Wayne Williams Case Study

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The Atlanta Police Department and the FBI had formed a surveillance team. On May 22, 1981, the team was situated under the James Jackson Parkway Bridge over the Chattahooche River in northwest Atlanta. Around 2:00 a.m., the surveillance team heard a loud splash and observed an automobile driving slowly off the bridge. The vehicle was stopped, and was Wayne Williams was identified as the driver on the bridge. Two days following the incident on the bridge, the nude body of Nathaniel Cater was pulled from the Chattahoochee River, approximately 1 mile downstream from the James Jackson Parkway Bridge (Deadman, 1984). “A yellowish green nylon carpet-type fiber, similar to the nylon fibers discussed above, was recovered from the head hair of Nathaniel Cater (Deadman, 1984). Authorities were unable to confirm Wayne Williams’ reason…show more content…
On June 3, 1981, a search warrants for Williams' home and automobile were obtained. Upon entrance into the home of Williams, agents noted a green carpet that seemed to be a match to the fiber found in the head of Nathaniel Carter. Other fiber found on victims were associated with a bedspread from Williams' bed and with the Williams' family dog (Deadman, 1984). After an intensive investigation law enforcement concluded that it was very unlikely that the fibers and hairs found on the victims came from any location other than Wayne Williams home and car. Investigator determined that it would be virtually impossible to have matched so many fibers found on Cater and Payne to items in Williams' house and car unless the victims actually came in contact with environment of Wayne Williams (Deadman, 1984). Though Carter and Payne cases had the strongest amount of evidence against Williams, fiber consistent with those in his home and automobile were

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