If you’ve ever gotten separated from your child for just a few moments and remember the depth of panic that sets in, then you can begin to understand what Noreen Gosch has felt over the last 30 years since her son Johnny disappeared delivering newspapers in West Des Moines, Iowa on the morning of September 5, 1982.
More than any other missing child case, Johnny’s story has spawned countless theories and has instilled intrigue in the millions who remember the kid on the side of a milk carton.
WHO TOOK JOHNNY is an examination into the infamous thirty-year-old cold case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton.
The film focuses on the heartbreaking story of Johnny’s mother, Noreen Gosch, and her relentless quest to find the truth about what happened that tragic September morning in Des Moines when Johnny never returned from his paper route.
Along the way there have been mysterious sightings, strange clues, bizarre revelations, and a confrontation with a person who claims to have helped abduct Johnny.
WHO TOOK JOHNNY captures the endless intrigue and conspiracy theories surrounding the eye-witness accounts, compelling evidence and emotional discoveries which span three decades of the most spellbinding missing person’s case in U.S. history.
An amazing, lunatic documentary that will leave you creeped-out, excited and surprised, ”
- John Waters, director of Hairspray and Crybaby
“This film is utterly unforgettable”- Criterion Cast
“The gradual narrative unspooling of “Who Took Johnny,” the true-crime documentary about
a 12-year-old Iowa boy who has been missing since 1982, is extremely canny.” – Chicago Tribune
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival
The Johnny Gosch Foundation
Noreen Gosch manages this website, which covers the abduction case and kidnapping awareness.
National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
Nonprofit organization which the Gosches and parents of other missing children created in 1984 to serve as a resource for issues on missing and sexually exploited children.
West Des Moines Police Department
Local police department website.
America’s Most Wanted
Television series dedicated to investigating unsolved cases and urging viewers to report new information.
Iowa Cold Cases
Information on Johnny’s missing person case.
Justice for Johnny Gosch
Site dedicated to Johnny’s abduction case. Includes links to more information on the search for Johnny and news updates.