America's Most Wanted
Q & A With John Walsh: "Crowd Sourcing" Criminal Investigations
John Walsh has brought the 25th season of America's Most Wanted to Lifetime! You asked, and he answered. Below are tips and thoughts from the host himself. Don't miss the show, Fridays at 9pm/8c
1. How do you feel about “crowd sourcing” criminal investigations? I was just reading about a new website that’s about to launch where they enable any person to help solve a crime, leveraging social media sites such as Facebook. This sounds similar to what you’re doing with AMW, do you have any plans to work with websites such as this?
John Walsh: I think using social media to help solve cases is a great idea. Our website has directly assisted in capturing 55 fugitives. These are cases that were exclusive to the site and had not been even featured on television with the show. In my opinion, the more eyes that are reached, the better the chances of recovering that missing child or person, and catching that criminal and getting someone brought to justice.
2. The story of missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis has garnered quite a bit of media attention. Can this ever be helpful, or is it more of a distraction for the authorities working to solve the case?
John Walsh: Regarding the Isabel Celis case, in my opinion, it is always better to get the media involved. Like I've said before, the more people that are looking for this beautiful little girl, the better the chances of recovering her alive. I and the AMW crew work with law enforcement on a daily basis. Each case is different. Sometimes, law enforcement have their reasons for not wanting to publicize certain facts in these cases, but overall I say, GET OUT THERE and let everyone know to look for your child. I know for Reve and I--and I've said this thousands of times--I would've stood naked in Times Square and taken a bullet for information on my son Adam's case. With that said, as hard as it is for the family of a missing child or person, you need to get out of bed, need to get out of the house and remember who the real victim is: your missing loved one.