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The Atlanta Child Murders or The Murder of Blacks in Atlanta

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“Sombrero Galaxy”

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#1 Feb 18, 2013
In a four-month period, two very high profile street murders of whites by blacks would crystallize their fears:� On June 28, 1979, a young white doctor attending one of the city's conventions was murdered by two black robbers.� Then on October 17, 1979, a mentally unstable black man gunned down a white legal secretary on her birthday.� Everyone was outraged and the media demanded a crackdown on crime.
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#2 Feb 18, 2013
Fourteen-year-old Edward Hope Smith lived in one of Atlanta's lower income housing projects on Cape Street in southwest Atlanta. It was a destitute place that many had the misfortune of living and few had the means to escape, even though Edward had tried. It isn't difficult to understand why anyone would want to run away from such a disheartening place where more garbage filled the streets than people. Just after midnight in the early morning of July 21, 1979, Edward left a skating rink where he had spent the evening with his girlfriend and began the long walk home.

Alfred Evans
Several days later, his friend fourteen-year-old Alfred Evans, who lived on the other side of town off Memorial Drive in the East Lake Meadows housing projects, left home to see a karate movie in downtown Atlanta.
Both boys were very athletic. Smith was a football fanatic and Evans was equally exuberant about basketball, professional wrestling, boxing and karate. Smith was training to play on the high school football team in the fall and Evans played basketball and boxed. These boys had promise, despite their disadvantaged status. They had dreams that they were enthusiastically pursuing.

Dreams became nightmares when Edward never got home from the skating rink that morning and Alfred didn't make it to the karate movie. Instead, both of them were found July 28 in a wooded area off Niskey Lake Road in the southwestern part of the city. Edward had been killed with a .22-caliber gun and Alfred by an undetermined means -- the medical examiner guessed at asphyxia, possibly resulting from strangulation. Both boys were dressed in black, but Edward's socks and distinctive football shirt were missing; Alfred was wearing a belt that wasn't his. Edward was easily identified with dental records, but Alfred's identification is still debated.

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#3 Feb 18, 2013
What happened? Police determined that both boys had at least some involvement with drugs and were possibly together at a pot party. One caller claimed that Alfred shot Edward and a third boy strangled Alfred in a fit of rage. These stories did not work well with the difference of days between their disappearances, nor did the caller ever show up to make a formal statement. Well, that's all the police needed to hear: black boys involved with drugs (no matter how tangentially)-- sad, but it happens all the time. Further investigation was very limited.

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#4 Feb 18, 2013
While the police may have been able to get away with dismissing the deaths of Smith and Evans as "drug-related," it was certainly not the case with fourteen-year-old Milton Harvey. His parents had extricated Milton from the high-risk projects years ago and moved him to a pleasant middle-class neighborhood in northwest Atlanta.� He didn't go to school on the first day of the session because his mother had inadvertently bought him the "wrong" kind of sneakers and he couldn't face the embarrassment.� That day, September 4, 1979, Milton borrowed a bike and took a check to the bank to pay a credit card bill for his mother. He disappeared along with the bicycle, which was found a week later on a deserted dirt lane named Sandy Creek Road.
Miltons badly decomposed remains were found in mid-November in a rubbish dump off Redwine Road in the suburb of East Point, a jurisdiction outside of Atlantas city limits, and many miles from the bicycle and Milton's home. His death was not at first considered a homicide since there were no marks of violence on the skeletal remains.
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#5 Feb 18, 2013
A few weeks before Milton's remains were found, Yusef Bell, an extremely gifted nine-year-old, disappeared on his way to the store to buy snuff for a neighbor.� After buying the snuff, a woman thought she saw him get into a blue car with a man she believed was the former husband of Yusef's mother Camille.� The police later discounted this sighting.
Unlike the earlier three cases, Yusef's disappearance received some media attention as Camille begged the abductor to release her well-loved boy.� Her community was rallying around her for emotional support.

Camille's hopes vanished when a school custodian in the abandoned E.P. Johnson Elementary School discovered Yusef on November 8th. His body had been wedged into a concrete hole in the floor. He had been strangled to death, either by hand or ligature.�The boy had been barefoot when he disappeared and was still barefoot when he was found, but the bottoms of his feet had been washed clean.

This case had finally captured the attention of the community at large. Yusef's funeral was a major event. City officials, black leaders and politicians of every color fell all over themselves to give their condolences to Camille and mourn the tragic death of this promising young man.� Mayor Jackson promised a full investigation but none of the four murders were considered connected -- just random acts of violence that "happen" in poor black neighborhoods.

Camille Bell and her friends didn't buy that story and realized that these murders were not typical.� They continued to articulate their displeasure at the efforts of the police and the city administration, which they considered too distant from its black constituency.� Along with this vocal displeasure crept in the fear that the murders were racially motivated and that the Klan was behind it.

The police got some breathing room between the last half of November and early March.� In March of 1980, the killing of black children and youths began in earnest.

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#6 Feb 18, 2013
The lull came to a nasty end on March 4, 1980 when twelve-year-old Angel Lenair finished her homework and left her apartment in southwest Atlanta. When she didn't come home for her favorite television show, her mother Venus Taylor called the police. As Angel was approaching puberty, her mother worried more and more. Their home was near Fort McPherson and men were starting to take an interest in Angel.

Venus Taylor's worst fears were confirmed on March 10, 1980 when the police found Angel's body tied to a tree with an electrical cord around her neck and a pair of panties that did not belong to Angel stuffed into her mouth. Cause of death was asphyxiation by strangulation with the electrical cord. Although Angel's hymen had been broken and there were some minor abrasions in the genital area, the medical examiner did not interpret those facts to mean evidence of sexual assault. Those findings became controversial and did not mean that Angel was not the victim of some sexual abuse.

This particular case was quite different than the previous cases, in that the victim was female and her body was found under different circumstances than the previous male victims. There were two suspects, who were eventually cleared of the murder. http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_kil...

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#7 Feb 18, 2013
The very next day after Angel's body was found, Jefferey Mathis, aged ten, had left his home to buy cigarettes for his mother in the early evening. Like Yusef Bell, Jefferey would never return from his errand, which was only a few blocks away from his home. His mother Willie Mae Mathis became worried when he was gone over an hour and sent her other sons to look for him. Later that night, a patrolman told Mrs. Mathis to call the missing person's department if he did not come home by morning.

What she did not immediately understand when she contacted that department the next day is that the missing person's department at that time in the Atlanta Police Department — and in many major cities — did very little to investigate the disappearance of young people. It was assumed that children and teenagers were runaways and not the victims of foul play.

Jefferey had last been seen by a friend getting into the backseat of a blue car, possibly a Buick. Thirteen days after Mathis had gone missing, Willie Turner, who had recognized Mathis' picture from the newspaper, claimed that he saw Jefferey in a blue NOVA car, driven by a white adult man. Willie Turner also told police that the man he had seen with Mathis had later in the week pulled a gun on him before taking off in his car. Police did little in response to the information given by Turner. The report was filed away and forgotten. The blue car that was earlier seen by Mathis' friend in connection with Jefferey's disappearance was very similar to the description of a car seen by an eyewitness in a later disappearance case of a boy named Aaron Wyche. Jefferey Mathis' two brothers had also reported seeing a blue Buick in the driveway of a house that Jefferey frequented. Interestingly, shortly after Mathis' disappearance, boys from his school had complained to their principle that two black men in a blue car had attempted to lure them away from the schoolyard. The youngsters had memorized the license plate and reported it to police. Once again, police did little to investigate the matter. http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_kil...

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#8 Feb 18, 2013
Eric Middlebrooks, 14, got a phone call around 10:30 P.M Sunday night, May 18, 1980. He immediately grabbed his tools and told his foster mother he was going out to repair his bike. Early the next morning, his body was found a few blocks away. His bicycle was nearby. Eric had been bludgeoned to death.

As police looked into this murder, it was suspected that Eric had been eyewitness to a robbery and that the robbery suspects were also the murder suspects. However, there was insufficient proof.

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#9 Feb 18, 2013
Just outside the city limits of Atlanta in the Decatur, twelve-year-old Christopher Richardson lived in a nice middle class neighborhood with his grandparents and mother. In the early afternoon of June 9, 1980, Christopher went to a local recreation center to swim. He never got there.

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#10 Feb 18, 2013
A few weeks later in the early morning of June 22, 1980, an amazing crime occurred. Seven-year-old LaTonya Wilson was abducted from her home. A neighbor claimed that she saw a black man remove the windowpane in the Wilson apartment, climb into the apartment and leave with the little girl in his arms. Chet Dettlinger in his book The List describes how difficult it would have been to do what the neighbor claimed she saw:

"If, as the neighbor said, the kidnapper climbed through that window, he stepped squarely onto a bed where two other Wilson children were asleep. Neither woke up. Once inside, he stole LaTonya from her bed, carrying her past the door of her parents' room. He walked out the back door, leaving it ajar. Outside, he is said to have paused in the parking lot to speak to another black male, all the while holding the limp figure of LaTonya Wilson under his right arm."

Whoever was responsible for these murders and disappearances was approaching a record in the history of crime. What the citizens of Atlanta, the city government and eventually the FBI didn't realize was that it was just the beginning. What Bernard Headley aptly named "A Summer of Death" was just beginning.
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#11 Feb 18, 2013
The cumulative ineffectiveness of the Atlanta police to solve the growing number of missing and murdered children galvanized three of the victims' mothers — Camille Bell, Willie Mae Mathis and Venus Taylor — to join with Reverend Earl Carroll to form the Committee to Stop Children's Murders (STOP). The group pressured both the Atlanta city government and sought support from the white corporate power structure.

Aaron Wyche
The group was formed none too soon because the day after La Tonya Wilson's shocking abduction, ten-year-old Aaron Wyche disappeared. The next day his body was found beneath a six-lane highway bridge that passed over railroad tracks in DeKalb County. His death was caused by asphyxia, said the medical examiner, because he landed in a way that prevented him from breathing. This death was not initially considered a homicide even though Aaron was deathly afraid of heights and would not have voluntarily climbed that trestle unless he was running away from someone. The assumption was that Aaron fell off the bridge, despite the fact that the guardrails on the bridge were almost as high as Aaron was. Dettlinger says, "There is no way Aaron Wyche could have fallen off that bridge. Jumped or been thrown, maybe; but fall off, no way."

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July 6, 1980, nine-year-old Anthony Carter was out playing hide and seek with his cousin after 1 A.M. in the morning when he vanished. He was found stabbed to death the next day behind a warehouse less than a mile from his home.

Throughout this epidemic of murder and missing children, the Atlanta police maintained that the cases were separate and not connected. The general attitude was that Atlanta in recent history had a high rate of murdered children. However, after the publicity that the mothers' group STOP was getting, the city government bowed to the political pressure and announced the formation of a task force in mid-July to focus their investigative efforts.

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#13 Feb 18, 2013
Two weeks later on July 30, 1980, eleven-year-old Earl Terrell went with some friends to the South Bend Park swimming pool. Earl began to misbehave and the lifeguard threw him out of the pool. After that, Earl disappeared.

Earl's aunt, who lived next door, got a phone call. "I've got Earl. Don't' call the police," he told her. Shortly afterwards, the man — who sounded like a white southerner — called back, saying, "I've got Earl. He's in Alabama. It will cost you $200 to get him back. I will call back on Friday." (Detlinger and Prugh).

According to Detlinger, police learned of a child pornography ring that was operating right across the street from the South Bend Park pool. John David Wilcoxen was convicted when police found thousands of photos of children pornographically displayed. Police dismissed the connection between Wilcoxen and Terrell because the photos were of white boys, but a witness claimed that Earl Terrell had been to Wilcoxen's house several times. Also, there was some disagreement as to whether the photos were actually all white boys or not.
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#14 Feb 18, 2013
My opinion on this is that the man who did it is in jail so I don't understand why blacks still try to convince themselves that the KKK did or some other WM did it.

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I think that a Black serial killer was so unheard of at the time. So he was able to get away with if for many years.

Black life isn't that valued in America. The same way most white serial killers target hookers. Because their lives aren't valued.

Serial killers maybe crazy but they aren't stupid.

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sassyntrashy wrote:
My opinion on this is that the man who did it is in jail so I don't understand why blacks still try to convince themselves that the KKK did or some other WM did it.
I can see both sides of the aisles. I believe that Wayne Williams did some of the murders, but not all. One of the murdered boys, Clifford Jones had his murder witnessed by one witness and the disposal of his body by others. The suspect is question was not Wayne Williams.

As far as supposed KKK involvement many blacks believed that the clan was involved because a clan member, Charles Sanders had promised to strangle one of the boys; Lubie Geter. Geter was later found strangled.
In the case of Earl Terrel, a wm(John Wilcoxen)next door to the pool that he frequently visited was a pedophile with the pics of over a hundred boys. Police brushed aside any connection between the murdered John and Earl because they said that John had only pics of white boys, but a police recruit said that he had pics of blacks as well. Also Earl was known to have visited his house.
http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_kil...
In the case of Yusef Bell, a witness claimed to last see Yusef with a wm and said that when he saw the same wm and asked about Yusef, the guy pulled a gun on him.
In another incident, a wm tried to abduct a black boy. The wm followed the black boy to his apartment. He broke into the apartment and ransacked it while the boy was hiding. Later when the boy was with his mother, the same man appeared. He knocked on the door but when the mother answered he did not answer. Th boy soy the wm's face through the living room window. The woman then screamed when she saw that he was attempting to unlock the door. Apparently the man became very frightened and left.
Later on, he called back and aid that he was going to kill the boy.
Then the boy went to his grandmother's, but the wm somehow managed to find out that he was there. According to the boy, he was chased around for several blocks, before escaping. A witness confirmed the boy's account. The FBI polygraphed all three witnesses and the polygraph revealed that they were telling the truth.

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#17 Feb 18, 2013
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I think that a Black serial killer was so unheard of at the time. So he was able to get away with if for many years.
Black life isn't that valued in America. The same way most white serial killers target hookers. Because their lives aren't valued.
Serial killers maybe crazy but they aren't stupid.
Most likely the crimes were done by more than one killer
I can see both sides of the aisles. I believe that Wayne Williams did some of the murders, but not all. One of the murdered boys, Clifford Jones had his murder witnessed by one witness and the disposal of his body by others. The suspect is question was not Wayne Williams.

As far as supposed KKK involvement many blacks believed that the clan was involved because a clan member, Charles Sanders had promised to strangle one of the boys; Lubie Geter. Geter was later found strangled.
In the case of Earl Terrel, a wm(John Wilcoxen)next door to the pool that he frequently visited was a pedophile with the pics of over a hundred boys. Police brushed aside any connection between the murdered John and Earl because they said that John had only pics of white boys, but a police recruit said that he had pics of blacks as well. Also Earl was known to have visited his house.
http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_kil...
In the case of Yusef Bell, a witness claimed to last see Yusef with a wm and said that when he saw the same wm and asked about Yusef, the guy pulled a gun on him.
In another incident, a wm tried to abduct a black boy. The wm followed the black boy to his apartment. He broke into the apartment and ransacked it while the boy was hiding. Later when the boy was with his mother, the same man appeared. He knocked on the door but when the mother answered he did not answer. Th boy soy the wm's face through the living room window. The woman then screamed when she saw that he was attempting to unlock the door. Apparently the man became very frightened and left.
Later on, he called back and aid that he was going to kill the boy.
Then the boy went to his grandmother's, but the wm somehow managed to find out that he was there. According to the boy, he was chased around for several blocks, before escaping. A witness confirmed the boy's account. The FBI polygraphed all three witnesses and the polygraph revealed that they were telling the truth.

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#19 Feb 18, 2013
You have sick fcuks across the board. No one particular race has cornered the market in "crazy"; its just that certain races have the proclivity to do certain heinous sh!t more than others.

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sassyntrashy wrote:
My opinion on this is that the man who did it is in jail so I don't understand why blacks still try to convince themselves that the KKK did or some other WM did it.
Here you go again. Are you really African American? I don't think so. The truth is, there was a secret recording of two men by the FBI that were members of the KKK. They were recorded in the boundaries of areas right next door to Atlanta in Tennessee. The recordings were in detail of how the murders of Daryl Cabrey and another child were committed and left for dead in creeks near a bridge in Decatur. Its also a known fact that two particular officers who were Caucasian were indicated to have botched evidence purposely and had some knowledge of the group responsible for the killings. Although a task force was assigned to investigate the murders, the recordings could not be used as evidence because they were recorded without the knowledge or permission of the recorded individuals. There were many things that went wrong in these cases pointing to at least 6 different people but could not be substantiated because the target individuals would not cooperate. They continued to be monitored by the FBI, thus getting the recording. There may have been some significance to the jailed individual, but with the publics' cry of a arrest, the jailed individual served only as an escape and resolution in an effort to quiet down the media and public from so many botched evidence and tampered with evidence. There was evidence of a conspiracy and the FBI knew who the players were, as more evidence began to build up, it was determined that a faction of the KKK that lived on the borders of Kentucky and Atlanta and surrounding areas were responsible but never brought to trial and at least two or three of those suspected individuals died, and any other trails grew cold after the suspected individuals deceased. I followed those cases very closely, while Wayne Williams paid for all the murders, the FBI contacted the Atlanta Police department and knew there were others involved and transferred what they knew to those administrative people in the police department. Those administrative individuals never followed up with the information and thats where the botched investigation took place. All of this information is a matter of record. You can research on the internet and find everything I have expressed on line. That makes your response invalid.

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#21 Feb 18, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
<quoted text>I can see both sides of the aisles. I believe that Wayne Williams did some of the murders, but not all. One of the murdered boys, Clifford Jones had his murder witnessed by one witness and the disposal of his body by others. The suspect is question was not Wayne Williams.

As far as supposed KKK involvement many blacks believed that the clan was involved because a clan member, Charles Sanders had promised to strangle one of the boys; Lubie Geter. Geter was later found strangled.
In the case of Earl Terrel, a wm(John Wilcoxen)next door to the pool that he frequently visited was a pedophile with the pics of over a hundred boys. Police brushed aside any connection between the murdered John and Earl because they said that John had only pics of white boys, but a police recruit said that he had pics of blacks as well. Also Earl was known to have visited his house.
http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_kil...
In the case of Yusef Bell, a witness claimed to last see Yusef with a wm and said that when he saw the same wm and asked about Yusef, the guy pulled a gun on him.
In another incident, a wm tried to abduct a black boy. The wm followed the black boy to his apartment. He broke into the apartment and ransacked it while the boy was hiding. Later when the boy was with his mother, the same man appeared. He knocked on the door but when the mother answered he did not answer. Th boy soy the wm's face through the living room window. The woman then screamed when she saw that he was attempting to unlock the door. Apparently the man became very frightened and left.
Later on, he called back and aid that he was going to kill the boy.
Then the boy went to his grandmother's, but the wm somehow managed to find out that he was there. According to the boy, he was chased around for several blocks, before escaping. A witness confirmed the boy's account. The FBI polygraphed all three witnesses and the polygraph revealed that they were telling the truth.
wow that's interesting. Besides tge fact that there were witnesses, everybody in the south knows how kkk members were also police, judges, lawyers etc. They had connections and can get away with a lot. there's always some truth to rumors. I don't think Wayne Williams killed any of them kids and he was only convicted of killing the two grown men.

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