Ailanthus/WSB-TV Atlanta footage collection

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Scope and Content Note:

"Between 1979 to 1981, at least 30 African-American children and young adults disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta. Although 23-year-old Wayne Williams was prosecuted for two of the crimes, the rest of the cases were ultimately closed following his conviction in 1982. Forty years later, with the official re-opening of the case by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, this five-part docuseries tells the inside story of the shocking tragedy, shedding new light on the horrific killings through exclusive archival footage, unseen court documents and interviews with those closest to the children and investigation."--HBO Website ( accessed 2021-04-22).

Biographical Note:

Judith Aley and Solomon Polshek are archival researchers and producers.

Extent: 46 Quicktime video files
Cite Collection As: Ailanthus/WSB-TV Atlanta footage collection. Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries

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