For decades the Atlanta Child Murders have haunted residents throughout the city. And despite the conviction of Wayne Williams for the crime, there has long been a gnawing sense of arrested justice and the indelible suspicion that the real killer – or killers – remains on the loose.
Williams was only convicted for the murders of two adults, not the two dozen children.
That’s why Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that the City would reexamine the evidence in the murders – with the help of the Fulton County DA’s Office and the GBI. Atlanta Police detectives – past and present – joined the Mayor and APD Chief Erika Shields for the announcement this week.
For the families and communities directly affected by the infamous and remarkably brazen serial killings, the news was long overdue and much appreciated.