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Atlanta Child Murders
May 27, 1958 Wayne Williams is born in Atlanta
  Atlanta Child Murders
July 21, 1979 Edward Hope Smith is seen for the last time. Unknown at the time, he would become the first of what today is known as the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
July 28, 1979 Police find the remains of two bodies, Edward Hope Smith and a friend, 14-year old Alfred Evans
  Atlanta Child Murders
September 4, 1979 14-year old Milton Harvey disappears while on an errand for his mother. His bike is found a week later in a remote area of Atlanta. His body won't be found until November
  Atlanta Child Murders
October 21, 1979 9-year Yusef Bell disappears. His body will be found on November 8
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 4, 1980 12-year old Angel Lenair doesn't come home as expected. Her body is discovered on March 10. She may have been assaulted.
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 11, 1980 10-year old Jeffrey Mathis disappears. By the time his body is found 11 months later it is impossible to determine the cause of death
  Atlanta Child Murders
May 18, 1980 Eric Middlebrooks vanishes. His body is found the next day.
  Atlanta Child Murders
June 9, 1980 Chris Richardson, 12, is missing, never returning after a trip to a nearby swimming pool.
  Atlanta Child Murders
June 22, 1980 Latonya Wilson is taken from her home. She is the second girl missing.
  Atlanta Child Murders
June 23, 1980 Aaron Wyche, 10, is added to the list of Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
July 6, 1980 Anthony Carter, 9, vanishes while playing near his home. His body is recovered the next day, dead from multiple knife wounds.
  Atlanta Child Murders
August 14, 1980 Atlanta Police form a task force to investigate and analyze the evidence in the string of child murders that has occurred in the city
  Atlanta Child Murders
August 20, 1980 Clifford Jones, 13, strangled.
  Atlanta Child Murders
September 14, 1980 Darren Glass, 11, is missing. His body is never found.
  Atlanta Child Murders
October 9, 1980 Charles Stephens, 12, strangled.
  Atlanta Child Murders
November 1, 1980 Aaron Jackson, 9, reported missing. His body is found the following day, dead from asphyxiation
  Atlanta Child Murders
November 6, 1980 The Attorney General directs the FBI to join the investigation of missing and murdered children in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
  Atlanta Child Murders
January 3, 1981 Lubie Geter, 14, strangled
  Atlanta Child Murders
January 22, 1981 Terry Pue, 15, strangled
  Atlanta Child Murders
February 6, 1981 Patrick Baltazar, 12, strangled.
  Atlanta Child Murders
February 19, 1981 Curtis Walker, 13, strangled
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 2, 1981 Jo-Jo Bell, 16, strangled.
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 11, 1981 Timothy Hill is missing. His body will be found on March 30, strangled
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 13, 1981 President Reagan announces additional federal aid for the murdered and missing youth in Atlanta
  Atlanta Child Murders
April 21, 1981 CORE Director Ray Innis claims to have a photo of the Atlanta child killer
  Atlanta Child Murders
April 23, 1981 Atlanta Public Safety Commissioner Lee Brown clears the man identified by CORE Director Ray Innis as a suspect in the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
May 22, 1981 Hearing a splash on the James Jackson Parkway (Cobb Drive) bridge, police stop a car driven by Wayne Williams and question the susect.
  Atlanta Child Murders
May 24, 1981 The body of Nathaniel Cater, 27, is discovered on the banks of the Chattahoochee, downstream from the James Jackson bridge
  Atlanta Child Murders
June 21, 1981 Wayne William is arrested, charged with the murders of Nathaniel Cater and Jimmy Payne, the last of the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
December 28, 1981 Trial begins for Wayne Williams, accused murderer who is charged with committing the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
December 28, 1981 Trial begins for Wayne Williams, accused murderer who is charged with committing the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
January 4, 1982 Jury selection completed in the trial of Wayne Williams
  Atlanta Child Murders
January 6, 1982 District Attorney Lewis Slayton begins opening arguments in the trial of Wayne Williams
  Atlanta Child Murders
January 8, 1982 First witnesses are called in the Wayne Williams trial
  Atlanta Child Murders
January 19, 1982 Controversial fiber evidence introduced by Lewis Slayton in the Wayne Williams Atlanta Child Murders Trial is ruled admissible by Judge Clarence Cooper. Today this type of evidence is normally admitted.
  Clarence Cooper
  Atlanta Child Murders
January 25, 1982 Judge Clarence Cooper allows testimony linking Wayne Williams to murders other than the two he is charged with.
  Atlanta Child Murders
  Clarence Cooper
February 4, 1982 Fulton County District Attorney Lewis Slayton rests in the case against Wayne Williams.
  Atlanta Child Murders
  Fulton County, Georgia
February 24, 1982 Following almost two months of trial, the defense rests in the Wayne Williams case.
  Atlanta Child Murders
February 27, 1982 Wayne Williams found guilty in Atlanta Child murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
May 6, 2005 Dekalb County Police Chief Louis Graham re-opens the case against Wayne Williams.
  Atlanta Child Murders
  DeKalb County, Georgia


Wayne Williams terrorized Atlanta's African-American neighborhoods for two years in what became known as the Atlanta Child Murders case.




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