Wayne Williams


Wayne Bertram Williams AKA The Atlanta Child Killer

Born: 27 May-1958

Born and Raised: Dixie Hills Neighborhood Atlanta,GA

Race: African American

Age: 22 yrs. old Current Age: 55 yrs. old

Job: Freelance photographer

Parents: Homer Williams and Faye Williams (Schoolteachers)

Education: Fredrick Douglas High school and Georgia Sate University

Arrested: June 12, 1981 Convicted: 1982 (two counts)

No. of victims: 2-31

Date of murders: 1979-1981

From October 1979 to May 1981, Williams killed twenty-seven black youths, mostly boys between the ages of 7 and 14, in Atlanta.

Fiber Evidence: Yellowish-green nylon and violet acetate

Other Evidence: Blood stains in car and dog hair

In what respects did the use of fiber evidence in the Williams case differ significantly from its use in previous cases?

Fiber evidence has not played a significant role in any case involving a large number of murder victims. Fiber evidence is often used to corroborate other evidence in a case—it is used to support other testimony and validate other evidence presented at a trial. This was not the situation in the Williams trial. Other evidence and other aspects of the trial were important but were used to support and complement the fiber evidence, not the usual order of things.

What steps did they take to gather this information? What did they learn from their investigations? What was the significance of this information?

The investigators used many steps to find out what made the fibers like call yarn and fiber

manufacturers. The fibers collected from the victims were very coarse and had a lobed cross-sectional appearance, tending to indicate that they originated from a carpet or a rug. The lobed cross-sectional shape of these fibers, was unique, and initially, the manufacturer of these fibers could not be determined. Several chemists attended meetings at a research facility of a large fiber producer to find out what the fibers could really be. The chemist concurred that the yellowish-green nylon fiber was very unusual and the cross-sectional shape was consistent with being a carpet fiber, but the manufacturer of this fiber couldn't be determined.

What did investigators hope to learn from their initial examination of fibers found on the bodies of several murder victims found in the Atlanta area from July 1979 to May 1981?

The investigators hoped to learn what type of object could have made the yellow-greenish nylon fibers and the violet acetate fibers found in the bodies and clothing of the murder victims.
Interview with Prosecutor in Wayne Williams Case

What pieces of information did investigators collect from the West Point Pepperell Corporation that led them to conclude that the fibers found on Nathaniel Carter's body came from the carpeting in Wayne Williams's house? Explain the importance of each of these pieces of information for connecting Williams to carter's murder.

It was determined that the West Point Pepperell Corporation of Dalton, GA., had manufactured a line of carpet call "luxaire." which was constructed in the same manner as (Williams's) carpet. One of the colors offered in the "Luxaire" line was called "English Olive," and this cooler was the same as that of Williams's carpet both visually and by the use of discriminating chemical and instrumental tests. This type of fiber was only used for one year

Describe how investigators used the concepts of statistical probability to the Williams to Nathaniel Carter as well as to his other victims.

investigators used concepts of statistical probability when they connected the same fibers hair to all the victims and Wayne Williams.

Collected Evidence from Case(S)

Works Cited

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