Talk:Atlanta murders of 1979–1981

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This doesn't make sense[edit]

From the article:

"During a stakeout on May 22 ... an officer heard a splash beneath a bridge."

"Two days later, on May 24, ... the body of Nathaniel Cater was found ..." "The body had extensive water damage and may have been in the water for up to two weeks."

"Based on this evidence, including the police officer's hearing of the splash, police believed that Williams had killed Cater and disposed of his body while the police were nearby."

So the police believed a body with 2 weeks-worth of water damage had been dumped in the water just 2 days prior? That seems unlikely. Captainllama (talk) 17:23, 9 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Good catch. The source actually says that the body of Curtis Walker had been in the water approximately two weeks, not the body of Nathaniel Cater. AmbivalentUnequivocality (talk) 13:57, 23 August 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The date Nathaniel Cater went missing was May 22, and the date his body was found was May 24th. AmbivalentUnequivocality (talk) 14:00, 23 August 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Issues people have with the investigation and/or the trial and conviction of Wayne Williams[edit]

This article does not do a good enough job addressing the concerns raised by of critics who allege that the police and prosecutor, feeling intense pressure to close the case, tried ands convicted Wayne Williams on weak evidence and may have convicted the wrong man. Some critics even believe in "conspiracy theories" that others would describe as baseless or at least implausible. One of these was the basis for a TV movie on the Atlanta murders. As the article stands, it indirectly mentions conspiracy theories about the case, dances around the idea that not everyone believes they got the right man, but does not directly address the issue as I think the article should. Looking at the article on Wayne Williams, it does a much better job ion addressing the issues a significant number of people have with the investigation and later trial and conviction of Wayne Williams. The controversy section in that article does a much better job explaining the controversy then this article does. While we don't necessarily have to also have a controversy section in this article, we could do a much better job explaining what critics have concerns over regarding the investigation and/or trial of Wayne Williams. Some of this info does appear to exist in the article currently but could be expanded on such as in the Trial section, adding more issues raised about the prosecutors case and/or conduct. Also, being cleared and more in depth about issue raised over how the case was investigated by the police and FBI would help. --Notcharliechaplin (talk) 18:18, 3 April 2018 (UTC)

Remember, the jury of his peers convicted him, hot the police or the District Attorney's office - they charge him with a crime - only a jury (or judge for bench-trials) do the convicting. (talk) 05:17, 23 November 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As it stands, the article does a pretty good job of covering things with due weight. We cannot spend too much space explaining conspiracy theories without violating the policy on due weight and fringe views. It is certainly not our place to overly emphasize people's criticisms or "address the concerns" of critics, but rather to state what reliable sources say with due weight. AmbivalentUnequivocality (talk) 00:31, 11 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why have a photo of the Omni Coliseum?[edit]

It doesn't seem to be mentioned in the article? Reluctant to delete in case I'm missing something.

Gilgamesh4 (talk) 09:43, 8 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I was thinking the exact same thing. As a possible explanation I thought maybe the benefit concert in 1981 was held there and the photo was part of a since-removed reference, but the concert was held at the Atlanta Civic Center, not at the Omni Coliseum.2A02:8084:A80:7E80:91F3:2F81:354F:262E (talk) 11:52, 6 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Likewise wondering this. That photo makes no sense without context -- which has yet to arrive almost 18 months after first discussion -- and if none can be provided it should be removed. (talk) 19:45, 14 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


There's an archive page for this article ( that isn't linked here. Does anyone know how to link it? All Hallow's Wraith (talk) 01:36, 19 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've corrected the error with the archive page and the link now works. Libertybison (talk) 03:04, 13 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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