Police say Florida boy's 1981 murder is solved

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in South Florida say they've finally solved the 1981 killing of a little boy whose father later gained fame as the host of "America's Most Wanted."

Hollywood police said Tuesday that a man long considered the lead suspect in 6-year-old Adam Walsh's murder has finally been conclusively linked to the crime.

But it came too late. The accused, a serial killer named Ottis Toole, died in prison more than a decade ago.

Toole had confessed to the killing, but later recanted. He claimed hundreds of murders, but police determined most of the confessions were lies. Toole's niece told the boy's father, John Walsh, her uncle gave a deathbed confession to the crime.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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