Now, the author of the story -- Tod Kelly -- tells the back story about the story. It seems the Daily Beast now has published his story in a version closer to the one he originally wrote. His discussion about what he found out about cruel and stupid sex-offender laws along the way is illuminating. Click here for the back story.
Here's something we've known for years that Tod Kelly just discovered:
Adam Walsh, the murdered child whose memory pundits and legislators rallied around and for who the law was named? He was murdered by a serial killer who had not previously been a suspect in any of his murders. The Adam Walsh Act — which specifically addresses sex offenders who are released from incarceration — would not have mattered a tinker’s cuss to Adam Walsh had it been passed years before his birth.