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The Atlanta Child Murders 

The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community. When a black photographer is arrested for the crimes, controversy erupts over ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Jason Robards ...  Alvin Binder 2 episodes, 1985
James Earl Jones ...  Major Walker 2 episodes, 1985
Rip Torn ...  Lewis Slaton 2 episodes, 1985
Morgan Freeman ...  Ben Shelter 2 episodes, 1985
Calvin Levels ...  Wayne Williams 2 episodes, 1985
Lynne Moody ...  Selena Cobb 2 episodes, 1985
Ruby Dee ...  Faye Williams 2 episodes, 1985
Gloria Foster ...  Camille Bell 2 episodes, 1985
Paul Benjamin ...  Homer Williams 2 episodes, 1985
Andrew Robinson ...  Jack Mallard 2 episodes, 1985
Christopher Allport ...  Larry Peterson 2 episodes, 1985
Guy Boyd ...  Mike Edwards 2 episodes, 1985
Gary Graham ...  Ken Lawson 2 episodes, 1985
Bill Paxton ...  Campbell 2 episodes, 1985
Percy Rodrigues ...  Mayor Jackson 2 episodes, 1985
William Allen Young ...  Withers 2 episodes, 1985
Martin Sheen ...  Chet Dettlinger 2 episodes, 1985
Tina Andrews ...  Gwendolyn 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Alldredge ...  Bobby Tolin 2 episodes, 1985
Jim Antonio ...  Gilliland 2 episodes, 1985
Stephen Godwin Stephen Godwin ...  Jerry Heckler 2 episodes, 1985
Ernest Harden Jr. ...  Cool Breeze 2 episodes, 1985
Don Hood ...  McLean 2 episodes, 1985
Kenneth Kimmins ...  Broderick 2 episodes, 1985
Christopher Maher Christopher Maher ...  Dr. Saleh Zaki 2 episodes, 1985
Alley Mills ...  Amy Kennear 2 episodes, 1985
CCH Pounder ...  Venus Taylor 2 episodes, 1985
Veronica Redd Veronica Redd ...  Sharon Blakely 2 episodes, 1985
Henry G. Sanders ...  Judge Clarence Cooper 2 episodes, 1985
Lisa Blake Richards ...  Helen Dettlinger 2 episodes, 1985
Barbara Sammeth ...  Connie Levine 2 episodes, 1985
Essex Smith Essex Smith ...  Robert Henry 2 episodes, 1985
Harold Sylvester ...  Hindsman 2 episodes, 1985
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ...  Margaret Carter 2 episodes, 1985
Charles Weldon ...  John Bell 2 episodes, 1985
John Wesley ...  Tombe Chorro 2 episodes, 1985
Mark Arnold ...  David Dingle 2 episodes, 1985
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The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community. When a black photographer is arrested for the crimes, controversy erupts over whether he is the actual killer or a scapegoat offered up by the city's mostly black leadership. Based on actual events. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 February 1985 (USA) See more »

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Steve James and Christopher Allport also appeared in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). See more »


Camille Bell: We've got ourselves a black mayor, we've got ourselves a black commissioner of public safety, black councilman, we've got everything black from top to bottom! We got everything! But protection for our black children.
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Alternate Versions

Originally shown on CBS as a two-part mini-series, part 1 ran for two hours and part 2 ran for three hours. The UK VHS version was released (circa 1985) as a three-part mini-series. See more »

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Waye Williams was a patsy
28 December 2006 | by robertgriffin35See all my reviews

I remember watching this movie, I was about 14 years old living in California at the time, and it still scared the hell out of me. Even to this day I don't know if I would or could watch it again due to that fact. Most people think that the killings stopped when Wayne was put behind bars but they didn't. The FBI, even the President of the United States knew that a race war could blow up in downtown Atlanta if the public knew what the FBI knew of certain members of the KKK's involvement. The FBI have phone taps of certain members of the KKK, one person more then any other knew a lot of those kids that had been killed, even telling an FBI informant that he was going to kill one of them. Guess what that kid ended up being killed.

Now im not saying that Wayne is innocent of any of the killings, but things don't make since. A serial killer hardly ever changes his course. Ted Bundy loved brunettes with parts down the middle of their hair, Wayne Gacy loved white men who were gay. The Green River killer killed street walkers. Are we to believe that Wayne Williams went from killing little kids to full grown adults??? Are we to believe that Wayne Williams killed these adults by himself, strangled them even though some were bigger and stronger then he was and then toss them into a river.

No murder weapon was ever found, stories have been changed to fit Wayne Williams must of been the culprit.

Wayne Williams have recently tried to get DNA testing, which I do not know has been passed or denied, but why would it be denied? That one person the FBI had hard feelings about stated he had a Siberian Husky, Wanye Williams had a Shepard. EArly stories of some of the killings stated that Husky hair had been found, Later they to changed to Shepard hairs in changing of stories.

5 of the kids that were found were found in a park where this person and his brother visited on a regular basis.

Also most serial killers keep trophies, nothing like this was ever found at any spot where Wayne Williams lived or worked at? People say he hated black youths, but then the same people say he loved to seduce black teens.

I don't think we will ever know what happened in Atlanta, so many witness have changed stories, people have died, Aids probably killed a lot of witness, or people close to the case. The victims were raped, and Aids being pretty much a fast death sentence at that time could of probably killed the killer(s) as well.

I for one do not thing Wayne Williams was given a fair trial. The trial was rushed, his lawyers were buried with a mountain of evidence to sort thru in such a limited time. Witness changed their stories in mid trial. Williams' layweres were not allowed certain evidence that would help to release him.

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