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Atlanta Child Murders: DNA Implicates Wayne Williams In Killing Case

Atlanta Child Murders: DNA Implicates Wayne Williams In Killing Case
Atlanta Child Murders: DNA Implicates Wayne Williams In Killing Case

One of the great questions troubling civil rights observers over the years has been whether the justice system got it right in convicting unassuming Wayne Williams in the Atlanta child killings in the 1980s.

The killings did seem to stop when Williams went to prison, but Williams' claims of innocence always seemed to many to have a ring of truth, and conspiracy theorists made reasonable and somewhat convincing arguments surrounding the circumstances of Williams' arrest and conviction.
Thanks to DNA evidence, which has rescued dozens of wrongly accused men in recent years, though, it seems that justice wasn't blind when it sent Williams to prison.
New results have implicated Williams in the death of 11-year-old murder victim Patrick Baltazar, whose body was found behind an office park in 1981.

From 1979 to 1981, fear gripped Atlanta as more than 24 black children and young men were killed.

Williams, an aspiring radio deejay, became a suspect, when his car was spotted by police near a murder scene. The alibi he gave police fell apart and then he failed a lie-detector test. Then fibers taken from one of the victims appeared to match those of Williams and his dog.

During the trial, Williams took the stand but became agitated and bickered with prosecutors. He was convicted in 1982 of murdering two people and was sentenced to consecutive life terms.

Despite the DNA testing, it is not 100 percent certain Williams killed Baltazar, but the enhanced testing done today of the hair samples taken from the victim point strongly to Williams being the guilty man.

Its understandable that Sheila Baltazar, the victim's stepmother, said she believed "without a shadow of a doubt" that Williams was guilty. In the search for closure, it is human nature to point the finger at anyone authorities say is the perpetrator right or wrong.
Williams, 53, for his part, said he never met the boy.

Baltazar was one of the 11 deaths presented to the jury in Williams' trial. He wasn't charged in those deaths but was convicted in the murder of two adults whose bodies were found in an Atlanta river in 1981.

Little in the case against Wayne Williams is nice, easy or straightforward - the way we would like to see murder investigations resolved. With all of the evidence presented, it's hard to see a scenario, where Williams is innocent of all of the killings.

Likewise, its hard to envision Williams as being guilty of all of the murders in the case, which leaves me with the troubling notion that while a guilty man is rightfully in prison, a murderer may have avoided capture all these years.
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  1. This man did not killed these kids. Every person in Atlanta knows that in the early 80's the KKK was strong in the Atlanta area. Not to many blacks lived outside of highway 285 and whites did not welcome blacks in the surrounding area such as Clayton County and Dekalb County. Yes the killings stop when Wayne Williams went to prison because the KKK had a black person to blame and they got off free. The Police force in Atlanta still had red-necks in their department who know the KKK was involve also.

  2. Keith, you are correct. The KKK killed several of the victims. Lubie Geter is one of them. Patrick Baltazar is another one. Margaret Jackson, behind building 9 on Corporate Square Boulevard, in a remote section of the lot, observed a man she very clearly and accurately described as one of the Sanders family men. He had just dumped the body of Patrick Baltazar. Caucasian DNA were found on some hair samples on his body and on the bodies of several other victims.

    Fingerprints on Terry Pue's body were not Wayne's. Fingerprints found on items next to the body of Earl Terrell were matched with the Sanders man's prints. Jamie Brooks, the now-deceased laundromat manager, was actually seen killing Clifford Jones.

    A pedophile/child pornography ring also killed a large number of victims. Some of the people in this were known satanists and had members all the way up to the local government and also amongst the police force.

    The bridge incident? A set-up, pure and simple. The splash? There was no splash. All part of the set-up.

    Tape recordings of the killer (not Wayne's voice) taunting the police. Tapped phone conversations in which Charles Sanders said he would kill Lubie Geters.

    Piles and piles of evidence which prove Wayne is not guilty. He may be an accessory but he never actually killed anyone.


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