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The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer
by Robert Keppel
July 15, 1982: 3 woman's strangled body was filed, caught on the pilings of Washington state's Green River. Before long, the "Green River Killer" would be suspected in at least 49 homicides, with no end in sight. Then authorities received a letter from Bundy -- on death row -- offering to help catch the Green River Killer. But he would only talk to Robert Keppel, the former homicide detective who helped track Bundy's cross-county killing spree.

The Search for the Green River Killer by Carlton Smith, Tomas Guillen
This reckoning of the deaths of almost 50 women in Seattle is distressing not only for the gruesomeness of the crimes but also for reasons probably not intended by Smith and Guillen, who reported on the murders for the Seattle Times.

Dark Dreams: Sexual Violence, Homicide and the Criminal Mind
by Roy Hazelwood, Stephen G. Michaud Profiler Roy Hazelwood reveals the twisted motives and thinking that go into the most reprehensible crimes. He catalogs innovative and effective investigative approaches that allow law enforcement to construct psychological profiles of the offenders. Hazelwood takes readers into his sinister world inhabited by dangerous offenders: * A young woman disappears from the convenience store where she works. Her skeletonized remains are found in a field, near a torture device.
* A teenager's body is found hanging in a storm sewer. His clothes are neatly folded by the entrance and a stopwatch is found in his mouth.
* A married couple, driving with their toddler in the back seat, pick up a female hitchhiker, kidnap her, and for 7 years kept her as a sexual slave. Hazelwood proves that the right amount of determination and logic can bring even the most cunning and devious criminals to justice.

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"She still was a human being and she still had family that cared and loved her just like all the other ones had family that cared and loved them. And my sister she was a sweet person, a caring person and she was loved by a lot of people." Victim, Cynthia Hind's brother -- Terry Hinds

King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng said "justice is a concept that never gets old. ... For the victim, the loss is ultimate. For the family, the grief is permanent and for the community the harm and danger do not diminish for the passage of time."

Statewide 151 cases of missing women have been forwarded to King County detectives.

Serial killers driven to act out the same type of brutality repeatedly, leave psychological markers. "In multiple-victim cases, we always look to see if there is a signature so we can tie victims together," said King County sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart.

A complete list of victims by date of disappearance.


Victims found in the Green River case

Area of disappearances

The stories of the victim's and their loved ones left behind:

The 4 Victims Gary Ridgway is charged with murdering

4 victims Gary Leon Ridgway is charged with murdering -- In August 1982, the bodies of 4 young women, believed to be victims of Gary Ridgway. Deborah Lynn Bonner, Marcia Faye Chapman, Opal Charmaine Mills and Cynthia Jean Hinds. All died of asphyxiation, and detectives believed the same person was responsible. They were among the first 5 victims found. Carol Ann Christensen, found May 8, 1983 in the woods of the nearby Maple Valley area of King County, she was the 7th victim found.

Marcia Faye Chapman -- She told her kids she had to run to the store to get some groceries and was never seen again.

Carol Christensen, 21, -- It was her 2nd day on the job, she'd been doing well, had a 4-year-old daughter and was determined to make it.

Cynthia Hinds, 17 -- "She just loved people she was close to me I was close to her and we did a lot of family things together," said her brother Terry Hinds who was 15 when Cynthia was killed.

Opal Charmaine Mills - The body of Mills, believed to be one of the first victims in the Green River killings, was found on a grassy bank of the Green River in Kent. The bodies of Cynthia Hinds and Marcia Chapman were found nearby.

"Remember the victims, Opal Mills and Cynthia Hinds!" Debra York, Cynthia Hinds aunt, cried, Im just hurt. I just hope they got the guy, he dont deserve to live, killing my niece, Cynthia Hinds.

Denise Griffin, 35, still remembered of the last time she talked with her close friends, Opal Mills and Cynthia Hinds. "I can't even imagine what their last moments were like, what they endured," said Griffin. "And he knows." After the hearing ended, Griffin asked the others to "remember the victims."


Other Unsolved Green River Cases

Rebecca Guay, 19 - The Only Living Witness -"I am a survivor." Now 39, Guay is the one who slipped away. "He said he wasn't the Green River murderer, he said he wasn't when I asked him."

Wendy Coffield, 16 Years Old - Wendy Lee Coffield, a dropout and runaway from Pierce County died by ligature strangulation.

Marie Malvar, 17 Years Old - Marie liked to disco dance. She was a waitress in a restaurant her father owned. She was friendly and trusting with customers.

Carrie Ann Rois, Vanished without a trace in 1983.

Mary Sue Bello, 25, "I remember how she used to be so happy," the mother said. "She was always helping others. She was so big-hearted."

Debra Bonner, 23, Shirley Bonner, 72, of Tacoma, says she hopes she will learn what happened to her daughter.

Mary Bridget Meehan - Last seen alive on Sept. 15, 1983, was 8 1/2 months pregnant.

Denise Bush, 23, - Bush's killer had crossed state lines. Shirley Sherrill's remains were found nearby.

Shirley Sherrill, 18, - Last seen in Seattle's International District in 1982. Found near Denise Bush.

Terry Milligan, 16 - Police discovered her skeletal remains off South Star Lake Road in Spring 1984.

Sandy Gabbert, 17 - Police discovered her skeletal remains off South Star Lake Road in Spring 1984. The skeleton of a large dog was found next to her.

Alma Smith, 18 - Police discovered her skeletal remains off South Star Lake Road in Spring 1984.

Connie Naon, 21, - Encountered her killer across the street from "My Place" a strip joint outside of the Red Lion Hotel (now the DoubleTree Hotel.) She was taken a few blocks away to South 192nd Street, her body left in the brush, surrounded by fir trees. Her skeleton was found, near the remains of Mary Bridget Meehan, Kelly Ware and Andrea Childers.

Gisele Lovvorn, 17 - Her partially skeletonized remains were found in brush near the Bullpen Tavern in August 1982.

Gail Lynn Mathews - Was last seen in a pickup in 1983 at an intersection on South 216th Street, near the Three Bears Hotel.

Delores Williams, 17 - In spring 1984, a mushroom hunter stumbled over her skull off South Star Lake Road.

Tammie Liles, 16, Marysville, WA, runaway, found April 23, 1985, near a golf course in Tualatin, OR. She was last see by her family in 1983. A female 17 - 19 years old who has never been identified was found close by.

Tracy Ann Winston - Tracy Ann Winston, 19 yr. - 2 years ago investigators identified the remains of 16 years after her initial disappearance the only thing left were skeletal remains.

4 women were killed sometime between 1986 and March of this year. Habakangas, 17, North Bend in November 1991. French, 19, Nov. 7, 1992, Habakangas' friend. Barczak, disappeared October 1986, from the same area French and Habakangas were last seen. Found near Auburn seven years later. Mulwee, 23, was found on March 8, 2001, state Route 18 in Auburn. She had disappeared December 31, 2000.

Sarah Marshlene Habakangas - 17 - "Sarah never had a bad bone in her body and she had her own mind." Her body was in the same area as her friend, Nicole French, 19

Nicole French - 19 - Sacramento, CA - Summer 1992 -- She came to Seattle to straighten out her life. She had a daughter. Her body was in the same area as her friend Sarah Habakangas, 17, found.

Patricia Barczak, 19 - Not knowing who killed her daughter is "pure hell."

Anitra Mulwee, 23 - Anitra R. Mulwee did not come home to Tacoma from a New Year's Eve party in Seattle, December 31, 2000.

Monica Anderson, 32 -- On Aug. 12, 1984 was found dead along the Chehalis River. She was seen getting into a brown van on Commerce Street in Tacoma and was the first of 3 victims whose bodies were found in Lewis County. Initially, Anderson's death was only remotely linked to the Green River killings, because of her lifestyle and the discovery of her body along a river.

Susan Krueger, 42 -- May 5, 1985, her body was found along a guardrail on Interstate 5. She was last seen 2 months earlier leaving the Pierce County Jail.

Mignon Hensley, 21 -- On Aug. 5, 1991, her body was found on Highway 12. She was also last seen 2 months earlier leaving the Deja Vu dance club on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way after asking about a job as an exotic dancer. She was 8 months pregnant when she died.

Tracy Olajide, Tammy Lee Pipe and Victoria Younker had been drug addicts who worked the streets of downtown Vancouver, BC. Olajide and Younker were mothers in and out of detox often. In 1995, the three women were found dead, their bodies dumped near remote logging roads in the heavily wooded Fraser Valley . Canadian police say the deaths bear some similarities with the Green River victims, and they're eager to compare DNA samples.

Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006

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