The series first international capture was in 1989 in Nova Scotia. On May 8, 2008 they announced their 1,000th capture. After 1149 episodes, the show has captured 1178 criminals.
John Walsh hosted the long running Fox TV show. Its last episode before cancelling was June 18, 2011 after 23 years of airtime. Later, Walsh announced that the show would continue on Lifetime.
John Walsh wasn’t an actor or prominent public figure. He was a father whose 6-year-old son was tragically kidnapped and murdered in 1981. The crime gave him a lot of attention and publicity.
He, along with others, had successfully advocated Congress to create the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It was out of these experiences that the show chose him to be the host.