Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Wayne Williams and the Atlanta Child Murders


There are three full-length books on this case:

Baldwin, James, The Evidence of Things Not Seen. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985.

Dettlinger, Chet, and Prugh, Jeff, The List. Atlanta: Philmay Enterprises, 1983.  Unfortunately, the book is out of print and not easy to find.

Headley, Bernard, The Atlanta Youth Murders and the Politics of Race. Southern Illinois University Press, 1998.

The FBI has put its thousands of pages of files on this case on the Internet through the auspices of the Freedom of Information Act:

Extensive coverage during the murders can be found in the Atlanta Constitution and the Atlanta Journal.

Washington Post writer Art Harris wrote a number of articles on the case throughout 1981 and 1982

Bibliography for chapter 42 and 43

Associated Press (June 22, 2006). State asks judge to turn down Williams' latest conviction challenge.

Associated Press (June 9, 2006). Papers Sought in Ga. Child Killings.

David Simpson (June 20, 2006). DeKalb drops 'Atlanta child murder' investigation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Harry R. Webber (June 17, 2005). File in Ga. Child Murders Center of Fight. Associated Press Online.

Harry R. Webber (August 6, 2005). NA Gen US Atlanta Child Killings, 1st Ld-writethru. Associated Press.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (June 22, 2006). Child murders given ample inquiry.


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