Long before Wayne Williams was developed as a suspect it was
discovered in the laboratory that each victim had one or more of a set of
matching hairs and fibers on them, suggesting that they had come into
contact with the same person or person's environment. One of these matching
fibers (shown below) came to figure prominently in the overall case. This
was a fiber with very unusual properties - a tri-lobal green nylon fiber
with one leg of the three lobes much shorter than the other two lobes.
This fiber is depicted as seen under the microscope and SEM in longitudinal
views and cross-sectional views.
This fiber, which turned out to be a relatively rare carpet fiber
produced by the Wellman Corporation and woven into carpet by the West Point
Pepperell Corporation in Dalton, GA (dyed English Olive Green) some 10 years
prior to the case, came to be associated with the carpet in Wayne Williams'
home after he was developed as a suspect. The FBI calculated a conservative
estimate of a probability of occurence of 1 in 7,792 for this fiber alone. A
search of his home and automobile also produced numerous other hair and
fiber sources for the different fibers formed on the victims' bodies. Shown
below is one of over 40 charts and 350 photographs which were shown to the
jury at trial.
Ultimately, Wayne Williams was arrested, tried and convicted in the
murders of two of the thirty children associated with this series of killings.