Serial Killers

Wayne Williams and Lainz Angels of Death

Wayne Bertram Williams

Early Life

Wayne Bertram Williams was born on May 27th, 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the only child of two Atlanta school teachers. He grew up in Atlanta and in his teens he had constructed a working radio station in the basement of the family home. He had a reputation of a liar because he would make up impressive stories about himself, which sounded too outlandish to be true. He was rumored to be gay, but it was never proven. He became a college drop out, he was considering a career into the music industry as a promoter. At the age of 23 he was still living with his parents.

Profile

From October 1979 to May 1981, Williams killed twenty-seven black youths, mostly boys between the ages of 7 and 14, in Atlanta. The disappearance of the boys from their black neighborhoods launched a full-scale manhunt. He also killed 6 that were in their 20s. His only encounter with the law prior to becoming a murder suspect was in 1976, when he was arrested for impersonating a police officer but he was never convicted for that. Later Williams narrowly escaped capture on May 22, 1981, when police heard someone dumping something in the Chattahoochee River. Twenty-two-year-old Williams was found climbing into a station wagon, was questioned, and then allowed to go. But when a body turned up in the river a week later, police talked to Williams again. Fibers found on the victim matched those found in William's car, and he was arrested on June 21, 1981. At trial, Williams was found guilty and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment. After the trial, doubts were raised about his guilt, and many consider the case unsolved.

Method of murder- strangulation/suffocation

Child Victims Only

Edward Smith Age 14 Date of Disappearance July 21, 1979

Alfred Evans Age 13 Date of Disappearance July 25, 1979

Milton Harvey Age 14 Date of Disappearance September 4, 1979

Yusef Bell Age 9 Date of Disappearance October 21, 1979

Angel Lenair Age 12 Date of Disappearance March 4, 1980

Jeffery Mathis Age10 Date of Disappearance March 11, 1980

Eric Middlebrooks Age 14 Date of Disappearance May 18, 1980

Chris Richardson Age 12 Date of Disappearance June 9, 1980

Latonya Wilson Age 7 Date of Disappearance June 22, 1980

Aaron Wyche Age 10 Date of Disappearance June 23, 1980

Anthony Carter Age 9 Date of Disappearance July 6, 1980

Earl Terell Age 11 Date of Disappearance July 30, 1980

Clifford Jones Age 13 Date of Disappearance August 20, 1980

Darren Glass Age 10 Date of Disappearance September 14, 1980

Charles Stephens Age 12 Date of Disappearance October 9, 1980

Aaron Jackson Age 9 Date of Disappearance November 1, 1980

Patrick Rogers Age 16 Date of Disappearance November 10, 1980

Lubie Geter Age 14 Date of Disappearance January 3, 1981

Terry Pue Age 15 Date of Disappearance January 22, 1981

Patrick Baltazar Age 11 Date of Disappearance February 6, 1981

Curtis Walker Age 15 Date of Disappearance February 19, 1981

Joseph Bell Age 15 Date of Disappearance March 2, 1981

Timothy Hill Age 13 Date of Disappearance March 13, 1981

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Lainz Angels of Death

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Maria Gruber, Irene Leidolf, Stephanija Mayer, and Waltraud Wagner made up one of the most unusual crimes in the 20th century in Europe. The four of them were Austrian nurse's aides at Lainz General Hospital in Vienna who murdered lots of patients between 1983 and 1989.
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Angels of Death

Wagner, 23, was the first to kill a patient with an overdose of morphine in 1983. She discovered in the process that she enjoyed playing God and holding the power of life and death in her hands. She recruited Gruber, 19, and Leidolf, 21, and eventually the "house mother" of the group, 43-year-old Stephanija Meyer. Soon they had invented their own murder method: they either injected morphine or one held the victim's head and pinched their nose, another would pour water into the victim's mouth until they drowned in their bed. Since elderly patients frequently had fluid in their lungs, it was an not a provable crime. The group killed patients who were feeble, but many were not terminally ill. Investigators criticized the hospital for meeting them with "a wall of silence" as they attempted to look into a suspicious 1988 death. The aides were caught after a doctor overheard them bragging about their latest murder at a local tavern. In total, they confessed to 49 murders over six years, but may have been responsible for as many as 200.

Convictions

in 1991, Wagner was convicted of 15 murders, 17 attempts, and two counts of assault. She was sentenced to life in prison. Leidolf received a life sentence as well, on conviction of five murders, while Mayer and Gruber received 20 years and 15 years respectively for manslaughter and attempted murder charges. In 2008, the Justice Ministry in Austria announced that it would release Wagner and Leidolf from prison due to good behavior. Mayer and Gruber had been released several years earlier and had assumed new identities.

Interesting Fact

One nurse's aide was quoted by the police as saying, ''The ones who got on my nerves were dispatched directly to a free bed with the good Lord.''
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