JOHN Walsh, who’s helped nab virtually 1,500 criminals over his 31-year TV career, says he acquired right here out of retirement to look out “dirtbags” on his new ID (Investigation Discovery) series, “In Pursuit with John Walsh.”
“I thought I could hang up my spurs … and all these different agencies, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, were bugging me the last year to come out of retirement,” says Walsh, 73, who hosted “America’s Most Wanted” (on Fox) adopted by “The Hunt with John Walsh” (CNN/HLN).
“They’re so overwhelmed and saved saying, ‘Look, the public trusts you.’ For 25 years ‘America’s Most Wanted’ was successful … and I caught 1,422 of the world’s most dangerous guys in 45 nations. But higher of all we recovered stranger-abducted kids alive — Elizabeth Smart being definitely considered one of them. I’ve a predilection in the direction of people who hurt women and prey upon youngsters and we’re choosing out some precise dirtbags … who on a regular basis prey upon the nicest women who put up with their lies and cons and bulls–t and as soon as they get close to being caught, they kill these women.
“That’s an actual coward.”
Walsh co-hosts “In Pursuit” with his son, 34-year-old Callahan Walsh, who works on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and acts as a result of the current’s liaison with native laws enforcement.
“I wanted him to work at my production company and he said, ‘Dad, I want to help children.’ He’s handsome and a really articulate, nice young man,” Walsh says. “We’ll use him as a field reporter. He works all week at the Center then shoots stuff for me on the weekend. I love the fact that Callahan’s got that sensitivity. He said, ‘Dad, I’ve been following you around while you were speaking since I was a little boy. I want to help you.’ ”
Walsh — who’s been a high-profile crime crusader as a result of the 1981 murder of his 6-year-old son, Adam — rattles off crime statistics to emphasize the need for “In Pursuit.”
“Last year we broke all kinds of [crime] records — 144 cops killed in the line of duty and Chicago is a nightmare,” he says. “Detroit, New Orleans, Chicago … their [case- solving] expenses for homicides are down 26 p.c and it’s so disgusting. They’re so overwhelmed … most of the people is simply not talking about it and the media is simply not talking about it nonetheless we’ve purchased the worst [case-solving] price on the earth. We’re most likely essentially the most violent first-world nation and we’re the richest, strongest nation on the earth.
“We’re gonna catch a few of these dirtbags,” he says. “Since the word got out a couple months ago that I was coming out of retirement we’re turning down about 250 cases a week … when I see these pleas online it breaks my heart to say no because I’ve walked in these peoples’ shoes.”
Walsh says “In Pursuit” will take care of numerous jail cases. “If it was up to me we’d only hunt down people who prey on women and children — they’re the real cowards in the criminal world,” he says. “But we’re going to mix it up. I’m going to have the power to do some cases that haunt me … and, alongside one of the best ways, we’re going to resolve on a number of of my hardest unsolved cases.
“We’re an in-denial nation and it’s so disgusting,” he says. “We’re all about, ‘What’s the next Disney movie? When’s the Super Bowl?’
“I’m going to saddle up and do my factor and see the way it goes.”
“In Pursuit with John Walsh” airs 10 p.m. Wednesday on Investigation Discovery.