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Atlanta child murders focal of Netflix's 'Mindhunter' season 2

Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

As the media world has picked apart big-time murders and crimes from the past 30 years with incredible intensity, they are reaching further back in time for content.

There are now three projects in the pipeline focused on the 1980 Atlanta child murders that led to the arrest of Wayne Williams.

The latest is from Netflix: the second season of "Mindhunter" will look at those murders. Creator David Fincher told Billboard about the show's soundtrack and how it will connect with this case:

“Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”

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The show in essence is about FBI agents learning how to profile serial killers in the late 1970s. Season 1 just came out to positive reviews, with Metacritic giving it a 78 out of 100 and viewers rating it an 8.6 out of 10.

In April, FX and Regina King announced they were producing a scripted series based on Kim Reid’s 2007 memoir “No Place Safe.” Reid was 13 when the case happened. She was placed in a private school with mostly white kids during that tense time. The series will be seen from her perspective watching her mom try to solve the case, which received national attention.

And just last month, Atlanta's How Stuff Works said it was creating a podcast on the subject called "Atlanta Monster."

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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