On Second Thought For Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jun 21, 2016

What better way to learn about history than to go back in time? Kids at the Jekyll Island Museum’s Time Travelers' Camp get to do just that, metaphorically speaking. They explore a different period of the island's history as far back as a hundred years each day. We speak with Bruce Piatek, director of Historic Resources at The Jekyll Island Authority, and camp counselor Hailee Komaromi about time travel, history, and how campers learn to speak pirate.

Then, we hear about the life of William Jasper “The Goat Man” Franklin who is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.

Also, the man suspected of carrying out one of the most grisly crimes in American history was arrested 35 years ago today. Wayne Williams was the prime suspect in the disappearance and murder of 23 black children in Atlanta over a two-year period. The incident is known as the Atlanta Child Murders. Williams is serving a life sentence in prison for other crimes. We speak with playwright Janine Nabers, author Tayari Jones, and Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Dale Russell about the cultural impact of the Atlanta Child Murders and how artists conceptualized the events for a modern-day audience.

Finally, the character Atticus Finch was a hero in his children's eyes, and he's been a hero to children all around the world who have read "To Kill A Mockingbird" or seen the film adaptation. Harper Lee's story of a gentlemanly Southern lawyer who defends a black man charged with the rape of a white woman may be a work of fiction. But Atlanta-based lawyer says Atticus Finch is based on a real person: his father. We speak with Beck about his new memoir, "My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer's Fight For Justice in 1930s Alabama."