For many in the criminal justice system, one case that stands out is the Atlanta Child Murders as it was a case that shook our nation. From May of 1979 to July of 1981 there were 29 children that were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia. The victims were all young black males and it was believed that 23-year-old Wayne Williams was responsible for the murders. Nearly 40 years after the tragedy, there has remained many doubts on the murders.
On March 21, 2019, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields announced that officials would re-test evidence from the murders, which will be gathered by the Atlanta Police Department, Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In a news conference, Mayor Bottoms said, “It may be there is nothing left to be tested. But I do think history will judge us by our actions and we will be able to say we tried.” Below is a list of the murdered children, the date of their disappearance and the cause of their deaths.
Name – Age- Date of Disappearance – Cause of Death – Case Status