Atlanta Child Murders.
Please sign our petition below.
Dear Madam Mayor, DA Ms. Willis, and any other appropriate official,
In 1982, Wayne Williams was convicted of murdering two adult males: Nathaniel Cater and Jimmy Ray Payne. He was also convicted in the court of public opinion when police agencies were closing cases by saying they had been cleared by the arrest of Mr. Williams. The Atlanta child murder cases were lumped together despite the ever-shifting MO, stabbed, strangled, blunt force trauma, shot. Prior to the arrest of Mr. Williams, there were other cases that were from the same area that bore the same MO, which was not impossible given almost every variation is present. The media, who was responsible for creating the count, did not include these. Why? And why was the public not told about the similarities in these cases or the differences to explain why they were not included? Since the arrest of Mr. Williams, there were multiple other murders that took place that also could have been included except for one thing - they destroyed the narrative that the killer was caught and the media had stopped counting to match that narrative.
In 2019, the city stated that it was reopening the cases to provide closure for the families of the victims. Since that point in time, there has been no visible movement on these reinvestigations. By reopening this case, the City of Atlanta has also shut down any requests under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") citing that they do not have to provide any such records while the investigation is pending. While denying these requests are understandable on some levels, it seems like it might just be a more defensive move as the City has not provided any updates as to what is going on, has been done, and is still left to do. It is in the public interest to provide updates even if it is a simple, "We are still working on x, y, z." At least it will appear that some efforts are being put into bringing forth this closure to the families, something that we all very much want to see them get.