Kudos to Charisse Jones of USA Today (12-8-97) for exposing a dirty skeleton that racists, elitists, and colorists in Georgia have been hiding in their filthy evil closets for 15 years. Wayne Williams is a political prisoner!!! He is innocent!!! The human dogs that devoured poor Black children in Atlanta are still prowling its apathetic streets. And, they are still attacking at will, whenever they hunger for blood.
It is refreshing to know that there are many persons who grieve daily, as I do, for these children, whose lives and corpses have been written off and forgotten. It is healing to know that there are others who write to Wayne in prison as I have done for years. It is encouraging to know that there are many who are fighting to finally extend to Wayne some modicum of justice.
NO ONE has EVER been officially charged with the murders of ANY of these children. Even Wayne has been framed and convicted for the murders of two adult men. Wayne's legendary trial by media, and conviction by framing, for the murders of 29 children, are the ONLY reasons he remains in a cage. (For more on Wayne's innocence read “Wayne Williams 1” herein.)
Atlanta is nirvana for serial killers. This fact was glaringly evident regularly, via local television newscasts, during my recent seven year residency there. Gay men, transvestites, and elderly Black women were periodically slaughtered as frequently as Black children. Recently, while researching femicide, I accidentally discovered even more heinous skeletons in Atlanta's closets. The following quote is taken from a shocking essay entitled “Annihilation by Murder and by the Media: The Other Atlanta Femicides”, which appears in a classic anthology titled Femicide, edited by Jill Radford and Diana E. H. Russell:
“Between late 1978 and 1980...the bodies of 38 girls and women were found in [Atlanta]...The 38 femicides remained ignored and unsolved... Allegations have been made that this figure of 38 is far too low. In 1981, mayoral candidate Mildred Glover said of the overlooked female victims: “The potential number is so staggering that it's likely to be the worst problem of unsolved murders in the history of any U. S. city.”...Most of the 38 girls and women had been strangled or stabbed to death. One 15-year-old had been shot. All of them had been killed in suburban Dekalb county, where some of the bodies of the African-American males had been found...no killer or killers have been identified, and few people appear to have any knowledge of these atrocities...near-universal apathy over the slaughter of more than 38 mostly African-American females exposes the complicity of both sexism and racism. Indifference by the police and the media to this slaughter of women reveals the extent to which racist sexism, or sexist racism, continues to flourish in the United States.”
The USA Today feature failed to address the following:
The police officers who claimed that they heard a splash on a bridge, which prompted them to arrest Wayne Williams as he drove in the vicinity, ALL later admitted that they had heard NOTHING and had BLATANTLY LIED.
The child murders continued while Wayne was INCARCERATED and DURING his trial!!! Serial murders are still ROUTINE in Atlanta to this very day!!!
Siberian Husky dog hairs were discovered on over 15 of the children's corpses. Wayne owned a German Shepherd. The KKK family, residents of a centrally located trailer park, who slaughtered these children, bred Siberian Huskies, and drove a dark green Chevy Impala, which was OFTEN witnessed at murder scenes.
The carpet fibers which were used to convict Wayne exist in MILLIONS of homes and autos around the world.
There has never been ANY “closure” in this case. Those who assumed that there was any are racists/fools in denial.
None of these murders to which Wayne has been linked has EVER been solved. None of these cases should EVER have been closed. In the USA Today feature, Abraham Ordover, a former Emory University law professor, expresses the brazen ignorance of the bigots, racists, and elitists who run the city of Atlanta, as he dares to state: “I don't want to see us all have to go through this again.” HOW DARE HE WHINE ABOUT "SUFFERING"?!? HOW THE HELL DOES HE THINK WAYNE OR THESE VICTIMS' FAMILIES FEEL?!?
No one has suffered like these murdered Black babies, whose lives were stolen before they began. No one has suffered like their families, whose tragic losses have been dismissed as if they were pets who became road kill. No one has suffered like Wayne, who has been slandered and erroneously documented as a legendary monster for life.
In an evil saga filled with many monsters devoid of consciences or souls, a few heroes endure. A team of diligent lawyers has spent 12 years trying to free Wayne. Louis Graham, Atlanta's former police chief, and thus a former conspirator, told USA today: “At the time Wayne was arrested, I was willing to believe that he had something to do with it...But I was waiting for the next shoe to drop and it never did. I think about the cases almost daily.” Reformed enemies often make uniquely valuable allies.
Willie Mae Mathis, mother of the murdered 12-year-old Clifford, told USA Today: “I feel that my son was not killed by [Wayne]. I feel he should get a new trial because they'll have to open all those other cases up. And, they'll have to do what they should have done in the first place. Wayne was just a scapegoat. They had to get somebody to put in jail, because the city was like a keg of dynamite.” May God bless this sister as she continues to write and talk to Wayne in jail. If you would like to join us in sending Wayne our support and prayers, write to him c/o: Wayne Williams, EF-165060B-31, GDCC, Box 3877, Jackson, GA, 30233.
Chet Dettlinger is the author of an outstanding book, entitled The List, that details the ongoing murders of Black Atlantan children, even those which occurred DURING Wayne's incarceration and trial. The actual body count exceeds the “official” 29. Chet told USA Today: “[When] you don't know what the pattern was, how can you say it ever stopped?”
It has been 15 years. Still, NOTHING has been done to soothe the eternal screaming spirits of these slaughtered Black babies. Some fiendish fools dare to call this “justice”. I wonder if Jon Benet Ramsey's ghost will scream as long as the ghosts of these babies? Her parents certainly relocated to the right city. Atlanta is as excellent a haven for rich, white baby killers who live in exclusive suburbs as it is for poor, white baby killers who live in trailer parks...
FOR MORE INFO ON THE ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS READ:
The Evidence of Things Not Seen by James Baldwin
Atlanta Youth Murders & The Politics Of Race by Bernard Headley
These Bones Are Not My Child by Toni Cade Bambara