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Wayne Williams
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Murderer (Alleged)
    (May 27, 1958- )
    Born in Atlanta, Georgia
    Full name was Wayne Bertram Williams
    Resided in Atlanta, Georgia
    Disc jockey, freelance photographer and talent scout
    Key suspect in Atlanta's child murders (July 1979-May 1981)
    Convicted and sentenced to two life terms imprisonment for two of the 29 victims' murders (February 27, 1982)
    Authorities declared an additional 23 of the 29 murders solved after his conviction
    He became a suspect in a crime series named 'Atlanta Child Murder Case', although some of the victims were adolescents and adults.
    Despite the victims' age differences, the murders were connected to specific areas of Atlanta.
    He was reportedly a pampered only child, whose parents spent excessive money supporting his entrepreneurial ventures while he lived with them and drove their cars.
    He was known for his habits of lying and outlandish storytelling.
    He was once arrested for impersonating a police officer.
    Before his arrest in the murder case, an organization named Committee to Stop Children's Murders (STOP) was formed to pressure authorities and city government to resolve the increasing murders more effectively.
    He was stopped and questioned by authorities after he drove away from a bridge where a patrolling officer had heard a loud water splash (May 22, 1981), and later the body of victim Nathaniel Cater was discovered in the river (May 24, 1981).
    When he was stopped after crossing the bridge, he stated that he was traveling to an appointment to assist a woman with a singing audition, but no verification of the appointment or woman was found.
    False information that he provided regarding his activities on May 22, 1981, along with false information he gave to media, was influential in his becoming a suspect in the murder case.
    During his trial, some underage boys stated that Williams had made sexual advances to them.
    Various fibers from Williams' environment which were matched to victims, along with eyewitness testimony, were the main evidence sources presented at his trial.
    He was convicted of murdering adult case victims Nathaniel Cater and Jimmy Payne, and authorities later considered 23 more murders in the case series solved.
    He was a successful high school honor graduate, and he started his own radio station in his parents home at age 16.
    He was described by many as talented and motivated.
    He was described as mild- mannered, unlike many serial killers.
    Rumors regarding his homosexuality could not be substantiated.
    His arrest in 1976 for police officer impersonation was his only encounter with the law before he became the Atlanta Child Murder suspect.
    During a news conference before his arrest, he stated 'I feel like I'm a scapegoat.'
    Some skeptics believe Williams' polygraph test results before his arrest and some outbursts during his trial were an indication of stress, not actual guilt regarding the murders.
    Several witnesses stated that they saw victim Nathaniel Cater alive the day after Williams was stopped by police at the bridge, but they did not testify and the jury was not informed.
    An expert witness suggested that the autopsies of Cater and Jimmy Payne showed no solid indication of murder, and that they could have died from drowning or natural causes.
    There was skepticism regarding the connection of fibers found on victims to Williams, along with the credibility of some of the testifying witnesses.
    Among those suspected of possible involvement with the Atlanta Child Murders are the Ku Klux Klan, Satanists, and undetected multiple killers with a possible sexual motive.
    Abductions and murders of children and adults which allegedly had similarities to the Child Murder patterns occurred in the Atlanta area for several years after Williams' incarceration.
    In May 2005, a DeKalb County, Georgia police chief ordered the reopening of the cases of five victims killed in the county between February and May 1981. The investigation ended with no new evidence in June 2006.
    Dog hair that was used to convict Williams was DNA tested for a possible appeal (January 2007), but the released test results did not exonerate him.
    His continued denial of involvement in the murders was supported by many people, including some of the victims' loved ones.

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