Between 1979-1981 a monster roamed around Atlanta, Georgia, picking innocent victims off the street and murdering them in cold blood.
At least 28 African American children, teenagers and adults were killed in what would become known as the Atlanta Child Murders.
In mid 1979, the first victims, Edward Hope Smith and Alfred Evans, both 14, disappeared four days apart. Over the next three years more and more young African American children began to disappear, their decomposing bodies turning up weeks, months, years later.
The black community in Atlanta became increasingly fearful and the streets no longer felt safe.
Local TV stations started playing an ominous message at 10pm every night, reminding parents about the impending danger.
“It’s 10pm – do you know where your children are?” the public service announcement would ask.
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Finally, in May 1981, the police arrested and charged 23-year-old Wayne Williams for two of the murders. He has never been charged or convicted for any of the other murders.
And there is still some doubt surrounding his guilt.
Now a new 10-part true crime podcast, Atlanta Monster, is delving into the killing spree and the legend of the boogeyman who has haunted the Atlanta community for over 35 years.