SERIAL KILLER: Wayne Williams


Wayne Williams is suspected of murdering more than 20 Black youths from 1979 to 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia.


Who Is Wayne Willams?

In 1958, Wayne Williams was born in Atlanta. In the midst of a spate of child murders in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Williams was detained after fibers on one victim matched those in his home and car. Williams was only convicted guilty of the murder of two adults in the case, despite it being known as the Atlanta Child Murders. Williams is believed to be responsible for the murders of more than 20 more people due to compelling circumstantial and DNA evidence, yet there is still enough uncertainty to bar further prosecution.

Atlanta Child Murders

On May 27, 1958, Wayne Bertram Williams was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Little is known about Williams’ early life, but on July 28, 1979, a woman in Atlanta discovered two bodies tucked away in bushes by the side of the road. This was the beginning of Williams’ public journey to notoriety. Edward Smith, 14, who had been reported missing a week earlier, was shot with a.22-caliber pistol. Both were male, Black, and minors. Alfred Evans, a 13-year-old victim, was reported missing three days prior. Evans died from asphyxiation.

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The Atlanta Child Murders, a 22-month period of killings in Atlanta, began with this finding and continued in late September with the discovery of Milton Harvey, a 14-year-old boy. Yusef Bell had been killed by being strangled, and Angel Lenair had also been killed by being strangled while tied to a tree with her hands chained behind her.

First Break in the Case

The FBI was contacted to assist local authorities when a 7-year-old child went missing and two more bodies continued the trend until the spring of 1980. They started a thorough investigation and collaborated with an FBI profiler on the case. Up until this point, the victims’ remains were discovered in wooded regions, but in April 1981, the murderer changed his method and began dumping the dead in the Chattahoochee River. Due to their ability to focus their investigation, detectives eventually staked up all 14 of the river’s bridges in the Atlanta region.
Around three in the morning in late May, a group of law enforcement personnel on patrol along the river heard a huge splash. The police tracked and stopped the automobile after it fled the scene on the bridge. Wayne Williams, a Black independent photographer, was the driver. Williams had to be released by the police since they were unsure of what the splash was at this stage. But two days later, the 27-year-old Nathaniel Cater’s body was discovered downstream, and Williams was summoned for questioning. Williams’s alibi was found to be unreliable, and he failed multiple polygraph tests.

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