Hollywood, Fla., police have named Ottis Toole as the man responsible for the 1981 abduction and murder of Adam Walsh, bringing one of the country’s most famous cold cases to an end. The six-year-old son of “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh went missing from a Hollywood, Fla., mall more than 27 years ago. His head was discovered two weeks later, though his body was never found. Toole, a convicted killer long suspected in the murder, died 12 years ago in prison.
A woman so horribly disfigured she was willing to risk her life to do something about it has undergone the nation’s first near-total face transplant, the Cleveland Clinic announced yesterday. Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow and a team of other specialists replaced 80 percent of the woman’s face with that of a female cadaver. Seattle Times
The government commission tasked with protecting investors has launched an internal investigation into how what may have been the largest Ponzi scheme in history was able to continue unchecked for at least 10 years. The federal Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that allegations against Bernard Madoff and his securities firm had “repeatedly” been brought to the attention of SEC staff as early as 1999 but were not recommended to the commission for action. Madoff was arrested last week for allegedly running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme that may have cost some of the largest financial firms in the world hundreds of millions of dollars apiece. (A Ponzi scheme is a swindle offering unusually high returns, with early investors paid off with money from later investors.) CNN