Garday Guay, 19 - The
Only Living Victim -"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."
a horrible monster, a demon trying to attack me. He
had it all planned, I know he had it all planned. This is what he
liked to do."
still a teen-ager. In 1982, on a cold November night, Ridgway driving
a 1980 burgundy pickup truck, picked her up on Pacific Highway South,
showed her his ID, and agreed to a $20 "date."
about the problems he was having with his wife, and he told her
about his job at the Kenworth.
to a dark spot in the woods close to a mobile home park. Ridgway
"refused to do anything in the car. He wanted to do everything
my face in the ground. He probably got some of my hair." He
tried to strangle her.
to talk to him. "Why do you want to kill me? Why do you want to
take me from my family?" I had to use all the strength I could.
He's very strong.
He had me
on the ground he was on top of me. We were rolling around on the
ground. I picked up my purse and I ran as fast as I could and I
had to go get help."
to flip him over ran to a nearby mobile home for help. The
residents of the mobile home calmed her down and gave her a ride
was very scared and I don't know how I got the strength. I think
it was the spirit of my father. Maybe it was just fear. I
think it was pure luck," she says, "pure miracle."
"I was very fortunate."
2 years passed before
she told anyone. She
waited until 1984 to go to the police because she didn't think anyone
would believe her. "I got some guts. I picked him out of a
lineup. (The police) needed my information." Ridgway
twice admitted to police he choked her but claimed she had bitten
him first. He was not arrested. Ralf McAllister, the detective she
originally worked with, died.
"This stuff has
affected me so bad that it was hard for me to sleep at night. I
had a fear of men for a long time. I was scared to death that someone
was going to look for me and try to kill me."
She is willing to testify
against Ridgway. Quays name is mentioned in search warrants connected
to Ridgway's arrest.
She doesn't walk the
strip anymore, she is caring for her infant son.
is ashamed of the life she lead in 1982. Until the Ridgway arrest,
not even her mother knew she had worked as a prostitute.
Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006