Atlanta Child Murders

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James Earl Jones

Rip Torn

Morgan Freeman

Ruby Dee

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A network cause-celebre on its initial showing because of presumed "liberties" taken with the facts, this five-hour, two-part docudrama was based on the highly charged Wayne Williams case in Atlanta, Georgia -- he was a self-styled black music promoter who was convicted in 1982 of the murder of two adults following a pattern of child killings in Atlanta's black community between 1979 and 1981. Both Rip Torn and Martin Sheen won Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actor (Sheen refused his nomination as he had for "That Certain Summer" a dozen years before) for their performances as, respectively, the politically ambitious district attorney and the former cop who had resigned from... Full Summary >>