In 1979 a slew of murders of African-American children were committed in Atlanta. Over two years, at least 29 children were kidnapped and murdered.
Forty years later, “The Atlanta child murders” still reverberate in TV mini-series, podcasts, and music. WABE’s new “Bottom of the Map” podcast addresses how both the murders and hip-hop music are intertwined in the latest episodes.
“A majority of those cases remain unsolved, and I think that’s what a majority of the Atlanta community still reckons with,” said “Bottom of the Map” co-host Christina Lee about the newfound intrigue in these cases.
In the podcast, you can hear from Atlanta legendary anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson and “Peaches” from Organized Noise talk about being in Atlanta during the murders. In reference to how the music is a tribute to the victims of these murders, co-host Dr. Regina Bradley says, “What the music does is show the inferiority of the grief of working class black communities in the city of Atlanta.”
“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with the co-hosts Bradley and Lee about their latest episodes. You can hear more of their conversations on any major streaming app.