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Documentary On The Atlanta Child Murders Looks Set To Be Unmissable

Documentary On The Atlanta Child Murders Looks Set To Be Unmissable

As the world does its very best to take heed of the dangers of Covid-19, self isolation and social distancing is the norm.

On this note, it's very likely that the majority of people will be looking for some new TV shows to pass the time and given the popularity of the true crime genre, HBO's upcoming feature on the Atlanta Child Murders is bound to appeal to true crime addicts.

Mindhunter fans might already be familiar with the horrific details of the story because the case did form the central plot for Season 2 of David Fincher's superb drama.

The official synopsis for Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children states: "In the period between 1979 to 1981, at least 30 African-American children and young adults disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta.

"Although 23-year-old Wayne Williams was prosecuted for two of the crimes, the rest of the cases were ultimately closed following his conviction in 1982."

In terms of its narrative and aesthetic approach, the docuseries will hear from the victims’ families and examine the original trial materials and court documents, raising new questions for further investigation.

Aside from documenting the horrific events that unfolded, the series will also take a broader look at the racial tensions and cultural clashes that brought Atlanta to a boiling point.

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Over this two-year period, at least 29 children, teenagers, and adults were killed.

Wayne Williams, an Atlanta native who was 23-years-old at the time of the last murder, was arrested, tried, and convicted of two of the adult murders and sentenced to two consecutive life terms.

Police subsequently have attributed a number of the child murders to Williams, although he has not been charged in any of those cases, and Williams himself maintains his innocence. In March 2019, the Atlanta police, under order of mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, reopened the cases in hopes that new technology will lead to a conviction.

‌The five-part series is produced and directed by the Emmy-award winning team at Show of Force, including Joshua Bennett, Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre (Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present), and Sam Pollard (4 Little Girls, When the Levees Broke).

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children premieres on April 5 in the US and while no Irish premiere date has been set yet, we fully expect it to air on Sky Crime/Sky Atlantic.

Take a look at what's in store.

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Paul Moore

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