Evidence linked Wayne Williams, inset above over one of the files in his case, to 22 murders in Atlanta beginning in 1979. The FBI’s involvement began in 1980 following the abduction of a 7-year-old girl.
On July 21, 1979, a 14-year-old boy disappeared. Four days later, another teen went missing. Both, it was soon learned, had been killed.
It was the beginning of a shocking series of murders—some 29 in all—that would take place over the next 22 months in Atlanta. The victims were all young African-Americans, and as the death toll mounted, so did fear and tension across the city.