Atlanta Child Murders

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As 2019 comes to an end, politics have dominated the conversation over the final months. Between impeachment hearings and presidential debates, if you forgot some of the other big stories of the year, it’s OK.

GPB’s Ross Terrell sat down with All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington to talk about some of the top stories from this year.

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A man considered the main suspect in a string of killings of black children and young adults in Atlanta in the 1970s and 1980s has been denied parole.

GPB's Rickey Bevington and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

How can the city of Atlanta become a leader in mental health reform? Will the city institute an anti-idling law to improve air quality? How have pay raises affected the city's police force?

In the October installment of our Ask: The Mayor series with GPB's Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers these questions amd more submitted by our listeners.

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Police will re-examine evidence from the Atlanta child murder cases of the 1970s and '80s.  

From 1979 to 1981, nearly 30 African-American kids, teens and adults were killed in Atlanta. The majority of them were male.

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Nearly four decades ago, the so-called Atlanta Child Murders shook the city. Between 1979 and 1981, 28 people were killed -- most were children. The mystery surrounding the murders eventually led to one man: Wayne Williams. He was arrested, and convicted of many of the murders. A new podcast, “Atlanta Monster” explores the notorious case.

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It’s been nearly 40 years since the Atlanta Child Murders paralyzed the city.

29 African-Americans, mostly boys, were killed over a two-year span before Wayne Williams was arrested.

Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright are with local production company Tenderfoot TV.

They joined me in the studio to talk about Atlanta Monster, their new podcast with HowStuffWorks that explores the murders.

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

Atlanta Child Murders 35 Years Later

Jun 21, 2016
Fulton County Police

The man suspected of carrying out a series of some of the most grisly crimes in American history was arrested exactly 35 years ago. 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.

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Memory And The Atlanta Child Murders

Apr 6, 2016
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It’s been 35 years since a prime suspect was named in the disappearance and murder of nearly two dozen black children in Atlanta. The incident came to be known as the Atlanta Child Murders. Wayne Williams was named by law enforcement as the killer and he’s currently serving a life sentence for other crimes. “Serial Black Face,” a new play at the Actor's Express Theatre in Atlanta, explores the trauma for African-American families during this time.