Up - Devoted Son - Friendly Neighbor
Ridgway is the middle child of 3 sons. He was born to Tom and
Mary Ridgway on February 18, 1949, in Utah. He had an older
brother Greg and a younger brother, Ed. He grew up south of
Seattle a working class neighborhood, not far from the airport
"strip" in what would become SeaTac, WA.
considered a dutiful son. He was "very close" to his
mother but not to his father. His father, Tom Ridgway worked
as a bus driver on the strip and complained about the prostitutes.
He was also dominated by his mother according to his first wife.
His mother yelled at his father and broke a dinner plate over
his father's head while he was at the table (he "only got
up and left").
father, Tom, died 3 years ago. His mother, Mary died of cancer
of August 2001. He helped care for his aging parents, stopping
his mother died, he held a garage sale at her home. "He was
always nice and polite," said neighbor David Malo. He stayed
in touch with his old neighborhood.
Duarte, neighbor, said the only time Ridgway seemed only interested
in discussing hunting. Ridgway would tell him about how he and
a brother liked to hunt in the mountains.
and his brothers put the family home up for sale, for $219,000.
Ridgway had complained to a coworker about the fighting among
in his in-laws over his mother's estate.
wife and relatives are Support ive of him but do not want to
deal with the reporters, so they did not show up at the arraignment.
His wife, Judith, has hired
a lawyer, Rebecca Wiess, who has not made any statements. Ridgway's
relatives are unwilling to talk.
sister-in-law, wife of his older brother Greg, said family attorneys
told them not to speak to the media. "We're praying," She said
from her South Seattle home.