Atlanta, Wayne Williams, Murder discussed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition


I'm in a position where I can create content and I live in Atlanta. I was raised in the south. I grew up in Florida, and I knew this story. And I knew not a lot of people knew it. And it's exactly what you said. Like that travesty happen. It is literally one of the greatest American tragedies happen in this country where twenty three children were murdered kidnapped murdered within a twenty three month span. And it took a very long time for it to even make national news. It was at a time. When Atlanta was a city who had just got. His first black mayor we've coming out of the civil rights movement at that time, it happened the first murder happened in seventy nine and a lot of people said, we don't need this right now at -lanta is a city that we're trying to tell people to visit hate writes. This is something that we kind of need to go away. And because these kids were poor and because they were black and because they didn't have means and they didn't have people advocating for them. It was easier to victimize them. That's still true today. The most vulnerable amongst us. It's is still easier for them to be taken advantage of whether they're they're black kids or immigrants or whatever it is. You know for me it was about telling the story. So that we could be aware that this did happen in this country. If we're not careful it can happen again. That's what I enjoyed about the documentary is that it's it's less of an indictment on one specific personal bad guy percent osc questions in know questions that are laid out. How was this? Not a big story. Why within not more resources poured into this? How is this crime? That was never solved crimes. Rural that that will never solve and in many ways when I was watching documentary. It reminded me of what people said in and around the are Kelly story, and that was victims who all of a certain color victims who come from certain background less likely to be focused on by the mainstream news. Yeah. When you talking to these parents in the documentary, did they did they look at the documentary some sort of closure. Was it hard for them to relive the experience. You know, what it was? It was certainly difficult. That's the unfathomable. Right. You know, losing a child. There's there's nothing it's unimaginable. Level of painting. You're never the same. But it's interesting you said closure because for a lot of the victims families. You know, no one is in jail who has been tried and convicted at had to be held responsible for the murders of these children. What happened and you'll see this in the documentary? There is somebody that's in jail. His name is Wayne Williams, and he was convicted of murdering two adults around that same time. Right. And when it happened when they arrest. Him and tied him to evidence. For those other murders, the other murder stopped, and it was very convenient. At the time for the city law enforcement, George bureau investigations, people black white everybody said listen, this is the guy he did them. All we need to close these cases. And so for these families, they never got a chance to have closure. Right. Never got a chance to say. This is the person who needs to be held accountable for what happened to my child. And so it was it was definitely liberating for them to be able to tell their stories. We want to do they haven't had any national platform. Like this to tell what it was like to be a parent during that time reading as powerful story that shows you how much it could change a city and the country. I mean, the footage that you have in the documentary of the PSA's that would come on television where they would say it is ten pm. Yes is your child in dole? You know, your child, you know, where your child is. And this this really became a trying time for Atlanta when you talk to the families has. The been some sort of journey that they've had to go onto to even begin rebuilding their lives. What what do you find? You know, people have connected with to try and have some semblance of of of of. I guess hailing. Yeah. You know, it it it didn't it didn't. Well for many of the parents afterwards. We talk about that in the dock is right. This this is this is real life..

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