Fiber Evidence in Wayne Williams Conviction

Fiber Evidence in Wayne Williams Conviction.




Fiber Evidence in Wayne Williams Conviction.

As a resident of Atlanta Georgia, Williams hailed from a family of an African American descent where both parents were teachers. Williams is linked to the Atlanta child murders that prevailed from 1979 to 1981(Deadman, 1984). Around thirty incidences of murder were linked to Wayne Williams and he was attributed to twenty-three out of the thirty occurrences of manslaughter. As a serial killer, Williams was suspected from various spectrums especially from the public. It was until the day that police heard a loud splash in the river around a bridge that was susceptible to murder incidences followed by a car driving away from the bridge(Deadman, 1984). The purpose of this essay is to critically examine the role of fiber evidence in the conviction of Wayne Bertram Williams.

The police became suspicious of the vehicle and approached the driver of the car who was Williams. Williams explained that he was going for a mail from an upcoming artist Cheryl Johnson for the auditions sometimes later in the month. The police picked the credentials from Williams but only to realize that the phone number was a lie. Suspicion built up from that scenario started making the police to perceive Williams as a criminal. Later three days down the line a body without clothes was found in the river, the body was identified as that of Nathaniel Carter (DeLong, 2018). Medics worked on the body to establish the cause of death. The results proved that the deceased died due to deprivation from sufficient oxygen.

Police developed strong feelings towards Williams as the perpetrator of that inhuman action. Having given a false phone number and the loud splash of water heard by the police followed by the car to Williams driving away, he was the murderer for this victim. Williams was arrested, and he was taken through a polygraph test which failed to recognize him as a criminal. No evidence upon Williams could be seen to identify him as a criminal. Hair tests and fiber tests were unable to establish him as a perpetrator of the murders that were prone to Atlanta (DeLong, 2018). In a press conference, Wayne Bertram Williams justified himself to the public as an innocent person and that he was falsely accused of the murders in Atlanta.

Later on, Jim Ray Pane was also found dead, and the co-workers to Williams identified scars on his arms showing a struggle and making the matter worse a murder had just prevailed. Wayne Williams was detained in 1982 following the justifications from the killing of Jim where carpet fibers linked to that of their home identified him as the murderer. After being taken before the court of law, the judges ordered a life imprisonment verdict to Williams. As he was serving his imprisonment results proved him to match with the evidence of 130 on the case of Patrick Baltazar who was assassinated sometimes back. Also, in this case, 99 percent of the hairs conformed to those of the German shepherd dog of the Williams family (Deadman, 1984). It was substantial evidence of proving Williams as a murderer of the boy.

Fiber evidence was crucial in the process of judging Wayne Williams because substantial evidence generated from the fiber technology helped in spotting the murderer. Wayne Williams had used ways of assassinating that were so smart in distorting any form of evidence, but the fiber technology could quickly identify him as the killer in twelve murder victims. Fiber technology portrays the impact of technology in forensic science. Perpetrators of murder can be easily identified through minute details that may appear as not relevant (Fong, 1989). Also, the features that are used by the fiber technique in identifying murderers are things that even the killer cannot stay away from them even under what circumstance.

A conviction to Wayne Williams without any substantial evidence could not be comprehensive in affirming that he was the real murderer (DeLong, 2018). Although the people murdered happened to have a close last seen moments with Williams that could not justifiably establish Williams as the one responsible for the murder. Also, the people around Wayne were anxious to know the reason for the bruises and marks around his arms during the times of the killings. The judge to his case was also convicted of not giving him an appeal for there was substantial evidence generated by the DNA test carried out by the medical specialists (Deadman, 1984). Earlier before his arrest police had some spotlight that they could have based to establish Williams as the murderer in Atlanta, this is because he gave fake details about himself and Cheryl Johnson who was just a scapegoat to help him out of the problematic situation. Later after the police found a dead body along the river moments after an object was thrown into the river was enough evidence to arrest Williams but he not be proven guilty.

The scientific approach in generating evidence on criminals is helpful into the extent of giving out evidence to the court of law for further charges on the crime perceived to have done (Fong, 1984). It works well for the jury to give reliable evidence before the court of law concerning the criminal. Connections of the evidence to any public information related to the criminal are helpful for the investigations team to remain tuned to the criminal for further allegations. It makes the process of charging criminals accessible to the law administering bodies. In the Atlanta murder evidence, Williams goes to the extent of even addressing the public in a press conference justifying himself innocent. It is until the various DNA tests are carried out and evidence that is not easily escapable is issued to the statutory bodies for his charges.

In the courtroom Williams pretends to rebel to the charges rendered to him and his lawyers feel that the due justice is not issued to Williams. The judge does not hesitate in curbing further murders and also in the protection of the public safety concerning the residents of Atlanta. Fiber evidence is so reliable to the extent of making sure the due criminal is identified for curbing the prevalence of similar instances in the future (Deadman, 1984).

The approach of DNA test is crucial in high profile criminal offenses that are somehow distorting in terms of recognizing the actual criminal in the context. As seen in the case of Atlanta child murders, the approach is helpful in a quicker reaction to public safety and adversities that can happen in society (Fong, 1989). In terror incidences, serial killer instances the use of fiber technology can quickly identify the actual people to be held responsible for the action. Though the process is costly, it would act as the best way of curbing crime in the world. If all security bodies around the world can afford the method, the proper threshold of identifying criminals will be established.

In summary, it may seem that Williams was smart in covering the evidence of his shoddy actions. But through the use of fiber approach, he was found to be responsible for the various activities of murder. At the moment only two cases justified him as a murderer. In 2010 further samples proved him responsible for an incidence of Patrick Baltazar. In general, DNA technology is helpful in the identification of criminals to unclear instances in the restoration of public safety.


Deadman, H. A. (1984). Fiber evidence and the Wayne Williams trial (part I). FBI L. Enforcement Bull., 53, 13.

DeLong, William. “Wayne Williams And The Mystery Of The Atlanta Child Murders.” All That’s Interesting, All That’s Interesting, 3 Apr. 2018, Accessed 8 May 2019.

Fong, W. (1989). Analytical methods for developing fibers as forensic science proof: A review with comments. Journal of Forensic Science, 34(2), 295-311.