Following the success of Tenderfoot TV’s Up and Vanished, the team behind the true crime podcast is joining forces with veteran podcasting company HowStuffWorks for a new series that will explore a nearly 40-year-old murder case.
Atlanta Monster will take a closer look at the Atlanta Child Murders, a horrifying moment in history when a series of killings claimed the lives of 28 young victims, mostly male and all African American, from 1979 to 1981. Following a massive manhunt, investigators arrested a local 23-year-old man named Wayne Williams, who was subsequently convicted of two adult murders and sentenced to two consecutive life terms. Williams has not been tried or convicted for a number of child murders that police have attributed to him, and he maintains his innocence to those cases.
The podcast, set to premiere later this year, will re-interview a number of witnesses, and feature conversations with experts and victims’ families. Below, hear a snippet of Williams from a previous interview in this exclusive teaser of the upcoming podcast.
“That event in Atlanta history is a reflection on the undercurrent of the nation’s racial tension in the early 1980s” said Jason Hoch, HowStuffWorks Head of New Initiatives. “We see a lot of those same tensions coming to bear in the present day so this is a great time to pull back the curtain and take a closer look at this significant story.”
The series will be hosted by Atlanta filmmaker Payne Lindsey, who helmed Up and Vanished, and jointly produced by Tenderfoot TV and HowStuffWorks. While this is the third true crime podcast under the Tenderfoot brand, Atlanta Monster markes HowStuffWorks’ first foray into the popular genre.
The story of the Atlanta Child Murders will garner even more attention this fall, as it’s the focus of an upcoming FX series titled No Place Safe. Produced by American Crime star Regina King, the developing drama will be based on Kim Reid’s 2007 memoir of the same name.