May 11, 2005

Atlanta missing & murdered children case being reopened

The missing and murdered children case, which gripped metro Atlanta a generation ago is being reopened.

Five murders from the spree more than 20 years ago are being reopened by the DeKalb County Cold Case squad. DeKalb Police Chief Louis Graham announced the reopening of the case today, flanked by relatives of the children.

Wayne Williams was convicted in the murders of two young men, and tied peripherally to the cases of 20 others (the victims were all black, as is Williams) between 1979 and 1981.

Graham announced that five murders thought to have happened on DeKalb County soil and originally linked to convicted killer Wayne Williams will be reopened. He said that no tip was too small and every piece of evidence will be re-examined.

Graham, who worked on the original task force investigating the murders, said the cases have nagged him for years and he wants to bring justice to the family members of the victims.

"I have always felt their pain," Graham said. "You have to feel their pain and you try to do the best you can to help them."

Relatives of many of the remaining 20 victims felt that Williams was not the only person murdering youngsters during that timeframe, and expressed relief that these five cases were being reopened.
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Posted by mhking at May 11, 2005 05:24 PM


This is very good news.

Posted by: cynthia at May 11, 2005 11:41 PM


I'm from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I saw the movie, "Who Killed Atlanta's Children?" And I was very grief and disappointed with the Atlanta police forces & FBIs who were supposed to follow up with these murdered cases. They didn't do what they supposed to do and I strongly believed that KKK has alot to do with these murders. I'm very glad that this case being reopened. It's fair for the victims' family to bring the killers to justice.

Posted by: Rachel Goh at September 27, 2005 11:55 PM
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