The Atlanta Child Murders

Crime, Documentary
Examines the disappearance of 29 African-American children, during the 22 months, between July 1979 and May 1981. The victims were brutally murdered -- their bodies mangled and brutalized -- in Atlanta. Most of the dead ...more

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Examines the disappearance of 29 African-American children, during the 22 months, between July 1979 and May 1981. The victims were brutally murdered -- their bodies mangled and brutalized -- in Atlanta. Most of the dead were boys, aged 7 to 17. Six were young men, aged 21 to 28. After two years, investigators had no firm suspects. Then, 23-year-old Wayne Williams was charged with the murders of two young adults. A jury convicted him after circumstantial evidence linked him to the two murders as well as 10 others. Williams was sentenced to two life terms and labeled the Atlanta child killer. But questions about the investigation persisted. In 1991, a team of new lawyers argued that the prosecution withheld evidence that white supremacists may have been involved in some of the murders. But investigators said the Klan investigation never amounted to anything. However, some victims' families and others still don't believe Wayne Williams is the monster responsible for the killings.

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