2010-05-12

CNN DOCUMENTARY: THE ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS

CNN DOCUMENTARY: THE ATLANTA CHILD MURDER -  June 2010

Almost thirty years after the murders of over 25 Black children, teens and young adults, CNN anchor & special correspondent Soledad O’Brien investigates the nearly 2-year siege of fear that gripped the city of Atlanta.

Although Wayne Williams continues to profess his innocence from behind bars, with his arrest and conviction, he was described as both a “monster”– and the nation’s first Black serial killer.

With exclusive access, O’Brien examines new evidence to offer viewers a new look at the persistent doubts, and decide for themselves who was responsible for all those lost young lives. Viewers will be able to vote for their verdict on this case on CNN.com.



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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

when will this documentary be airing?

Paradelle said...

CNN DOCUMENTARY: THE ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS
Thursday, June 10, 9-11p ET and PT

Darrell said...

I think he's innocent. So often in recent times aggresive prosecutors/d.a's are too eager to get a conviction - they're willing to withhold exculpatory evidence from the defense.

kc said...

Without a doubt Wayne Williams is guilty, not only of the two he was convicted of but all the other 25 children.

kc said...

Without a doubt Wayne Williams is guilty of ALL these murders.

Anonymous said...

This wasn't "in recent times". He did it. I know he did.

Anonymous said...

Where is the proof that this man did this crime;other than white government officials (who were most likely KKK) and the few black officials that were probably bullied or paid off. Do not forget in the beggining of the kkk's history they were organized by government paid police, sherrif's and farmers. If this is "America"; the land of equality and justice, why is the KKK still active here and why is this hidden from the media. I live in Canada and the Government here would not accept such hate in our society. The way a Government protects or treats it`s people tell`s me what or who is important or not valued in that countries eyes. If the people at the top such as law enforcer`s and government officials are racist they usually allow others to follow in their foot steps in order to have more people to support them. Corruption beggin`s at the top; for they hold the power.

Anonymous said...

guilty guilty guilty then and still is and he was laughing and acted so stupied he is were he belongs and will stay he did not convince anyone any diffrent with his stupiedness and unanswered answers to questions just wanted his two minutes of fame for the last time let him rot in jail then in hell when his time comes

Anonymous said...

I definitely feel Dwayne Williams committed the Atlanta child murders. E. J. Scott of Harrisburg, PA

Rosario said...

No , No , No Wayne Williams did not do it!! often when there is something of this caliber going on in a city to end it so that there's no more public out cry they pin it on the most likely prospect (someone roamming around with no alibi's)..unfortunately because the five white guys(KKK) passed the lie dector test they took the survillence off of them and put it on Wayne thereby making him nervous, feeling like he had to beat the lie detector test , after picking him up and bringing him in for qustioning so many times and then letting him go ( I'd be scared too!)..they got his heart beat up , my heart would be racing, knowing that they were trying to pin the murders on me..This trail was pure spectulation No Facts No nylon string No yellow blanket No nothing!!! and furthermore after putting Wayne Williams on front street in front of the press the real killers could have tried to set him up in more ways than one i.e. have a girl give him a fake number, so that he would drive across the bridge?..have someone drive a station wagon by the basketball court purposely?, paid off witness? ..they do this all the time .(could have been a police officer who knew what was going on within the system?) No, No, No, THIS WAS PURE SABATOGE AND SET-UP A-TYPICAL OF THE SOUTH 3 DECADES AGO..AND THIS YOUNG AND FOOLISH BOY PLAYED INTO THE HANDS OF THIS INSANITY ..YOU ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY AND HE WAS NOT PROVEN GUILTY AT ALL!!This young man had his entire life taken from him because someone choose to accuse him without facts(probably someone who knew the system..how horrible and unfortunate this is for him.. Thanks Soledad for highlighting this case and showing us the unfortunate victim...PLEASE BLACK YOUNG MEN ALWAYS HAVE AN ALBI( let someone know where you are at all times.) SO THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN TO YOU.

Anonymous said...

Why was the phone tap evidence, of a white supremacist naming quite a number of black children he intended to kill, recored before were all murdered, not brought out in your documentary. It was broadcast news in Hawaii in 1979. It was later broadcast news after the trial of Williams that George Bush Sr. had personally ordered that the evidence not be allowed at Williams trial because it might cause a race war. Hundreds of thousands of people if not millions heard those broadcasts. Is our collective memory so short? Is it not time for the truth to come out. Your documentary's effort to link Williams and CIA training as convincing evidence is thinner than thin. I'm sure the Atlanta police chief knows how to put someone in a choke hold, but  that raises no eye brows, whether or not some woman thinks he has the strength to do so or not. Opinions like that mean nothing at all and are immaterial in any event.  I though CNN was supposed to reveal the evidence available.  I find it hard to believe that no one on CNN's Staff knew of it's existence. CNN is supposed to examine the evidence out there, not just do a damage control video. Aren't damage control videos generally aired after a shocking truthful documentary.  What have you documented at all save innuendos and allegations of evidence that supposedly once existed. Your supposed trump card is your effort to prove the guess of a woman wrong.  Guesses are meaningless! So what if it was the guess of William's attorney. Having the ability to commit a crime is not evidence of a crime.  William's spoke as any truthful individual would have spoken at the time of the murders.  The fact that he linked his questioning to the murders happening means nothing,  When the Zodiac killer was unknown everyone in the area of the murders had the Zodiac killer on their minds and if questioned could easily say "This is about those Zodiac Killings isn't it?.  It wouldn't suggest they were the Killer.  Years later with innuendo you can get any number of people to doubt anything.  People are always willing to think the worst when you lead them there,  It once was called Propaganda. You showed no actual evidence at all. Linking Williams to the CIA does not prove murder.  Lee Harvey Oswald's alleged connection to the CIA has been used to try to prove his innocence. His girl friend came forward and claimed they worked on a project to give cancer to Castro. His girl friend testified she was using a blender to blending the most virulent tumors taken from rats that she then fed to more rats over and over to make a food item sure to cause cancer.  All that can be linked to a CIA connection is confusion or maybe a habit of the CIA to turning on their own for scape goats? Is it only Hawaii that gets these broadcasts? I doubt it, but who knows for sure?  How about the Japanese submarine shot though the conning tower out in front of Pearl Harbor one hour before the Japanese Planes attacked. The Captain of the USS Ward a Navy Destroyer and his whole crew were ridiculed as not being able to tell the difference between a submarine and a whale.  Now that the submarine was found, damage control has kicked in with a so called expert trying to convince the public that it was plausible mistake to imagine that the captain and crew could make such an error in judgement. Does anyone in the world believe it plausible that the Captain of a United States Navy Destroyer really could not tell the difference between an live animal and a big hunk of moving steel? I think even a five year old child could tell difference between those two things, but that was the cover story given and defended for years as to why no alarms were sounded to warn Pearl Harbor of the Japanese presence.  A lot of innocent lives were lost that day.  Now just one innocent man is allowed to rot in prison for what the CIA knows he did not do.  I though it was supposed to be just the other guy's who believe the end justifies the means.

Anonymous said...

Why was the phone tap evidence, of a white supremacist naming quite a number of black children he intended to kill, recored before were all murdered, not brought out in your documentary. It was broadcast news in Hawaii in 1979. It was later broadcast news after the trial of Williams that George Bush Sr. had personally ordered that the evidence not be allowed at Williams trial because it might cause a race war. Hundreds of thousands of people if not millions heard those broadcasts. Is our collective memory so short? Is it not time for the truth to come out. Your documentary's effort to link Williams and CIA training as convincing evidence is thinner than thin. I'm sure the Atlanta police chief knows how to put someone in a choke hold, but  that raises no eye brows, whether or not some woman thinks he has the strength to do so or not. Opinions like that mean nothing at all and are immaterial in any event.  I though CNN was supposed to reveal the evidence available.  I find it hard to believe that no one on CNN's Staff knew of it's existence. CNN is supposed to examine the evidence out there, not just do a damage control video. Aren't damage control videos generally aired after a shocking truthful documentary.  What have you documented at all save innuendos and allegations of evidence that supposedly once existed. Your supposed trump card is your effort to prove the guess of a woman wrong.  Guesses are meaningless! So what if it was the guess of William's attorney. Having the ability to commit a crime is not evidence of a crime.  William's spoke as any truthful individual would have spoken at the time of the murders.  The fact that he linked his questioning to the murders happening means nothing,  When the Zodiac killer was unknown everyone in the area of the murders had the Zodiac killer on their minds and if questioned could easily say "This is about those Zodiac Killings isn't it?.  It wouldn't suggest they were the Killer.  Years later with innuendo you can get any number of people to doubt anything.  People are always willing to think the worst when you lead them there,  It once was called Propaganda. You showed no actual evidence at all. Linking Williams to the CIA does not prove murder.  Lee Harvey Oswald's alleged connection to the CIA has been used to try to prove his innocence. His girl friend came forward and claimed they worked on a project to give cancer to Castro. His girl friend testified she was using a blender to blending the most virulent tumors taken from rats that she then fed to more rats over and over to make a food item sure to cause cancer.  All that can be linked to a CIA connection is confusion or maybe a habit of the CIA to turning on their own for scape goats? Is it only Hawaii that gets these broadcasts? I doubt it, but who knows for sure?  How about the Japanese submarine shot though the conning tower out in front of Pearl Harbor one hour before the Japanese Planes attacked. The Captain of the USS Ward a Navy Destroyer and his whole crew were ridiculed as not being able to tell the difference between a submarine and a whale.  Now that the submarine was found, damage control has kicked in with a so called expert trying to convince the public that it was plausible mistake to imagine that the captain and crew could make such an error in judgement. Does anyone in the world believe it plausible that the Captain of a United States Navy Destroyer really could not tell the difference between an live animal and a big hunk of moving steel? I think even a five year old child could tell difference between those two things, but that was the cover story given and defended for years as to why no alarms were sounded to warn Pearl Harbor of the Japanese presence.  A lot of innocent lives were lost that day.  Now just one innocent man is allowed to rot in prison for what the CIA knows he did not do.  I though it was supposed to be just the other guy's who believe the end justifies the means.