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After 40 Years, A Former Newsweek Editor Recalls Covering The Atlanta Child Murders

Vern E. Smith was Newsweek’s Bureau Chief in Atlanta during the Atlanta child murders.
Vern E. Smith was Newsweek’s Bureau Chief in Atlanta during the Atlanta child murders.
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Forty years ago in July, the Atlanta Child Murders began dominating the headlines.

Countless children, mainly boys were either missing or dead and the mad search was on for a suspect. Newsweek Magazine was noted for its extensive coverage during that two year period.

Vern E. Smith was Newsweek’s Bureau Chief in Atlanta. He joined Lisa Rayam on “Morning Edition” to talk about the case.

Listen to part 1 above and part 2 below.

Part 2