Wayne Williams

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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.

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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.


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.

Memory And The Atlanta Child Murders

Apr 6, 2016
BreeAnne Clowdus/Actor's Express Theatre

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.