At least twenty-nine black children and young adults were murdered by an Atlanta serial killer between the summer of 1979 and the spring of 1981. Drawing national media attention, the Atlanta tragedy, as it became known, was immediately labeled a hate crime. However, when a young black man was arrested and convicted for the killings, public attention quickly shifted. Noted criminologist Bernard Headley was in Atlanta as the tragedy unfolded and provides here a thoughtful exploration of the social and political implications of the case both locally and nationally. Focusing on a singular historical event, Headley exposes broader tensions of race and class in contemporary America."
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 242
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
" Bernard Headley has produced a solid piece of work about an important historical event which has wider and more profound implications concerning race and class in the United States. . . . In my judgment, his explication of the roles of race and class in Atlanta (and by implication the United States) is exactly accurate." -- Richard Allen Morton, Clark Atlanta University