“It’s 10 p.m., do you know where your children are,” Georgia TV broadcast stations asked at the end of the 1970s.

Volunteers search for evidence in the midst of the Atlanta Child murders
Volunteers and police search for clues for a missing child in a wooded area in Atlanta in the 1980s.

Between 1979 and 1981, at least 28 African-American children, teens, and young adults—mostly boys—were kidnapped and murdered in Atlanta, Georgia.

A crowd gathers as investigators photograph the area where a child went missing
A crowd gathers as investigators photograph the area where a child went missing.

In the midst of the Atlanta Child murders, more than 100 agents were working on the investigation.

The city of Atlanta imposed curfews, and parents in the city removed their children from school and forbade them from playing outside.

Police arrive at the scene where the body of a missing child was found in 1981
Police arrive at the scene where the body of a missing child was found in 1981.

During the two-year murder spree, the attempts to catch the killer became so expensive that it caused the city to lose money.

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