Cases to be profiled on AMW are carefully chosen from the hundreds of requests we receive every week. Due to the high volume of requests we often need to make tough decisions when it comes to choosing which cases to profile. We make every attempt to cover cases from all parts of the country and all type of crimes. Our ultimate goal is to give a voice to the maximum number of victims possible and help find Missing children and bring fugitives to justice.
If you would like to have a case considered for the show, please send all facts to:
America's Most Wanted
PO Box Crime TV
Washington DC 20016
Please make sure to note whether there is a known fugitive charged with the crime, or whether the perpetrator is yet to be identified. If charges have been filed, please note the police agency that filed the charges. It is also helpful to let us know what photos and/or video are available of the victim and the fugitive.
NOTE: We are not able to return materials, so do not send original or irreplaceable photos, documents, etc.
How do I submit a tip?
Tips may be submitted by calling our confidential hotline at 1-800-CRIME-TV or by clicking here.
What is AMW's confidentiality policy for tips?
Your privacy and safety are our highest priorities. When giving tips, you may choose to remain anonymous or provide us with your contact information. If you choose to share your contact information, it will only be shared with law enforcement investigators. AMW never offers rewards for tips, however for certain cases there are rewards offered by other agencies. In order to be potentially eligible for these rewards you must give your contact information along with your tip.
What are AMW's hotline hours?
The hotline is open from 9am to 9pm ET Sunday through Friday.
On Saturday nights the hotline closes at 1am ET.
You can reach a hotline specialist by calling 1-800-CRIME-TV.
Can I join the AMW team?
There are both employment and internship opportunities at AMW.
You must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, and you must be able to receive course credit for an internship. Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:
ATTN: Intern Coordinator
PO Box Crime TV
Washington, DC 20016
Send your resume and other material appropriate for the type of position in which you are interested e.g. - writing samples, reel, etc (do not send originals as submitted materials cannot be returned) to:
PO Box Crime TV
Washington, DC 20016
Who is John Walsh?
John Walsh is not an actor. He has been the host of AMW since the show's debut in 1988.
Tragically, John was the victim of a crime himself. His six-year-old son Adam was kidnapped and murdered. With the heartbreaking death of his son, John's career as a hotel developer shifted quickly into a crusade as an advocate for justice, victims' rights, and children's rights.
How did John Walsh become involved with AMW?
While the show was in development at FOX, the producers looked for someone to host the new show. John caught the attention of the producers with the fame of the tragic story of his son Adam and the recognition he was receiving for his advocacy. With his undying passion for justice, John was the ideal choice to host AMW and empower citizens to fight back.
Is John Walsh really as nice as he seems?
Yes! John is a nice guy who cares immeasurably about what he does. His compassion seen on the show is truly genuine.
Can I get John Walsh's autograph?
Yes. Simply use the contact us
form to request an autograph. Make sure to include your full name and mailing address. We try to honor all requests. It may take 6 - 8 weeks, though.
How can I get an interview with John Walsh?
Submit your request
to our publicity department using this contact form.
How can I get John Walsh to speak at an event or address my professional group?
John is represented by Keppler Associates
How many seasons has AMW aired?
AMW first aired on February 7, 1988.
AMW is tied with 48 Hours as the eighth-longest-running prime time network show ever, behind
60 Minutes, Monday Night Football, The Wonderful World of Disney, 20/20, The Ed Sullivan Show, Gunsmoke, and the Red Skelton Comedy Hour.
Where is AMW taped?
AMW doesn't use one studio. We try to work in the field as much as possible, right at the locations of crimes with law enforcement officials. Our crews have filmed across the U.S., Canada, Central America, Mexico, Paris and London.
Does AMW air in other countries?
Yes. AMW is also aired in England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and other countries with access to American Satellite. These international airings have helped lead to the capture of fugitives in 31 countries.
What is AMW's relationship with law enforcement agencies like?
Law enforcement agencies trust AMW and work hand-in-hand with us to bring criminals to justice.
Police know that profiling their cases before a national audience increases the likelihood of solving them. Agencies often come to us first with breaking news and recent developments.
However, we maintain a strict independence; we do not work for law enforcement, we work on behalf of victims.
When was AMW's first capture?
Within days of our first airing, David James Roberts, an FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive was captured. Roberts, a convicted killer, escaped from prison in 1968 and after nearly twenty years on the run was caught as a direct result of AMW in February 1988.
What was AMW's fastest capture after profiling a fugitive?
It took a mere twenty-nine minutes to capture Jack and Mona Volagres after their segment aired. They were wanted for the murder of Mona's daughter Saleana.
What was AMW's most famous case?
There have been many notable cases. John List, The Texas Seven, and Elizabeth Smart are our most recognized cases.