woman has come forward
saying that Gary Ridgway, picked her up on the street nearly 20
years ago and violently attacked her.
1985, in Portland,
a 15-year-old girl gave a sketch of a man she said tried to rape
and kill her. Investigators see similarities compared to a 1982,
photo of Ridgway. "There was not a suspect determined, and it
has some similarities to some of the Green River cases, said
Sally Gilpin, Oregon State Patrol.
The victim taken from
a section of Portland where prostitutes worked, was taken to the
woods and choked.
second wife, Marcia, described
strange behavior and unusual sex practices to detectives.
Ridgway was very familiar
with many of the dumpsites where these Green River bodies were
found. She told police he kept visqueen, rolls of protective plastic
covering that comes in rolls, in the bed of his truck. Visqueen
was covering one victim's near North Bend, and near the remains
of another in Tukwila.
Marcia also claimed
that once he came up from behind and choked her.
She and Ridgway had
sex numerous times on the banks of the Green River, the
same location where 5 Green River victims were found.
Before the couple divorced
in 1981, before women began disappearing, He would often be gone
during the evenings for long periods of time, returning dirty
or wet, claiming his car broke down.
or ex-wives took detectives to places where Ridgway took them.
He would tie them up to stakes when they had sex outdoors.
Detectives also say
Ridgway used to hunt and fish along Star Lake, where another cluster
of Green River bodies was discovered.
Christmas Eve, 1981,
Ridgway's girlfriend of claimed he blurted out at a restaurant,
he had almost killed someone -- he picked up a woman and couldn't
believe he almost killed her.
November, 1982, the
only living victim, Rebecca Guay, then
19, now 39, slipped
away from Ridgway
after he choked her, trying to kill her.
She is willing to testify against Ridgway.
30, 1983, Marie Malvar's boyfriend
and pimp, Robert Woods, was watching as Malyar, waiting for a
trick, stood at a bus stop near South 216th & Pacific Highway
South. He watched as she got into a pickup truck. "It had a primer
spot up by the tailgate, up by the back wheel, from what I remember,"
Woods said. "The way he sped up on her was what caught my eye
more than anything." Johns always drove away slow, he said. He
pulled up to the truck and saw Marie. He could see they were arguing.
"All I seen was a lot of hand movements. Yea, a lot of hand movements.
I don't know if she was talking fast, if she was hysterical or
what." Woods lost the trail at an intersection.
later, he told Maria's father, Jose Malvar, his daughter was gone.
Malvar insisted they look for that pickup truck. After half a
day they found it. "And when we went into the cul-de-sac
I pointed the truck out," Woods said. The
truck was parked in front of Gary Ridgway's home. Jose Malvar
and Woods called Des Moines police on May 4, 1983 but Ridgway,
denied knowing anything about Marie's disappearance. Woods couldn't
say for sure it was Ridgway he had seen. "They
said they couldn't do nothing about it," Woods said.
Jose Malvar said, "I
was angry, very angry because... what happened to my daughter?"
Woods and Jose
Malvar wish police had done more 18 years ago, when they led police
It was Jose Malvar's
tip that led detectives to take a saliva sample from Ridgway in
without evidence wasn't enough to make an arrest, said Sgt. John
Urquhart, spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office.
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