Post by Necrotising Fasciitis on Apr 12, 2012 1:25:38 GMT
In 1979, a series of child murders in the predominantly black suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, ignited the already strained racial tensions of that state. All victims were black and many thought that the murders were the work of the Klan, a paedophile network or even some type of payback crimes for the spate of muggings and shootins of white businessmen in the city of Atlanta. The following year, the bodies of black children continued to be found until the person or person(s) changed their attention to young black men and began dumping their bodies in the Chattahoochee River. Twenty-nine victims were attributed to the ‘Atlanta Child Murderer’ before 22-year-old Wayne Williams was arrested in June 1981 after a major manhunt. Most extraordinarily, Williams broke the mould with what authorities thought they knew about serial killers. Like his victims, Wayne Williams was black.