Wayne Williams

Atlanta Child Murders

  Active for 3 years
(1979-1981) in United States




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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 10 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 3 Books About Wayne Williams
  14. 11 External References
  15. Internal References

Wayne Williams (Wayne Bertram Williams) an American serial killer who is believed to have perpetrated the Atlanta murders of 1979–1981. After being convicted of two murders and sentenced to life imprisonment, authorities closed twenty-two other unsolved murders, declaring Williams to have been the perpetrator. In 1982, Williams was convicted on two counts of murder and was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in Georgia's Hancock State Prison. Williams has maintained his innocence and the case was reopened as recently as 2005. In 2007, DNA test on canine hair, human hair and blood failed to exonerate Williams.

Wayne Williams Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Wayne Williams (aka) Atlanta Child Murders, was active for 3 years between 1979-1981, known to have ( 2 confirmed / 25 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Wayne Williams was born on May 27th 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia, US. He was raised by both parents. Williams was raised as a only child and had no siblings. His father, Homer Williams, teacher. His mother, Faye Williams, teacher.

Williams a homosexual African American male citizen of the United States of America. Williams completed 12 years of school, attended some college, no degree received. Williams never married. He had no children.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes.

In 1979 (Age 20/21) Wayne Williams started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, and murder his victims. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with his parents, where Williams was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on June 21st 1981 (Age 23), convicted on February 27th 1982 (Age 23), sentenced to life imprisonment at Hancock State Prison in Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia, US. Williams was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 93%
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Wayne Williams has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 years ago.

Wayne Williams a known:

Wayne Williams
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-06 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Wayne Williams
Nickname: Atlanta Child Murders
Victims: 2 - 25
Years Active: 1979 - 1981
Ages Active: 20/21 - 22/23
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1958 -     
Ethnic Group: African American
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: homosexual
Astrological Sign: Gemini
May 21 - Jun 21
Birth Month: May
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children
Living With: his parents
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: May 27, 1958
Family Name: Williams
Given Name: Wayne
Birth Location: Atlanta, Georgia, US
Birth Order: 1st of 1
Siblings: no siblings
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: only child
Mother: Faye Williams, teacher
Father: Homer Williams, teacher

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: 12 years of school
Highest Degree: some college, no degree

Arrested: Jun 21, 1981 (Age 23)
Convicted: Feb 27, 1982 (Age 23)
Sentence: life imprisonment
Prison Location: Hancock State Prison in Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
10 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Wayne Williams

The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Wayne Williams. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
May 27 1958Wayne Williams was born in Atlanta, Georgia, US.  #19580527
May 27 1978
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
(Age 20/21)
Wayne Williams started his serial killing spree. #1979
(Age 22/23)
Wayne Williams ended his serial killing spree. #1981
Jun 21 1981
(Age 23)
Wayne Williams arrested. #19810621
Feb 27 1982
(Age 23)
Wayne Williams was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment at Hancock State Prison in Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia, US.  #19820227
May 27 1988
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
May 27 1998
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
May 27 2008
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
May 27 2018
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
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The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Wayne Williams (1979-1981).

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Boolean Questions:
previous crimes TRUE 367
used weapon TRUE 453
bound TRUE 406
strangle TRUE 443
living with children FALSE 268
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
xyy FALSE 81
problems in school FALSE 221
teased in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
drug abuse FALSE 226
alcohol abuse FALSE 226
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous jail FALSE 352
previous prision FALSE 336
previous killed FALSE 208
kill at killers home FALSE 320
kill at victims home FALSE 323
used gun FALSE 451
rape FALSE 453
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
sex with body FALSE 430
mutilated FALSE 447
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365
totem personal item FALSE 354
robbed FALSE 418

Books that Mention Wayne Williams

Book: Serial Killer Stranglers (mentions serial killer Wayne Williams)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: The Evidence of Things Not Seen (mentions serial killer Wayne Williams)
James Baldwin
The Evidence of Things Not Seen
Book: The Atlanta Youth Murders and the P... (mentions serial killer Wayne Williams)
Bernard D. Headley
The Atlanta Youth Murders and the Politics of...

3 Books that mention Serial Killer
Wayne Williams

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
0805039392 The Evidence of Things No... 1
0809323192 The Atlanta Youth Murders... 1

Wayne Bertram Williams (born May 27, 1958) is an American serial killer who was tried, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1982 for killing two adult men in Atlanta, Georgia. After his conviction, the Atlanta Police Department announced that Williams was responsible for at least 23 of the 29 Atlanta murders of 1979–1981, or the Atlanta Child Murders.

External References
  1. Atlanta murders of 1979–81 on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 29, 2018.
  2. Wayne Williams on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 29, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Wayne Bertram WILLIAMS on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 29, 2018.
  4. FBI - Atlanta Child Murders on vault.fbi.gov, Retrieved on Sep 29, 2018.
  5. Kiera McIvor, Samantha Mullen, Wayne Williams on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Sep 29, 2018.
  6. Harold A. Deadman, Fiber Evidence and the Wayne Williams Trial on www.cbsd.org, Retrieved on Sep 29, 2018.
  7. Atlanta Child Murders Case, June 1980 on www.gpb.org, Retrieved on Sep 29, 2018.
  8. State v. Williams, 383 So. 2d 369 - La: Supreme Court 1980 on scholar.google.com, Retrieved on Sep 29, 2018.
  9. Q3566872 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
  10. Wayne Williams on www.biography.com, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  11. Wayne Williams on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 18, 2019.
Internal References

Wayne Williams is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #29 of 30[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in May
  2. #38 of 40[ Page 3 ] of Gemini Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #98 of 651[ Page 7 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  4. #247 of 250[ Page 17 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #320 of 327[ Page 22 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  6. #404 of 651[ Page 27 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  7. #628 of 651[ Page 42 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  8. #634 of 651[ Page 43 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
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