I don't know who that poster is, but thank you for sharing these classic AMW episodes! It's so weird watching how the show has changed over the years.
Something fascinating about the Philadelphia Santa Bandit; John Walsh appears to be holding back laughter during the segment and he seems to be almost joking about it. But in 2003, when AMW aired another Santa Bank Robber, John explicitly said, "There's nothing funny about what this guy did." My how 14 years can change something!
I saw this clip yesterday and thought the same thing. Given the case,I don't think anyone would have faulted John if he had started laughing. If I had to guess what changed for John,it was the case I've discussed elsewhere on the site where a guy they helped catch (Kelton Birdow) after his profile as part of an AMW special on stupid criminals was later found out to be a double murderer. I have to imagine Walsh and others thought that after that to never treat someone as a joke again,hence the more serious tone when another Santa bandit appeared.
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2019 23:04:20 GMT -5 by ninja108