Between 1979 to 1981, at least 30 African American children and young adults were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia. Almost immediately after, Wayne Williams was named the man behind the crimes; however, he was only convicted for two of the murders due to lack of evidence.

Now, HBO will re-examine those cases in its five-part docuseries, Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children.

The documentary raises new questions for the mostly unsolved cases through archival footage, interviews with the victims’ families, and the original trial materials and court documents. It also examines the racial tensions and cultural clashes that brought Atlanta to a boiling point during the three-year period.

The series comes after Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced last year that the Atlanta Police Department would re-examine evidence due to DNA technology advancements.


Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children premieres April 5 on HBO.

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