In the August/September issue of AARP The Magazine, victim-turned-crimefighter John Walsh reflects on capturing the bad guys and keeping America safe.
Check out highlights from the interview below.
On Losing a Child
It’s in our DNA not to bury our children — no matter their age. The scar cracks open at birthdays or Christmas or when you look at pictures. You try to fight back, to work, but you feel like you’ve been hit by a train — and then you function.
On Online Dangers
Talk to your kids about the Internet. We’ve got an unsolved murder of an 11-year-old boy who got on Facebook and let a creep in his house who raped and murdered him. When Rupert Murdoch owned Myspace, he bought software and got 90,000 convicted sex offenders off the site, but they’re still on other sites.
On His Marriage to Wife, Revé
After Adam’s murder, when I was suicidal, Revé answered all these letters from people. “My child’s a runaway.” “I was molested by my stepfather.” She was the one who started the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). She raised our children while I’ve been out trying to catch the Ottis Tooles. When I come home, she’s that rock.
Go here for more of the John Walsh interview at AARP.