WayneWilliam’s Case from Atlanta, Georgia
TheWayne Williams case of Atlanta involves a series of more than 23murders in which Wayne Williams was charged with two of the cases andlinked with many other murders in the same period with the samecharacteristics. The jury found Mr. Wayne Williams guilty of themurder of two young people Carter and Payne and subsequentlysentenced to life imprisonment.
WayneBertram Williams is an American who was born in 1958 and was raisedin Atlanta, Georgia. His interest in radio and journalism pushed himto come up with his own radio station. It was rumored in hiscommunity that he was a liar who invented impressive stories thatwere too good to be true and in the year 1976, Wayne was arrested forimpersonating a police officer but he was not convicted for theoffence[ CITATION Jua l 1033 ].
Thearrest, trial and conviction of Wayne Williams began as a result ofevents that began way back in 1979 which saw the beginning of aseries of 29 murders that occurred over the following 22 months inAtlanta. It was observed that all the victims were young AfricanAmericans. In the year 1980 the Federal Bureau of Investigation waspermitted involvement in the killings. In 1981, the investigatorsdiscovered that the killer dumped victims in the Chattahoochee Riverwhich prompted surveillance of the bridges[ CITATION Fed14 l 1033 ].
Duringone of the Stakeouts, the surveillance team heard a splash and avehicle crossed the bridge, turned on the other side and crossed thebridge once more. The vehicle was later to be stopped and theauthorities identified Williams who was let go. Two days later a bodywas found downstream and the authorities directed their focus onWilliams. It was discovered that his alibi was poor and he alsofailed three polygraph examinations [ CITATION Fed14 l 1033 ].
Inaddition, evidence consistent with William’s home car and dogincluded hairs and fibers from another victim’s body. Witnessesalso informed the police that they had noticed Williams had scratcheson his face and hands and approximately a month after the bridgeincident, Williams was arrested for the Murder of Carter and Payne(Wikipedia). During the trial, fiber sources from Williams home werematched to victims as well as eyewitnesses who placed Williams withseveral victims, coupled with his inconsistent account of hiswhereabouts. All this evidence led to the conviction of Williams whowas found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. The authoritiesalso held him responsible for at least 23 out of 29 other murders toWilliams[ CITATION Dou86 l 1033 ].
Justlike most cases, Wayne Williams’s murder case did not miss anycriticism with members of the community including family members ofvictims not believing that Williams could have killed so many people.There were other critics who based their arguments on the claims thatofficials covered up evidence that the murders were gang-related aswell as the criticism that the investigation was not thoroughlycarried out hence compromising the validity and authenticity of theconclusions. Williams had claimed involvement of the Ku Klux Klan inthe murders but the police dropped the probe when members of the KKK,Sanders and his two brothers passed lie detector tests[ CITATION The92 l 1033 ].
Williamsattempt to request a retrial were rejected by a federal judge in2006. The rejection may have been due to the fact that both forensicand behavioral findings and evidence before, during and after thearrest conclusively pointed to Wayne Williams hence the major reasonas to why the FBIs report stated clearly that Wayne Williams can inno way be excluded as a major suspect in the murder cases[ CITATION Jim10 l 1033 ].
TheAtlanta murder case has brought out mixed feelings and views fromdifferent parties including, community members, victims’ families,government authorities and legal professionals. In as much as thereare factors that may seem out of place during the investigation, itmay seem more appealing to any person following this case thatsomehow Wayne Williams was involved in the murders. It would beinteresting to note that the killings ceased immediately followingthe arrest and conviction of Wayne Bertram Williams.
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