FBI’s own evidence and unclassified documents prove Wayne Williams wrongly convicted for the murder of 30 black children…
“Mrs. Catherine Leach is enraged that the best kept secret from the public in this crisis is the brutal manner in which most of the children were mutilated. It is common to find among the bodies— castrations, hands amputated, feet amputated, lips and ears cut off, as well as part of the face. Why, the secret? It reads like old-fashion racist killings.”
Ms. Catherine Leach regarding Curtis Walker, one of the murdered children
Back when this was originally written we received an email from a woman in Atlanta, Georgia who said her father was in the Klan and that he boasted of being involved in the Atlanta Child Killings. She said he once took her to a shed where, preserved in a jar, were the severed fingers of some of the black children that had been murdered. At the time, it seemed too far out to believe and I wondered how she could not bring herself to report it if true. Now it all makes sense.
In Atlanta, at least 30 children were murdered between 1978 and 1981. Fingerprints on pornographic magazines at a murder scene, phone calls directing the authorities to the bodies, witnesses and even Caucasian hairs at the crime scene pointed to a white man, with possible accomplices. Others proudly boasted of their involvement in the killings, offering grisly details never released by the police. Blamed for the crime, however, was a gay black man.
Williams wasn’t charged with the child killings because prosecutors knew their evidence was so weak they’d have no chance of conviction. Instead, he was prosecuted and convicted for the murder of two adults. What the FBI did is groundlessly blame the killings on Williams when their own evidence proved he couldn’t have done it, because someone else claimed responsibility and there was irrefutable exculpatory evidence proving that they did do it. What they did is close all the open cases in the Atlanta Child Killings to avoid prosecuting the Klan.
“Stop forced bussing (sic) or I will kill 3 more black boys in March.”
A note sent to several papers in early March, which reads “Stop forced bussing or I will kill three more black boys in Atlanta in March!” Three of the Atlanta Child Killings took place in March, no more, no less.
FBI report concerning brown Caucasian hairs found at a murder scene. The much-hyped carpet fiber evidence was never conclusive enough to win a conviction, so Williams was never tried for any of the child killings.
The Man Convicted, Wayne Williams
Williams was convicted on charges of two adult murders. He was never tried for the murder of the children. Below: FBI sketch of White male suspect in Atlanta Child Killings. There were several. There were fingerprints and hair samples from a Caucasian male left at the crime scene. There was an audio tape taunting investigators.
“MEMBERS: As indicated earlier (page 1) the members of the group are white males, age 25-40, and in good health. And a check of the weekday disappearance chart (page 4), shows that it is most likely that they work at a job where they have Tuesday and Wednesday off (a list of such people would include not only police and fire officials, but also hospital or chain store employees). A list of known right-wing organization members, should be checked against employment, and this with schedules in an attempt to come up with a list of suspects fitting this pattern.”
There are three main goals of any terrorist group that fit into the pattern in Atlanta.1: To instill a sense of terror in the community in which the group operates.2: By being able to act and not get caught, the group shows the weakness of the government, and undermines public support for and confidence in it.3: To replace the existing government with one made up of supporters of the group), or that the group supports. In Atlanta, goals 1 and 2 have been achieved, and the next election will determine if goal 3 is reached.” (page now missing from original PDF)
UPDATE May 3, 2005: Police Reopen Atlanta Child Murders Investigation
‘Child Murderer’ Appeal Cites KKK
Sean Rowe Last Modified: 12/13/2002 7:09:06 PM The only man convicted in a probe of Atlanta’s child killings is taking his latest conviction appeal to federal court, claiming evidence of Ku Klux Klan involvement. Found guilty of two murders in 1982, Wayne B. Williams is basing his current appeal on allegations that the prosecution and police withheld a vast amount of evidence indicating the KKK may have been responsible for the murders.
A jury convicted Williams in the deaths of 21-year-old Jimmy Ray Payne and 27-year-old Nathaniel Carter — two adults among 29 blacks killed in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. Most of the victims were children….
During the trial, prosecuting attorneys introduced evidence of 10 child murders as part of a pattern, asserting that each one was so similar that the one person must have committed them all. The cases “were crucial in poisoning the atmosphere of the trial and obtaining Williams’ conviction,” Williams’ attorneys said in a press release Friday. Utilizing a variety of resources, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation extensively probed the possibility of Klan involvement in the child murders. Williams’ attorneys said GBI officials considered one of the Klansmen to be a “top suspect” in the child murders. The defense stated the probe abruptly deviated when GBI Sgt. Joe Jackson informed the Klan suspects as to the identity of a GBI informer among them. Jackson is alleged to have later destroyed a good amount of the evidence denoting the Klan investigation.
Williams’ attorneys claim they were never informed of the GBI investigation into the Klan link as the operation was kept secret. Williams’ federal petition alleges that the prosecution and police were required to provide this “exculpatory information to Williams’ defense team….
Were they that strong? Yes, in 1982 the Klan was still very, very strong. In fact, Klan influence in high office reached as high as the Supreme Court and at least one American President, Harry Truman, was a member (he would soon leave the Klan after being pressured to never hire Catholics). At least two 20th century Supreme Court judges were in the Klan, one of which was a Chief Justice who headed the infamous Warren Commission. (Chief Justice Earl Warren was once a Klan leader in Bakersfield, California.) The other Supreme Court Justice, appointed by FDR to appease the South, was Hugo Black. The latter has his Klan robe in the Smithsonian. The Klan was never something to be dismissed.
By the time WWII came around they had members, a Vice-President and Supreme Court Justice, hand picked by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR wasn’t exactly a conservative icon. FDR was widely derided as a socialist. The Republicans and Dems were subject to Klan influence because they were the political engine that powered the South for well over 100 years. Just as Roosevelt couldn’t win the South without appeasing them, neither could Republicans. In fact, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, he declared that the Democrats had just lost the South for decades.
At the time of the terrorist anti-integration campaign, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which came to officially “question” the FBI Director on misconduct in the Atlanta Child Killings investigation, had at least two known senators with Klan ties. One, Sen. Robert Byrd (D) had been a Kleagle in the Klan, a recruiter. The longest filibuster in American history would come in opposition to the Civil Rights Act, and it would come from Byrd, who would be on the same committee tasked with facing killings of the Atlanta Children. The other was a strident segregationist who made Klansmam/Kleagle Robert Byrd look like Malcom X. Strom Thurmond (R) was the Chairman of that Committee. An illustrative quote:
“I wanna tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that there’s not enough troops in the army to force the southern people to break down segregation and admit the nigger race into our theaters into our swimming pools into our homes and into our churches.”
Strom Thurmond (R), 1948
It was a show hearing, and there was more than one fox in the hen house. There was no way the Klan would go after the Klan, so their entire mission was to conceal any Klan role in the killings by reminding the FBI of their ultimate authority, and their ability to fire any director who went as far as leaking any document pointing to Klan involvement.
In essence, it was like closing the Jack the Ripper case because Charles Manson was convicted of murder, and then blaming the murders on Manson because they “fit a pattern.” What pattern? Williams was convicted of killing two adults, not children. Well, this info was all released there, for a while, until now. The original PDF on the FBI Records Vault containing this information, atchi3b, is now missing over ten pages. In fact, practically every significant page on white supremacist involvement is now missing in all 24 PDFs of the case now posted, each PDF averaging about 100-120 pages. Some of these missing pages are herein.
They “wiped out a thousand future generations of niggers”. Those were the words of Don Sanders, Atlanta Klan leader, captured on tape in 1981. The burning question is whether the voice print matches that on a cassette left at the burial site of two victims. Those results, of course, are blacked out in the case files now available to the public. At least 30 murdered children in a space of less than two years…in one city alone.
Even more remain missing. Yet the case was practically solved. They had Caucasian DNA in brown hair samples, they had his latent prints on a porno magazine found at the burial site of two victims, along with a cassette tape with the taunting voice of the killer. They had eyewitnesses ranging from a white woman in a bar who heard the suspect predict the next boy would be found strangled in a river, which in fact was the case; to a young boy who barely escaped a man fitting the same description: a white male, brown hair, scar on neck or check. Yet they let the original suspect go because “he passed a lie detector test”, which if even true, is a standard of proof that wouldn’t hold up in any court of law. If they were infallible, they would not be optional.
“It should be noted that on January 8, 1981, The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous call from an apparently white male who advised that he had placed the body of Lubie Gater out on Sigmon Road. The caller then threatened to place another body, of a white child this time, out on Sigmon Road before February 1.
Since when does any judge have the right to convict on suspicion alone and deny a citizen a right to a trial on a murder charge, let alone 30?
Unable to find a connection between Williams and the actual child murders, the FBI concluded that there was enough evidence to close the remain cases. Williams was never prosecuted for any of the missing children, in other words. This is not merely one of inept or corrupt officials unwilling to challenge powerful Klan elements in southern law enforcement and the Atlanta judicial system. It goes beyond that and challenges all of us to confront the question posed by the Klansmen of the time.
Would anybody “really care about a bunch of murdered nigger children”? Though Georgia officials at first suspected the Klan in the Atlanta Child Murders, they abruptly changed course and refused to provide the Williams defense with the exculpatory evidence they had accumulated. But it wasn’t just the Georgia Bureau of Investigations who had such evidence in the hands. So did the FBI: fingerprints and hair samples from a Caucasian male left at the crime scene.
The Blue-eyed White Man with the Scar
On February 9th,1981, a young black child was followed home from school. His apartment door was opened, the area was ransacked as the child hid under a bed. Nothing of value was stolen. Two days later, this suspect was seen in the vicinity of the boy’s school. Later that day another attempt was made to gain entry into the apartment. His mother screamed and the the child saw the same man peering through the window, a blue-eyed white male with a scar on his neck.
Following this incident, an unidentified caller threatened “I am going to kill the boy in 48 hours” By then his mother had purchased a padlock and took extra precautions. While at his grandmother’s house on Feb. 17, however, the same man chased the boy for several blocks. At around that time latent prints had been lifted from two pornographic magazines found at the burial site of two victims. The accosted boy viewed five photographs and selected the man to whom the latent prints belonged. Incredibly, investigators dismissed his claims due to a discrepancy in witness reports of beard growth between mid Feb and March. The suspect was never charged, despite the latent prints and this positive identification from a child that well-remembered his face. It gets better. Consider this FBI teletype [bold type mine]:
“My son was bragging and said that he killed the one that was stabbed in the stomach—the one that was found over there off Moreland.” Mr. A, White Male Witness
Re Atlanta telephone call to the FBI Laboratory Technical Services Division, dated 1/16/81.
Enclosed for the FBI Laboratory, Technical Services Division, are the following items:
1) Realistic Cassette Tape with a copy of the recorded interview of [suspect] on 1/15/81, by [redacted] and [redacted], Conyer’s Sheriff’s Office, CID Unit, [redacted] Georgia. 2) Ampex Cassette Tape with a copy of the recording of two telephone calls from an unknown white male placed to the Conyers Sheriff’s Office at 7:30 p.m. on 1/8/81, and at 11:45 a.m., 1/15/81. Also, included on this tape is a copy of the voice exemplars taken from fl| at 3:00 p.m. on 1/15/81. The enclosed items were provided to the FBI, Atlanta, by the Conyers Sheriff’s Office on 1/15/81.
The Bureau is requested to have its Laboratory, Technical Services Division, make a voice comparison of the two calls received from the unknown white male called on 1/8/81, and 1/15/81 (Enclosure Number 2), and the recorded interview of on 1/15/81 (Enclosure Number 1) , and the test exemplars of [suspect] on 1/15/81 (Enclosure Number 2).
The Bureau is further requested to have its Laboratory prepare copies of the enclosed cassette tapes and furnish copies to the following individual
1) SA [redacted] Behavorial Science Unit, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, so that the Behavorial Science Unit can make an analysis of the context of the recordings of the unknown caller and 2) Dr. [redacted] via Syracuse Resident Agency of the FBI, Syracuse, New York, in order that a psyco-linguistic analysis can be made of the enclosed recordings.