The 27th Victim

Atlanta's ordeal goes on

The news was distressingly familiar. A poor, black youth had been found strangled to death near an intersection of Interstate 20, just outside Atlanta. William Barrett, 17, a ne'er-do-well with a police record for burglary, had been reported missing only hours before he became the 27th known victim in the string of murders that has plagued the Georgia capital since 1979 and left investigators thoroughly baffled.

In Barrett's case, however, officials thought they might finally have a break. His body was discovered only 2½ to seven hours after he died, as opposed to the days, weeks and even months...

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