After a series of fast paced on-location shoots, it can be comforting to return to the slightly less hectic atmosphere of the AMW studio at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment . AMW's Avery Mann talks to John Walsh and the rest of the AMW crew about what it takes to pull a show together on the set.
"I like the road, I like the street, I like the action on the street, I like to meet people," says John. But adds, "this is our real home here, this is where the hotline operators work on a Saturday night, this is where all the magic happens."
Avery introduces us to some of the studio crew that helps to put this show together, including senior show producer Chris Hamilton, who takes us through the ins and outs of the in-studio production.
And as John points out, people may not realize that a trip to the Museum can actually land them an inside look at the production of an episode of America's Most Wanted.
This week, AMW goes inside some very tough cases. John tells Avery about the Unknown April Tinsley Killer, in which the killer had kidnapped and sexually assaulted his 8-year-old victim. Over the years, the killer has left a trail of clues, including DNA samples, claiming that he had murdered that little girl. including "He may be at the top of my list to catch," says John, "because he's a dangerous, dangerous predator."
Another big case this week is the Gardner Art Heist, which is the largest theft in recorded history. AMW was on the scene in Boston when the case first broke nearly 20 years ago. There is a $5 million reward out for the capture of these theives, and adds John, "people never give up hope. Somewhere, somebody knows where one of those masterpieces are.