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Theory of Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered Children 1979-1981

Ask natives of Atlanta who killed the black children of the early 80’s and you’d get many different theories….here’s mines.

In 1979, a list began to form of black children being murdered in metro Atlanta. By 1980 they were being called the Missing and Murdered Children of Atlanta. By the next year, over 25 children ranging from age 9 to 20 will make the gut-wrenching list and a black man “Wayne Williams” will be the FBI’s prime suspect.

It is ironic that a man would be charged and convicted solely on carpet fibers. Strange that he was no stranger to the community and worked with a local newspaper gathering stories at one time. But what may disturb many is that he was only charged with the murder of two adults and not the 20 or so children that was killed. But as he received his two life sentences, the book closed and he was labeled the murderer of all the children.

I crinch sometimes at the thought of how I could have easily been one of those victims. I was 10, lived in the projects of Dixie Hills, less than four blocks from Wayne Williams house and I am black. I even later attended Williams’ Alma mater, Frederick Douglass High School. The only thing is I was a girl…oh yeah, he allegedly killed a couple of girls too. Well this is where my theory comes in.

The first female child was Angel Lenair, she was one of the first victims and tied to a tree and sexually assaulted. She did not fit the profile of the other children. The boys started off beat to death or stabbed, then the pattern changed to strangulation and asphyxiation. The rumors began to swarm about a possible KKK involvement where a group of brothers vowed to kill one black boy a month. GBI and FBI investigators began tapping their phones and following them because consequently they knew a couple of the victims. They overheard a phone conversation where one of the brothers mentioned going out to find another kid. By then the numbers began to pile up. Instead of one black child a month, there were one a week being kidnapped and murdered!

This is where my memory began to kick in of that dreadful summer.

I was going to the store across the street from where I lived when I noticed a dark colored car with tinted windows. (one of the victims called police and reported being followed by a dark car with tinted windows) I didn’t know that at the time.

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  1. Leslie

    On June 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm


    Hey that was something terrible. Shaking my head.. I couldnt imagine being a part of that or even knowing…but my gut feeling says it was the KKK and it was some kind of ring and the cops know about it, had it been white children they would have shut it down… its sad that people hate that deeply and the police and FBI don’t do a thing to protect us at all. They are always against us, never for us, thats why my children, will never fight for this country cause we are always fighting a war just to survive america.

  2. Neka

    On June 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm


    You are so right Leslie. I also believe it was a ‘ring’, and that the government knew or had very strong suspects. However, they only focused on Wayne…a copycat or puppet at most.

  3. Lynnise Lindsey

    On June 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm


    HELLO V, I CAN\’T EVER DENY YOUR BOLD ABILITY TO BE REAL! BUT MORE TO STAND IN TRUTH FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN, WHICH IN THIS CASE SHOW AN UNEVENTFUL SITUATION IN TIME & HOW IT HAS ADVERSELY AFFECTED YOUR LIFE! THE REALNESS I READ IN YOUR WORDS ATTEST TO AT LEAST ONE OR MORE OF THOSE CHILDREN\’S MUFFLED CRIES! I AM NOT A NATIVE OF ATLANTA BUT THIS RINGS HOME TO ANY HUMAN SOUL WITH HEART EMOTION, COMPASSION AND A STRONG DESIRE TO SEE EQUAL JUSTICE AND PERSECUTION UNDER THE LAW CARRIED OUT! YOU NOT ONLY HAVE SPOKEN YOUR TRUTH, BUT YOU SHINE A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS AROUND YOU TO BE RESOUNDED! KEEP THE FAITH!…… NIECY ~ CHI, IL

  4. Gigi

    On June 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm


    Hello V Lyric,

    In the midst of the horror in Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered Children 1979-1981 and from the trailer on your book “The Darkest Gray, I can still feel that horrific experience you went thorogh as a child in that particular time of Atlanta’s murdered and missing children.

    As a mother, with two young children, my seven year old daughter saw that same black car with the tinted windows in my own neighborhood. Terror rang out and alerted the neighborhood to be on alert and everyone took on a watch.

    I was terrified that my child, or a neighbors child would be the next victim. The man, a white male in that same black car with tinted windows,you describe in your blog, sped down the street in my neighborhood after ny daughter my ran with her two other friends screaming and terrified down the street to my house. She told me with tears in her eyes that this man tried to get them to come closer to his car. Being taught not to approach strangers she screamed and ran. Although she executed her training when approached by a stranger, male or female,I have such a burden of sadness in my heart still,that will never go away, that the other victims did not have that same chance.

    My daughter, was being taken care of as I worked, by a close friend and neighbor who lived in Dixie Hills, a few doors down from the home of Wayne B. Williams. I was a bit skeptical about the accusations of him being the actual killer at that time, but as time moved on I was positive he was guilty with the DNA and other fiber content linked to him.. I am deeply saddened by the disappearance of LaTonya and I pray that somehow her family has found solace and closure to her tragedy.

    I was given your blog information from Niecy, a mutual friend of yours from MySpace.com.
    I love your book, “The Darkest Gray”: she also recommended that I read.

    This is a wonderful blog article you have written and it is most important that your message be read. I thank you for this contribution.

    Gigi
    Ellenwood.Ga

  5. Gigi

    On June 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm


    Corrections to my comment:
    Down the street in my neighborhood after my daughter ran with her two other friends .

    Corrected above…..(down the street in my neighborhood after ny daughter my ran with her two other friends )

    Gigi.
    Ellenwood,Ga

  6. niecyalive

    On June 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm


    OH V, I HAVE SHARE THIS POST WITH FRIENDS AND ASKED THEM TO READ AND SUBMIT A COMMENT! ESPECIALLY THOSE I KNOW IN THE ATLANTA AREA. I HOPE YOU DON\’T MIND! PEACE & LOVE NIECY

  7. niecy

    On June 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm


    OH V, I HAVE SHARE THIS POST WITH FRIENDS AND ASKED THEM TO READ AND SUBMIT A COMMENT! ESPECIALLY THOSE I KNOW IN THE ATLANTA AREA. I HOPE YOU DON\\\\\\\’T MIND! PEACE & LOVE NIECY

  8. V Lyric Parker

    On June 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm


    @Gigi, I thank you so much for your support with purchasing/reading “The Darkest Gray” and your added comment on this post. It his heartaching that someone else experienced a similiar situation as mines and appalling that it wasn’t considered important back then. The truth I guess, is that there were so many conflicting reports: white vans, dark cars with tints. One powerful suggestion overlooked is the ‘white man or men’. We must also consider that although Georgia was developing and changing, it was still a lot of cities and counties pocketed throughout where the KKK actively participated and controlled. I did not want to believe metro Atlanta was one of them. I hope to shed light on facts and opinions that weren’t focused on as much as Wayne Williams himself, as well as shed light on the POSSIBLITY that he is not only a killer but a master manipulator. One thing the killers have managed to do is confuse everyone by their only consistency being their will and ability to kill innocent black children. As a people, I hope that we ourselves are more powerful and alert to ever let anything like this happen again. I am glad your daughter and her friends had been better prepared to handle the attempt made on their lives; kudos to you and the other parents that saved their children lives in such a manner but never made the headlines. Instead Wayne Williams gets all the air space. Hopefully he will get tired of trying to discredit the situation and realize his fate. Maybe then we will learn more, or perhaps the whole truth. Thanks freind!

  9. V Lyric Parker

    On June 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm


    Hello Niecy, my sister in spirit. Thankyou for your continued support and unwavering love! I appreciate not only your response to my post, but the fact that as always you suggest others read and leave their feedback as well.
    As you know, I dedicate my gift of expression to bring awareness to the things I believe too often go unnoticed or avoided. By shedding light on the situation I hope to open the minds, hearts and eyes of the reader to various possibilities and maybe even unveil the TRUTH.
    The souls of the young victims of the early 80’s cry out from every corner, every wooded domain, each grave and every family still broken by the experience even to this day. We may not see the justice but I pray that there is still vengence for their sake! Love ya!

  10. V Lyric Parker

    On July 8, 2011 at 4:51 am


    Hello Carl, thanks for your input. I often ask myself that same question, “What if” It had been me?
    The fact that people are coming forth with experiences so damn identical to mines make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Dark car, a stalker. A man just sitting there waiting and despite the profiler’s theory that only a black man could go in and out of the black neighborhoods undetected, seems almost absurd.
    The fact that there were so many different cars, different descriptions of possible suspects makes it obvious that there was a lot going on in Atlanta in the early 80’s. There were possible copycats, help from blacks to kill blacks. KKK involvement and massive cover up from the people that was supposed to help protect us.
    I am glad you are alive as well, and glad I survived as many others but my heart bleeds of an agony for those murdered and left like animals to rot. My heart bleeds for the families with memories that we could never even imagine to spark the best and worse of emotions.
    After Wayne Williams were charged with the murders they say they stopped…they just stopped being reported. It is said that the KKK said they would start killing black women. I recently learned of that. But I do recall that a woman in my same neighborhood was abducted and strangled to death in the same fashion as the children after Wayne was charged. She was around 19 and there was no write up in the papers or news coverage. I wonder how many of those happened until someone decided that they wouldn’t get the ‘race war’ they hoped for and just got bored or slowed down altogether their murder spree.
    Peace, blessings and light everyone. Thanks for your comment and opinions.

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