The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community. When a black photographer is arrested for the crimes, controversy erupts over ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin Levels ...
 Wayne Williams
 Ben Shelter
 Major Walker
 Lewis Slaton
 Alvin Binder
Lynne Moody ...
 Selena Cobb
 Faye Williams
 Camille Bell
Paul Benjamin ...
 Homer Williams
 Chet Dettlinger
 Jack Mallard
 Larry Peterson
 Mike Edwards
 Ken Lawson


The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community. When a black photographer is arrested for the crimes, controversy erupts over whether he is the actual killer or a scapegoat offered up by the city's mostly black leadership. Based on actual events. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les enfants d'Atlanta  »

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These murders prompted the first extensive use of serial killer profiling and forensic fiber analysis. See more »


Camille Bell: We've got ourselves a black mayor, we've got ourselves a black commissioner of public safety, black councilman, we've got everything black from top to bottom! We got everything! But protection for our black children.
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As Good As TV Movies Get
13 September 2007 | by (Edmonton, Alberta) – See all my reviews

Excellent, gripping Made-For-TV story of the abductions and murders of African-American children, adolescents, and adults in Atlanta in the early 80's, and the sensational trial of the one man brought to justice for these crimes. The murders and trial polarized the communities of Atlanta and its environs, and the TV Movie re-creates this stunningly well in its deliberately ambiguous portrayal of suspect Wayne Williams, the evidence against him, and the issues of presenting a capital case based almost solely on circumstantial evidence. Just as the case inspires controversy up to this day, so does this movie.

Calvin Levels has Wayne Williams down pat in this production - alternately charming, charismatic, strange, and menacing - and creates a web of confused desires and motives that deliberately leaves audiences guessing - what REALLY happened on that bridge? Co-stars Morgan Freeman, Jason Robards, Rip Torn and Gloria Foster provide equally interesting performances throughout. While some viewers, especially those living in the Atlanta communities affected by these events, may be dismayed or even angered by the portrayal of the law-enforcement authorities attempting to make sense of this case, their issue is more with the deliberate manner in which no real sides are taken by the producers of this film. If in more recent decades the historic portrayal of White apathy towards crimes committed on Blacks is universally deemed insulting or unacceptable, then perhaps some progress has been made after all.

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