Almost 25 years ago, Louis Graham was part of the “missing and murdered” task force assigned to catch a serial killer of boys and young men in the Atlanta area. Graham didn’t agree with the official conclusion that Wayne Williams was the murderer, says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Now DeKalb County police chief, Graham is reopening four — perhaps five — “missing and murdered” cases, widely known as the Atlanta Child Murders, that terrorized the area during the early 1980s.
Williams was convicted of two killings in Fulton County in 1982 and sentenced to life in prison. After the trial, authorities said Williams was responsible for an additional 22 deaths, but there were no trials. Graham, who became DeKalb police chief Nov. 1, he has created a “cold case” squad that will make four of the “missing and murdered” cases its first order of business.