killings spanned from 1982 to 1998. Ridgway aka the Green River Killer left victims in the Green River valley. Ridgway
plead guilty to murdering 48 Green
River Killer victims on November 5, 2003.
Ridgway said thta strangling young women was
his "career." A plea deal lead
to finding four sets of remains and took the death penalty off the table. If the King County prosecutor didn't have the death penalty to use as a bargaining chip would Ridgway have told where the victims were?
The remains of the alleged 49th victim has been found. She was last seen walking out of a SeaTac motel on Dec. 3, 1982. She is survived by a 3-year-old daughter Her skull was found Dec. 21, 2010 in an Auburn ravine where Ridgway killed another woman. Ridgway, plead guilty the murder of Rebecca "Becky" Marrero who was among his first victims. On 2/18/11, Ridgway received his 49th life sentence. No death penalty was possible due to a prior deal.
Ridgway remains a person of interest in two Oregon murders from the 1980s, but hasn't been charged in that case. Ridgway faces the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder outside King County.
special agent Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole,
a senior profiler, and expert on serial
killers interviews Ridgway
July 24, 2007 Update:
publicizes facial reconstructions
of 3 Green River victims:
years after Ridgway pleaded guilty
to murdering 48 women, King County
Sheriff investigators released photos
of three victims who were never
identified in hopes
omeone might recognize their facial
reconstruction photos . Ridgway,
admitted to killing them in the
spring or summer of 1983, but didn't
know their identities. Detectives
do not know who they are.
who recognizes any of the victims
is asked to call the King County
Sheriff's Office at 206-296-7530.
- The alledged
10th victim, a Caucasian possibly
as young as 12 was found March
21, 1984, in the Burien area,
off Des Moines Memorial Drive.
alledged 16th victim, an African-American
or mixed-race woman, approximately
18 to 24 years old, was found
December 30, 1985, near Auburn's
Mountain View Cemetery.
Caucasian female between 14
and 18 years old were also
found near Mountain View Cemetery
was the 17th victim. She was
found Jan. 2, 1986,
bodies on the official
list of Green River victims were
found in Oregon, which has capital punishment.
Authorities believe Ridgway committed
from 60 up to hundreds of murders.
Mills the brother of Green River
Mills remembers their childhood
Green River Victims
remember loved ones lost
Michelle Barczak was 19 when she
was 16 when he stabbed his first
victim, a 6-year-old boy who
was critically injured. Police ignored
the boy when he fingered Ridgway
as his attacker.
1983 when Paige
Elizabeth Miley 21, talked briefly
with a man who would later be accused
of four of the 1982-84 Green River murders.
The man asked where her "tall, blond
friend" was, and Miley guessed he was
the abductor of fellow prostitute Kim
Nelson two days before.
left jewelry he took from victims
in women's bathroom at work hoping
they would wear it.
his own words ``I would talk
to her ... and get her mind off
of the, uh, anything she was nervous
about. And think, you know, she
thinks, `Oh, this guy cares,' and
which I, I didn't. I just want to
uh get her in the vehicle and eventually
and arrogance fueled Ridgway "In
most cases, when I murdered these
women, I did not know their names," Ridgway's
statement to the court said. "Most
of the time, I killed them the first
time I met them. I do not have a
good memory for their faces. I killed
so many women, I have a hard time
keeping them straight."
enjoyed returning to his ``clusters''
helped bring Ridgway to justice
killed as many as 70 women.
Green River plea bargain and the
case for capital punishment
the scenes of Ridgway's stunning
tried to reassure victims before
look at the `secret' spot where
Ridgway was kept
History of the Green River
20 years ago, 49 killings occurred during
a 3 year period. The case remains the
largest known unsolved serial murder
spree in the US.
term "Green River killer" was
coined because the first 5 bodies were
found in or near Green River in Kent,
south King County, WA in 1982. 37 victims
were found on dry land. Off Star Lake
Road on Kent's West Hill south of the
Green River Valley is where 5 more victims
were found. Other clusters of bodies
were found near Sea
-Tac, North Bend, Enumclaw, and OR.
No one knows why the killings linked
to the Green River seemed to have stopped
sometime in 1984. Now they are not sure
they did. Recent
investigations indicate the Green
River Killer reign of terror might have
extended beyond the 1982 -1984 span and
could have extended his crimes geographically
as far as San
Diego, CA, Portland,
OR and Vancouver,
BC. Ongoing investigations are looking
for clues to link the crimes.
of the Green River Killer FBI Profile
the 49 identified victims,
18 were under the age of 18, 12
were 18 - 20, and 15 were 21 or
older and 4 sets of remains are
deaths were violent
victims were females of all races
either had connections with prostitution
or were hitchhiking
victims were last
seen alive around the SeaTac
area, on Pacific Hwy. S
victims disappeared the same day
3 different times. No victims disappeared
in January. Other bad weather months,
October - March, 15 women disappeared.
April - September, 30 victims disappeared.
7 women disappeared in October.
July and August had 6 murders each.
4 women disappeared over 8 days
in April 83
victims weren't found until the
remains were only bones
of bodies were found
- The bodies were
found in wooded or brushy areas
where trash is dumped illegally,
near isolated roads with clear views,
or in or near the Green River. Some
close to residences in high traffic
bodies were dumped, nude, partially
or fully clothed
of the victims were posed
were concealed, not buried in deep
County Court charged
Ridgway on 4 counts of aggravated
murder in the deaths of 4 women
in the 1980s.
Bush 's remains were found in
2 separate dump sites, hours apart
from each other.
November 30, 2001, Gary
Leon Ridgway, a 52 year married man
who had worked for the same company for
32 years was arrested for
the murders of 4
of the "Green River Killer" victims.
found on or near several victims led
some to believe the killings were religiously
motivated. That runaways and prostitutes,
were killed in the name of God. Bob Keppel
calls that hogwash. "If he was doing
that," Keppel said, "he didn't need to
do what he did to those bodies sexually
and after death. There's something else
Bob Keppel believes if Ridgway is the
Green River Killer, he never stopped.
He took his killing elsewhere. There
are 80 unsolved murders of young women
Canada and Portland, Oregon over
the past 20 years. Gary Ridgway is a
prime suspect in those cases.
Maleng, King County Prosecutor will
not accept a guilty plea in exchange
for not pursuing the death penalty. Defense Attorney
Tony Savage says they won't be offering
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