(Atlanta Child Murderer)
this is the face of the child murderer
these are the faces of the 29 or so murdered children
This is the letter that convinced John Glover to investigate the murder cases
Atlanta Child Murders
First Break in Case
When two more bodies continued the trend into the spring of 1980 and a 7-year-old girl was reported missing, the FBI was called in to help local police. They launched a major investigation, and an FBI profiler worked on the case as well. To this point, the bodies of the victims were found in wooded areas, but in April 1981, the killer changed his MO: The bodies were now being dumped in the Chattahoochee River. This allowed investigators to narrow their search, and they soon staked out all 14 bridges that span the river in the Atlanta area. In late May, a group of law-enforcement officers on surveillance at the river heard a loud splash around 3 a.m. On the bridge, a car fled the scene, and the police pursued and pulled it over. The driver was Wayne Williams, a 22-year-old black freelance photographer. The police had no idea what the splash was at this point, so they had to let Williams go. Two days later, however, the body of Nathaniel Cater, 27, was found downstream, and Williams was brought in for questioning. Williams's alibi proved weak and he failed several polygraph examinations.
Arrest and Trial
On June 21, 1981, Williams was arrested, and on February 27, 1982, he was found guilty of the murders of Cater and another man, Jimmy Ray Payne, 21. The conviction was based on physical evidence—matching fibers found on the victims and in Williams’s personal possessions—and eyewitness accounts, and he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms. Once the trial was over, law-enforcement officials declared their belief that evidence suggested that Williams was most likely linked to another 20 of the 29 deaths the task force had been investigating. DNA sequencing from hairs found on different victims revealed a match to Williams’s own hair, to 98 percent certainty. But that 2 percent doubt was enough to prevent further convictions. While subsequent efforts were mounted to prove Williams innocent, the killings stopped once he was imprisoned.