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.
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As someone who has that very episode on tape, I can confirm the first clip is Steve E. Allen, with a bit of the Unknown Frank Gove Killer thrown in their. The third case is a hero feature on baseball announcer Steve Palermo, who was paralyzed after he broke up a fight at a bar and he was shot at.
I'm about 90% sure that fugitive mentioned in the second case is Denice Stumpner, one of AMW's early captures.
The third clip is from Leo Koury's reenactment. I'd explain, but I think the Unsolved Mysteries Wiki does a better job than I could have. unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Leo_Koury (I actually have Koury on Final Justice, but they only briefly mentioned his crime; most of the story was taken up by how it was discovered who he was - he had died and when a government official went to his home, they found evidence that he was a wanted fugitive, including thousands of dollars in cash and phony passports).
If I do, I have to do it carefully since Fox is so strict on copyright. I once uploaded a video to YouTube that just contained a small clip from Glen Godwin's reenactment. YouTube blocked it and, creepily, knew exactly which episode I got it from (it said something like, your clip, from the X-X-2007 episode of America's Most Wanted, is blocked worldwide because of a copyright claim from Fox).