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
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."
151 cases of missing women have been
forwarded to King County detectives.
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.
complete list of victims by date of disappearance.
found in the Green River case
stories of the victim's and their loved ones left behind:
4 Victims Gary Ridgway is charged with murdering
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.
Faye Chapman -- She
told her kids she had to run to the store to get some groceries
and was never seen again.
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.
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.
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
"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."
Unsolved Green River Cases
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."
Coffield, 16 Years Old - Wendy
Lee Coffield, a dropout and runaway from Pierce County died by ligature
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.
Vanished without a trace in 1983.
25, "I remember how she used to be so happy," the mother
said. "She was always helping others. She was so big-hearted."
Bonner, 23, Shirley Bonner, 72, of Tacoma, says she
hopes she will learn what happened to her daughter.
- Last seen alive on Sept. 15, 1983, was 8 1/2 months pregnant.
Bush, 23, - Bush's killer had crossed state
lines. Shirley Sherrill's remains were found nearby.
Sherrill, 18, - Last seen in Seattle's International
District in 1982.
Found near Denise Bush.
16 - Police
discovered her skeletal remains off South Star Lake Road in Spring
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.
18 - Police
discovered her skeletal remains off South Star Lake Road in Spring
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.
Lovvorn, 17 - Her partially skeletonized remains were
found in brush near the Bullpen Tavern in August 1982.
Mathews - Was
last seen in a pickup in 1983 at an intersection on South 216th
Street, near the Three Bears Hotel.
17 - In spring
1984, a mushroom hunter stumbled over her skull off South Star Lake
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.
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.
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,
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.
Barczak, 19 - Not knowing who killed her daughter
is "pure hell."
Mulwee, 23 - Anitra R. Mulwee did not come home to
Tacoma from a New Year's Eve party in Seattle, December 31, 2000.
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.
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.
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.
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
Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006