includes an incredible array of evidence he gathered, piece by painstaking piece, to prove Dahmer committed the murder of Adam Walsh. This includes crime scenes he uncovered, police investigative reports he researched, an analysis of suspect composites and even the sordid details of Dahmer’s murky past before he came to be known as America’s most notorious serial killer who dismembered, ate or kept parts of his victims. “Frustrated Witness” not only implicates Dahmer but presents the facts to the court of public opinion, in the hope that it ultimately brings about justice for Adam Walsh.

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  1. Twilight Justice

    June 8, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I have been looking for James Campbell. I knew him from the Sunny Isles area in 1979-1980. I heard he was dead. I left Florida in 1980 and returned in 2003. When, where and how did he die? People thought he was dressing as a woman after 2003 and hanging around RASCALS. I did see that person, but did not connect the two. What did he do in the 1980’s and 1990’s? I am retired now and not on the internet very much. THANKS IF YOU CAN ANSWER.

    • Willis Morgan

      June 10, 2016 at 9:07 am

      James Edward Campbell died on February 28, 2003 at the of 48.

  2. Njorthsson Frey

    April 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    This doesn’t match Dahmer’s MO at all. Too young, too white. And to part with a trophy? That’s a bit of a stretch. Though I can’t tell you what you did and didn’t see. And maybe Dahmer was still honing in on his needs, it just doesn’t fit to me.

    • Willis Morgan

      April 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Njorthsson Frey, weather you think this matches Dahmer’s MO or not, he was in the toy department at Sears the day Adam was abducted. I am not only the author of Frustrated Witness, I am also one of the witnesses that were at the Hollywood Mall on the day Adam was abducted.

      • Maura Begley

        June 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm

        Well done on yr work. U have courage. I hope the truth comes out.

    • Darren

      April 22, 2016 at 9:25 am

      MO or not MO is a generalized opinionated statement. There are many documented facts that discredit both Morgan and his book. Read the case file:

      – Sears employees eyewitness accounts provide a timeline consistent to when Reve & Adam arrived/at Store

      – Sears security guard (Kathy Shaffer) mentioned in interview with Phil Mundy that she learned of a missing child 30 min after she broke up altercation at video game station, therefore she had to be the person that sent Adam out of store.

      – Willis Morgan was interviewed by case detective Jack Hoffman in 1991, yet he didn’t mention his purpose for being at the mall. During interviews today, Morgan says he was at the mall to grab lunch. Morgan described Dahmer, back in 1991, as having a yellowish button down shirt w/faded jeans, yet this description doesn’t match Bill Bowen or anyone else’s description of suspect. Morgan was not sure if suspect had a mustache, and there was no description of Dahmer wearing glasses.

      – If anyone believes Morgan’s theory of Dahmer, then you must place him in the blue van. Morgan never mentions glasses on Dahmer to Det Jack Hoffman in 1991 interview. Dahmer’s step mother made a unique comment during his trial, whereas she mentions the reason Jeff is not wearing glasses during his trial is that he doesn’t want to see the jury. This comment made by Sheri would conclude Dahmer to be near sighted, thus you would need glasses to drive a vehicle.

  3. Linda Collard

    April 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Very interesting, I would like to get your book. I can’t help but wonder what John Walsh thinks of your findings.

    • Willis Morgan

      April 4, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Joe Matthews’s conclusion that Ottis Toole murdered Adam helped police and prosecutors to close their investigation. The now-retired Matthews first met John Walsh when the HPD hired his company, the Southern Institute of Polygraph, to polygraph John Walsh and James Campbell in 1981. At that time, he was also a homicide detective for the Miami Beach Police Department. The Walsh family said he worked the case until its December 16, 2008, closing.

      The Hollywood police closed the Walsh case on the basis of the four-hundred-page report Matthews compiled. Once the case was closed, Matthews gave a copy of his manuscript to a coauthor to have it formatted into a book. His manuscript was his own interpretation of police documents. These are the same police documents that can be downloaded for free at JusticeForAdam.com. Now everyone can come to his or her own conclusions.
      Matthews had befriended John Walsh and was hired onto John’s show America’s Most Wanted for twelve years as an on-screen senior criminal investigator. In 2006, at the Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, John arranged to meet with Matthews, who had previously investigated Adam’s murder. Reve wanted Matthews to reinvestigate the case and have it closed in a conclusive way. She told John, “I don’t care if you go to work just to pay the bill of this private investigator.”
      Matthews had befriended John Walsh and was hired onto John’s show America’s Most Wanted for twelve years as an on-screen senior criminal investigator. In 2006, at the Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, John arranged to meet with Matthews, who had previously investigated Adam’s murder. Reve wanted Matthews to reinvestigate the case and have it closed in a conclusive way. She told John, “I don’t care if you go to work just to pay the bill of this private investigator.”

      Whether Egotistical or Eager to Placate the Walshes …
      Matthews had a chance to set the record straight. Instead, for egotistical reasons or in his eagerness to placate the Walshes, he authored his own narrative of events and took it upon himself to become the chief propagandist for the Ottis Toole theory as he contrived evidence and twisted facts in what may have been a diabolically clever scheme he hatched up that would please the Walshes. Then he used useful idiots at the HPD to get the case closed. Reve herself said she didn’t want to go to her grave not knowing, yet Matthews seems to be okay with the proliferation of a false narrative. He also perpetrated a hoax, most likely in order to make himself into a superhero and make some money in the process.
      Although the Walshes believed it was Ottis Toole, it was undoubtedly Matthews who helped solidify that belief. Matthews made up his misguided fictional report and presented it to the new, inexperienced, as well as incompetent chief as the truth at a time when this police department was the perfect soil for him to grow his Ottis Toole theories. When Wagner actually accepted and agreed with his report (especially since it didn’t point to Jeffrey Dahmer), Detective Sergeant Joe Matthews’s ego had to have been lifted to the heights of delusional euphoria and then he thrived in the limelight when news publications like USA Today called Adam’s closing “Redemptive for the Walshes.” And as for John Walsh, he had one of these quintessential bumbling, stumbling, lying detectives right in his midst all along feeding him misinformation about his own son’s abduction and murder for years.

  4. Willis Morgan

    October 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    My name is Willis Morgan; I am not only the author of FRUSTRATED WITNESS! I am also one of the witnesses that were at the Hollywood Mall the day Adam was abducted.

    I would like to thank you for posting this article and helping to get justice for Adam Walsh.

    • d keane

      October 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      I can only imagine what an ordeal this has been for you since that fateful day in the Hollywood Mall. I myself strongly doubted that Ottis Toole abducted the child. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of Adam and his family, and I hope your book brings the truth to light.

    • Nancy

      April 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      I’m so intrigued by this and your findings makes much more sense then anything else. I’ve always been interested in the Adam Walsh case and the horror of who did it…

      • Willis Morgan

        April 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

        Detective Joe Matthews was one of the original detectives on the Adam Walsh case. You can also read about my lawsuit I filed against him by doing a GOOGLE search with the key words: Hollywood Police Department, Willis Morgan, Lawsuit

        Also read the next comment.

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