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The Atlanta Child Murders. Atlanta: 1979 - 1981. 27 black boys are murdered Similar fibers are found on the bodies When this is revealed, bodies start being dumped in water. Wayne Williams. Wayne Williams. Stopped by police on a bridge Said he was at a club, but no one saw him there

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atlanta 1979 1981
Atlanta: 1979 - 1981
  • 27 black boys are murdered
  • Similar fibers are found on the bodies
  • When this is revealed, bodies start being dumped in water
wayne williams4
Wayne Williams
  • Stopped by police on a bridge
  • Said he was at a club, but no one saw him there
  • Two days later a body appears downstream
serial killers usually are
Serial killers usually are…
  • White
  • Male
  • Middle-aged
  • Heterosexual
wayne williams was
Wayne Williams was…

A young black man—not a typical serial killer

key fiber evidence
Key Fiber Evidence
  • Avocado carpet fibers matching those in Williams’ home
  • Purple carpet fibers matching those in Williams’ car
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These two fibers were found on almost all the bodies.Many also had dog hairs, blanket fibers, etc. that also matched items in Williams home.

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Because the carpet fibers were unusual colors, the probability they would be on a body was quite low.The probability they would appear together was even lower.

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There are about 2 million people in metro Atlanta, so it is VERY unlikely the murderer was someone else.
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Since his conviction there have been numerous appeals and re-investigations, most recently in May, 2005.Each time, the evidence was found convincing.

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