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Series cast summary:
 Alvin Binder (2 episodes, 1985)
 Major Walker (2 episodes, 1985)
 Lewis Slaton (2 episodes, 1985)
 Ben Shelter (2 episodes, 1985)
Calvin Levels ...
 Wayne Williams (2 episodes, 1985)
 Selena Cobb (2 episodes, 1985)
 Faye Williams (2 episodes, 1985)
 Camille Bell (2 episodes, 1985)
Paul Benjamin ...
 Homer Williams (2 episodes, 1985)
 Jack Mallard (2 episodes, 1985)
 Larry Peterson (2 episodes, 1985)
 Mike Edwards (2 episodes, 1985)
 Ken Lawson (2 episodes, 1985)
 Campbell (2 episodes, 1985)
 Mayor Jackson (2 episodes, 1985)
 Withers (2 episodes, 1985)
 Chet Dettlinger (2 episodes, 1985)
 Gwendolyn (2 episodes, 1985)
 Bobby Tolin (2 episodes, 1985)
 Gilliland (2 episodes, 1985)
Stephen Godwin ...
 Jerry Heckler (2 episodes, 1985)
 Cool Breeze (2 episodes, 1985)
Don Hood ...
 McLean (2 episodes, 1985)
 Broderick (2 episodes, 1985)
 Dr. Saleh Zaki (2 episodes, 1985)
 Amy Kennear (2 episodes, 1985)
 Venus Taylor (2 episodes, 1985)
Veronica Redd ...
 Sharon Blakely (2 episodes, 1985)
 Judge Clarence Cooper (2 episodes, 1985)
 Helen Dettlinger (2 episodes, 1985)
 Connie Levine (2 episodes, 1985)
Essex Smith ...
 Robert Henry (2 episodes, 1985)
 Hindsman (2 episodes, 1985)
Royce Wallace ...
 Margaret Carter (2 episodes, 1985)
 John Bell (2 episodes, 1985)
 Tombe Chorro (2 episodes, 1985)
 David Dingle (2 episodes, 1985)
 Commissioner Lee Brown (2 episodes, 1985)
Ed Cambridge ...
 Mr. Cobb (2 episodes, 1985)
Marilyn Coleman ...
 Lois Evans (2 episodes, 1985)
Noel Conlon ...
 Psychiatrist (2 episodes, 1985)
John Devlin ...
 Cassidy (2 episodes, 1985)
Clarence Floyd III ...
 J.J. Coleman (2 episodes, 1985)
Zero Hubbard ...
 Patrick (2 episodes, 1985)
Barbara Harris ...
 Mary Welcome (2 episodes, 1985)
 Policeman #1 (2 episodes, 1985)
 Young Lawyer (2 episodes, 1985)
Lawrence Lott ...
 Dr. Sack (2 episodes, 1985)
 Rev. Avery (2 episodes, 1985)
John Petlock ...
 Pathologist (2 episodes, 1985)
Jack Rader ...
 Rackleff (2 episodes, 1985)
J.W. Smith ...
 Nathaniel Carter (2 episodes, 1985)
Maurice Sneed ...
 Roommate (2 episodes, 1985)
Christopher St. John ...
 Baltazar (2 episodes, 1985)
 Sheldon Kemp (2 episodes, 1985)
Olga Talyn ...
 Mrs. Sack (2 episodes, 1985)
Robert S. Telford ...
 Polygraph Operator (2 episodes, 1985)
Anthony Thompkins ...
 Darryl (2 episodes, 1985)
Ellen Tobie ...
 Gloria Patterson (2 episodes, 1985)
Myrna White ...
 Robin Shelter (2 episodes, 1985)
 Jerry Armstrong (2 episodes, 1985)
Erica Yohn ...
 Ruth (2 episodes, 1985)


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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The mini-series cast includes two Oscar winners: Jason Robards and Morgan Freeman; and three Oscar nominees: Ruby Dee, Rip Torn and James Earl Jones. 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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Waye Williams was a patsy
28 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this movie, I was about 14 years old living in California at the time, and it still scared the hell out of me. Even to this day I don't know if I would or could watch it again due to that fact. Most people think that the killings stopped when Wayne was put behind bars but they didn't. The FBI, even the President of the United States knew that a race war could blow up in downtown Atlanta if the public knew what the FBI knew of certain members of the KKK's involvement. The FBI have phone taps of certain members of the KKK, one person more then any other knew a lot of those kids that had been killed, even telling an FBI informant that he was going to kill one of them. Guess what that kid ended up being killed.

Now im not saying that Wayne is innocent of any of the killings, but things don't make since. A serial killer hardly ever changes his course. Ted Bundy loved brunettes with parts down the middle of their hair, Wayne Gacy loved white men who were gay. The Green River killer killed street walkers. Are we to believe that Wayne Williams went from killing little kids to full grown adults??? Are we to believe that Wayne Williams killed these adults by himself, strangled them even though some were bigger and stronger then he was and then toss them into a river.

No murder weapon was ever found, stories have been changed to fit Wayne Williams must of been the culprit.

Wayne Williams have recently tried to get DNA testing, which I do not know has been passed or denied, but why would it be denied? That one person the FBI had hard feelings about stated he had a Siberian Husky, Wanye Williams had a Shepard. EArly stories of some of the killings stated that Husky hair had been found, Later they to changed to Shepard hairs in changing of stories.

5 of the kids that were found were found in a park where this person and his brother visited on a regular basis.

Also most serial killers keep trophies, nothing like this was ever found at any spot where Wayne Williams lived or worked at? People say he hated black youths, but then the same people say he loved to seduce black teens.

I don't think we will ever know what happened in Atlanta, so many witness have changed stories, people have died, Aids probably killed a lot of witness, or people close to the case. The victims were raped, and Aids being pretty much a fast death sentence at that time could of probably killed the killer(s) as well.

I for one do not thing Wayne Williams was given a fair trial. The trial was rushed, his lawyers were buried with a mountain of evidence to sort thru in such a limited time. Witness changed their stories in mid trial. Williams' layweres were not allowed certain evidence that would help to release him.

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