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Wayne Williams Case Study
Updated: 10/18/2020
Wayne Williams Case Study
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  • Who is Wayne Williams?
  • Suspicion on the River
  • Questioning Him
  • In Atlanta, Georgia 1981 there was a man named Wayne Williams. He was an owner of a radio station, soon after he decided to become a pop music manager and producer.
  • Coming To The Realization
  • He was first linked to a suspicious sound coming from the Chattahoochee River through surveillance cameras that were on the bridge.
  • Conviction
  • The police stopped and questioned him about it, but Williams denied it and claimed that he was on the bridge on the way to audition a young talent by the name Cheryl Johnson, who police later found out was fake.
  • Retrial
  • A couple of days after the incident, police found the nude body of 27-year-old Nathaniel Cater in the river. The medical examiner ruled that he died of asphyxia but there were no signs of him being suffocated.
  • Williams failed three polygraph tests and hairs and fibers retrieved from the body of another victim, Jimmy Ray Payne, were the same as the hair and fibers found in his house, car, and on his dog. He was arrested on June 21, 1982 and sentenced to life.
  • In early 2004, he sought a retrial but it was revealed that he had relations to the Klu Klux Klan and any other evidence would not stand up to scientific scrutiny. A federal judge rejected the request for retrial on October 17, 2006.
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