HBO announced today via a press release that the five-part documentary series “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” will debut on April 5 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
The following is from HBO’s press release, detailing the synopsis of the series and what audiences can expect:
“Over a two-year period beginning in 1979, at least 30 black children and young adults were murdered in the city of Atlanta. By February 1982, Wayne Williams was found guilty of murdering two adults: 28-year-old Nathaniel Cater and 21-year-old Jimmy Ray Payne. Ten other children’s murders were linked to Williams by the prosecution. Days after Williams was sentenced to two life terms, most of the children’s cases were closed and attributed to Williams, without ever going to trial. The series explores how the victims’ family members – along with many others in the Atlanta community – remain skeptical of Williams’ guilt, despite circumstantial evidence linking the victims to him. The series points to alternate suspects, and the biases and unexplored leads that may have tainted the original investigation.
The series begins with the March 2019 announcement by Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Chief of Police Erika Shields that the city would be re-examining evidence from the brutal killings. In exclusive interviews, Bottoms and Shields both assure the public and the victims’ families that every investigative lead will be followed, with Shields speculating, “Do I think that, in some of the cases, there will be a different suspect? Yes.”
Through never-before-seen footage, interviews, court documents and other materials, this timely documentary series brings new evidence to light, providing a powerful window into one of America’s most shocking chapters. Investigating the racial tensions and political clashes that brought Atlanta to a boiling point and caught the nation in a moment of transition, the series raises new pressing questions. Featuring interviews with key figures and experts, the series reveals a shattered community that has fought for justice for their children for forty years.
ATLANTA’S MISSING AND MURDERED: THE LOST CHILDREN features a wide range of subjects who provide fresh insights on the murders from every angle, including several of the victims’ mothers and family members – Catherine Leach, Helen Pue, Sheila Baltazar, Eunice Jones, Airmentha Williams, Sirlena Cobb, Anthony Terrell and Isaac Rogers; journalists Karl Evanzz, Bob Sirkin, Clem Richardson, Maynard Eaton, David Hilder and Monica Kaufman Pearson; retired Atlanta police detectives Danny Agan, Bob Buffington, W.J. Taylor and Lou Arcangeli; retired FBI agents Jim Procopio and Mike McComas; Williams’ attorneys Mary Welcome, Tony Axam, Lynn Whatley and Ron Kuby; prosecutor Joseph Drolet; historians and activists Michael Simanga and Natsu Taylor Saito; former GA state representative Tyrone Brooks; Mayor Maynard Jackson’s Director of Communications, Angelo Fuster; and many others. “
The press release also reveals that Sam Pollard, Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre and Joshua Bennett will serve as both directors and executive producers on the project, while Saralena Weinfield produces and Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and John Legend executive produce.
The series will mark the latest in a long line of documentaries made by HBO throughout recent years including “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” “The Defiant Ones” and the Emmy Award winning “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”
Embeded below is the trailer for the upcoming HBO documentary series:
“Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” debuts on HBO on April 5 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
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