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While John Walsh closes one chapter of “America’s Most  Wanted” and opens another, he can reflect on his self-described “incredible journey” from luxury-hotel builder to TV’s top crimebuster in a  genre that didn’t exist before he came along.

The first of Walsh’s four “AMW” specials airs tomorrow night on Fox — its  home since 1988. Meanwhile, the series soon moves to a new home on Lifetime.

It’s been 30 years since Walsh’s 6-year-old son, Adam, was kidnapped and  brutally murdered — a horrific, life-altering experience that changed the  course of Walsh’s life.

“I was building a $26 million hotel on Paradise Island [when he heard the  news] — that was my love, the hotel business,” says Walsh. “I was successful at  a young age and was part-owner of my own company who went from that business  into the horrible reality of being the parent of a murdered child . . . I didn’t  give a damn anymore about building hotels.”

Walsh’s single-minded pursuit of justice on Adam’s behalf led Fox to hire  Walsh, in 1988, to host its new show, “America’s Most Wanted.”

“I kept saying no. I didn’t know d–k about TV,” Walsh says. “I said, ‘What  is reality TV and what the hell is Fox?’ ’’ But Walsh’s wife, Reve, encouraged  the move and, before long, he was shooting a pilot.

“My first executive producer, Michael Linder, said, ‘Look, you’re made for  TV. You’ve got the hair, the voice, you’re a handsome guy and I’m gonna teach  you how to do this.’

“I would get nervous the day before a shoot . . . it was all by the  seat-of-your pants,” he says. “The learning curve was steep. It was torture. I  didn’t even know which camera was on and I didn’t know where to look.”

“AMW” nabbed a fugitive from the FBI’s most-wanted list in its very first  show and hasn’t looked back.

When, in 1996, Fox canceled the show, the outcry from the law-enforcement  community forced it to reverse its decision.

Walsh says he hasn’t always had a harmonious relationship with law  enforcement.

“When we first started, the  FBI endorsed ‘AMW’ but the small police departments were skeptical about the  media,” Walsh says. “I think the cops knew that, right off the bat, I would be  very critical of them. American cops look at me as an extension of them . . .  but I’m not a cop, and I still keep that distance,” he says.

“I could write books about my battles with law enforcement — they’re my best  buddies, then they shut me out of a case.

“I’ve got a track record, but it’s been a little adversarial over the  years.”

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Jeffs defends polygamy during sex assault trial

Barbara Walther, 51st District Judge is escorted out of the Tom Green County Courthouse following the first day of the Warren Jeffs sexual assault trial Thursday, July 28, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. A Texas prosecutor told jurors Thursday he would present an audio recording of Warren Jeffs raping a 12-year-old girl and DNA evidence showing he also impregnated a 15-year-old, providing the first hint of the state's case against the polygamist sect leader. Opening statements came Thursday shortly after the 55-year-old Jeffs fired his high-powered defense team and asked District Judge Walther to be allowed to represent himself, while also imploring for more time to prepare his defense. She agreed he was competent enough to be his own attorney but refused to delay the proceedings. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)Law enforcement officials escort polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, right, out of the Tom Green County Courthouse Thursday, July 28, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. A prosecutor told jurors Thursday he would present an audio recording of a polygamist sect leader raping a 12-year-old and other evidence showing the 55-year-old impregnated a 15-year-old girl during the man's sexual assault trial. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)http://news.yahoo.com/jeffs-defends-polygamy-during-sex-assault-trial-172409698.html

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs has broken hours of silence in a West Texas courtroom with a lengthy sermon defending plural marriage as a constitutional freedom.

Jeffs is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child and is representing himself.

The ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints broke his silence Friday by objecting to a FBI FBI agent’s testimony about records seized at his church’s compound during a 2008 raid. Jeffs then talked for nearly an hour.

The 55-year-old ecclesiastical Jeffs said his church has practiced five generations of polygamy as ordered by God, a higher power than U.S. courts.

Jeffs ended by saying “amen,” then repeatedly interrupted a prosecutor’s response.

Judge Barbara Walther ordered Jeffs to follow legal procedure, then dismissed the jury and called a recess.

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June 23, 2011 4:14 PM EDT

Former Bostom crime boss who was one of America’s Most Wanted, is finally caught in California’s Santa Monica area after being on the run since late 1994.

Bulger is a former leader of Winter Hill Gang, an Irish-American criminal group, and is wanted for 19 murders, conspiracy, extortion, drug dealing, and money laundering.

Bulger had served as an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a controversial arrangement that allowed him to continue his criminal activities.

The 81-year-old fugitive and his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, 60, were apprehended outside of their apartment without incident Wednesday. Agents also found a stash of cash and firearms during a search of their apartment.

The case had long stumped authorities, but a fresh 30-second TV campaign that launched only on Tuesday to find Greig quickly paid off with a helpful tip by an unidentified person.

Bulger, who was found in poor health, will face life in prison if convicted, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz at a news conference.

“We’ve gone a long way to bringing justice to the families of the victims,” Ortiz said.

A scandal involving a top FBI agent who acted as Bulger’s informant and was later sentenced, had thwarted his capture and embarrassed the FBI. The crime boss’ story even inspiredt the film “The Departed”.

Bulger has been featured on America’s Most Wanted over a dozen times, with a 2 million dollar reward for information leader to Bulger’s arrest, along with $100,000 for information on Greig.

 

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