Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children

Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children

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This docuseries explores the period between 1979 and 1981 when at least 30 African-American children and young adults disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia. More

The Ku Klux Klan and white supremacist motives were suspected, but in 1981 23-year-old African American Wayne Williams was arrested for first-degree murder of two of the men - Nathaniel Carter and Jimmy Ray Payne. Williams was convicted of both killings started two consecutive terms of life imprisonment. While the killings stopped upon his incarceration, Williams maintains his innocence and supporters believe was used as a scapegoat by authorities.

2020Rating: 18USAHBO



Part 1

Long-held racial and economic divisions percolate in Atlanta. When African... More American children begin disappearing and showing up dead, the city is on the verge of an unprecedented crisis. Outraged members of the black community call for swift action.


Part 2

By 1980, as distrust in the police deepens, citizens organize... More to protect their neighborhoods and take matters into their own hands.


Part 3

With the murder count rising, law enforcement faces immense pressure... More to make an arrest. On May 22, 1981, an FBI stakeout of the city’s bridges leads investigators to 23-year-old Wayne Williams, who becomes the main suspect in the killings and is promptly arrested. 


Part 4

Prosecutors introduce pattern evidence mid-trial that they assert links him... More to ten of the child murders. Drawing predominantly on hair and carpet fibers found on the victims, the jury delivers a swift guilty verdict in February 1982.


Part 5

In the mid-1980s, Wayne Williams’ appeals attorney Lynn Whatley anonymously... More receives shocking new evidence connecting members of the Klan to the murders. Series finale.

Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children | Release Details

Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children is available to stream in New Zealand now on Neon.