Why has the murder case of Adam Walsh
after more than 40 years never gone to trial?
Is it because the police and the medical examiner made
three inexplicable, inexcusable mistakes?
#1: The wrong suspect: They closed the case for convenience on a suspect they’d dismissed 25 years before, and with no new evidence. Meanwhile, they had a better suspect they wouldn’t consider
#2: Missing essential evidence: The M.E. didn’t write or file an autopsy report or keep other basic evidence, contrary to routine practice and state guidelines
#3: The wrong child: Photographic and other evidence shows the dead child they found and quickly identified as Adam is very unlikely him
Who killed Don Aronow, world championship powerboat racer and boatbuilder to royalty, the CIA, George H.W. Bush – and the biggest dope smugglers in Florida?
The cops got part of the solution right –
but did they miss the rest of it?
Electronics chain retailer Paul Luskin’s big-dollar, nasty divorce. A flower delivery sent to kill his wife. Very simple case – right? The husband was behind it.
Except that the evidence that federal prosecutors withheld told a story they must not have been expecting.
Fifteen years – and a lot of Art’s reporting and a lot of public records later, Paul Luskin left prison, vindicated.
So then who sent the flowers?
A suburban ranch home invasion left a wife stabbed to death, and her infant, husband, and elderly father-in-law all shot point-blank in the head. Somehow they all survived.
A family friend had been able to leave before the shooting, and said he didn’t know the gunman. The police were right that he was lying. But everything else in the case they got wrong – and a prosecutor nearly sent a wrong man to the electric chair.
Who would have thought that Kojak would come out of retirement to help save him? That is, the real-life detective behind the television character. Oh, and Art, too.