Police circulated this photo at the time showing victims of the Atlanta killings.
Photo from CNN Forensic Fiber Analysis Case Study The best-known, if not the best-reasoned fiber case in American legal history involving fiber evidence issues is the Wayne Williams trial growing out of the famous Atlanta murders of twelve African-American males in 1979-1980. The Williams case involved all of the subjects still in controversy as we enter the world of forensic science and forensic evidence in the 21st century (Kiely 142).
Wayne Bertram Williams was born on in Atlanta Georgia on May 27, 1958. Both his parents, Faye and Homer Williams were both school teachers. Wayne graduated from high school with honors and attended Georgia State University for a year. He had dreams of making it big in the music industry and he was running his own business as a talent scout. He earned money by doing odd jobs and selling photos of accidents to the local newspapers.
Wayne William’s Flyer
Provided by: Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered
Between 1979 and 1981, the city of Atlanta had a series of atrocious murders affecting African-American male children in the low income areas of the city. Over 30 children were reported missing in a 22-month period beginning of July 1979, and many children’s lifeless bodies were recovered, in the Chattahoochee River, alongside dirt roads, and in abandoned buildings, with the exception of one that is still missing, (Kiely 143). Most of the children were brutally assaulted and strangled. These murders were known as the Atlanta Child Murders.
The FBI became interested when it became more evident that these murders were linked, as the victims were from the same geographical area, most have died from strangulation, and green-yellowish fibers were found on many of the children’s bodies.
The police enforcement agency started surveillance over bridges that crossed the Chattahoochee River
Cited: Photo 1. CNN. Justice. Atlanta Child Murders. June 1, 2010. Source: Homicide Task Force. http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/05/31/atlanta.murders.victims/index.html Supreme Court of Georgia. Wayne Bertram Williams v. The State. December 5, 1983. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia New Jersey: Pearson, 2007. Print.