America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988–2012)
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I study Criminal Justice and this show helps me to learn more about "Justice" and how it actually works. "America's Most Wanted" MUST NOT end its airing. Let this show keep on airing, forever! And remember, you can make not just one difference, but you can make many differences.
Could you please help me and my husband ? Our retirement $286,000.00 was stolen from us in a Ponzi scheme from Dan Register and Doug Mears who worked for Leland National Gold in Beverly Hills, Ca. My husband Dr. H. Ronald Vandermey worked as a history teacher at Toll Middle School in Glendale, for 25 years. i've also worked as a Janitor and Home health Care Provider for 6 years. We invested with Wprld Bank around the year 2000, and then the guy working with us then ( a personal friend from church,Del Mar Lee) retired and then handed everything over to Dan Register. Then, World Bank went Belly up. Dan still handled our money while working for Leland National Gold in Beverly Hills. Our money was just GONE the day Osama Bin Laden was caught. Dan has "teased us" about our money. I want to see our money returned and him and Doug Mears both behind bars. Please help us. My husband has had to go back to work after retiring , and is now can only be a substitute teacher. Thank you for taking this. Please call us at my home phone: 1-818-500- 8248, or my husband's cell phone: Ron Vandermey 1-818-257-0327. He and Iwould love to talk to you. Love, Denise Vandermey
With the creation of this top rated Saturday Evening Fox Network stalwart, the dissemination of valuable information on the most serious of crimes is transmitted "from Maine to California", Florida to Alaska and Washington, D.C. to Hawaii. The use of the finest of Television Arts & Sciences goes into the preparation of the program segments which detail the background to some of the most heinous crimes of recent times. Many crimes are re-staged in docudrama fashion, making the incidents vivid and memorable to all who view.
There is an old principle in Police Work, one which is as old as sin itself, that the Quality of Police Work is only as good as the input received from the Citizenry. In other words we need the help and information from those people out there in the Community.
The people at the Fox Network took the idea step further; by building this weekly series around this concept. So, instead of having the problem of Budgetary Constraints. Every Federal, State, County and Municipality has their trouble with the "Suits" and "Bean Counters". Following the Fox Television method, we not only don't need to use any Tax Generated Public Funding, but rather the opposite occurs. A popular show like "AMERICA'S MOST WANTED" actually generates monies via the application of Free Enterprise make it profitable for the Network.
And that is a most desirable situation; and one that has now been responsible for???? Captures of these Wanted Fugitives! AS for the Host, John Walsh; how can we say enough? For those who haven't heard the story, Mr. Walsh's Son was Kidnapped and being held for a Ransom; but the scum went ahead and killed the Walsh Boy in the most despicable way. We cannot imagine the unbelievable grief, horror and shock that must run through him; even to this day.
But John Walsh channeled his energy in an effort to bring as many of the most vicious and deadly killers, stick-up scum, burglars, junkies and other sub-human dirt* to justice. Mr. Walsh has done a great, selfless and magnanimous gesture in his quest that others will be spared the indescribable grief that he and his Whole Family endured.
For "AMERICA'S MOST WANTED" and indeed for all of America, Canada and the rest of the World; we say, "God Bless You, John Walsh and may you go directly to the Lord when the Time comes!" NOTE: * There is a tendency on the part of many of us to refer to these disgusting creeps, "Animals". Well, folks we respectfully beg to differ; for we never have seen such behaviour from 'dumb' animals!.
But still really a great show that despite the sometimes bad acting and writing. Still it has put away a lot of criminals and still doing so. Even though the show is now on Lifetime and not on Fox.
Where it was for the nearly past twenty years. Still trying to put away criminals that need to get off the streets and into a jail cell! And how they do their best to have families that were victimized finally find some closure or won't rest until the last criminal is brought to justice.
It also shows people all the different things to look for when meeting new people, weather it be a new neighbor, friend or co-worker. You just can't be too careful now a days with anyone, even family members or neighbors you thought you could trust.
Please make sure this show is never taken off the air for any reason because you will be doing this Country a disservice.
It's a very daring, suspenseful and intriguing TV show as it shows the intensity, endurance and courage in describing these criminals and narrating the events surrounding their crimes. It gives you the sense to root for justice and to have these crooks nabbed.
Walsh does a great job narrating, providing eloquence, professionalism and authority. It is also heartfelt seeing him as I'm sure viewers resonate with him in his own personal story involving his son Adam.
This is one of the better reality crime shows out there.
The show has helped to capture something like 700 criminals since 1988 and is still showing new cases and helping the FBI and police agencies around the country capture wanted criminals. John Walsh has helped to bring down criminals all in a personal side with the murder of his son and the show is a tribute to him in catching the scum of society. Due society a favor in helping catch criminals by watching this and if not for that reason then just watch it for the entertainment. Who knows? You may help catch a felon.
America's Most Wanted. Hosted by John Walsh
4 out of 5 Stars
It is interesting to note that John Walsh wasn't the only person who was approached about hosting AMW. A number of actors were also considered, including: Treat Williams and Theresa Saldana. True crime author/former detective Joseph Wambaugh was another candidate for the job. However, the studio wanted John Walsh, apparently because he had the credibility they were looking for; the 1981 abduction and murder of his son Adam turned him into an activist, which resulted in the passage of laws that required law enforcement agencies to become more involved in the search for missing persons.
Walsh was reluctant at first, but the case of a fugitive named David James Roberts finalized his decision to host the show. A few days after the AMW pilot aired in February 1988, Roberts, who murdered four people (including two small children) became the show's first capture. Walsh was admittedly nervous during the taping of the pilot, and it was evident.
I still remember the day in 1996 when Fox announced its decision to cancel America's Most Wanted. This surprise announcement prompted viewers (including myself), law enforcement agencies, politicians, and government officials to protest the decision. The public outcry resulted in the show returning to the air in November 1996, after being off the air for six weeks. The day AMW was reinstated was a great day.
The show airs on Saturday nights. Although we have reached the era where Saturday is generally one of the least watched nights for prime-time television, America's Most Wanted continues to be a durable and consistently watched television program.
For one, How the idea of America's most wanted got started, is because Walsh's 6 year old son went missing from a sears department store in 1981, while his mother went shopping for a lamp, Adam, John Walsh's son, was playing with a video game setup with 3 other boys, when a 17 year old security guard asked them to leave. when Mrs. Walsh returned for her son, he was gone.
16 days later, Adam Walsh's Severed head was found in a drainage ditch, while police recovered his head, his body was never found. sadly, the man who was accused of murdering Adam Walsh, was never convicted, but despite it, lost his freedom to other various crimes, and died 15 years later. police also believe the very sick and demented Jeffery Dahmer might have been involved, which could explain why Adam's body was never found, but thats another story.
This story inspired Adam Walsh's father, john Walsh, to bring other criminals to justice, via people who might have seen the criminal at certain places, which could come to a very quick arrest. this brings us to America's most wanted, which as of this date, March 8th, 2008, has seen 983 criminals brought to justice. thats only 17 below 1000.
Since then, john Walsh has been hosting a show that brings a country together, and criminals to justice.
Despite the fact that john Walsh might seem like a bully to people that are wanted for petty crimes, he deserves every second he can get to bully those criminals. if you had your only son brutally murdered and dismembered, you'd feel very angry inside and you'd want your own personal revenge.
In comparison to jack Thompson, john Walsh is serious about making this world safe, but at least people like him for it. jack Thompson, the infamous lawyer who hates video games, he's just in it for himself. and how many people do you know actually like jack? As for the TV show, which doesn't need much explanation, deserves an 8 out of 10 rating. it's a little over-dramatized, but it has brought down a lot of criminals. 983 to be exact, at the moment.
I began watching this show when I finally decided to discontinue my interest in fiction, which is absolutely misleading. Actuality, on the other hand, is more entertaining, realistic, and educating. Don't forget, "documentary." If it wasn't for John Walsh, then my interest in fiction may never end. Thank you so much John, and a great amount of thanks to all the AMW cast and crew for making the show effective and important and for showing us the good sides and the glimpses of the real world. Great work!!! And remember, we CAN make a difference!