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Gary Leon Ridgway The Green River Killer. The Green River Killer  Born Gary Leon Ridgway on 2.18.49  Born in Salt Lake City, Utah  Homelife was troubled;

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1 Gary Leon Ridgway The Green River Killer

2 The Green River Killer  Born Gary Leon Ridgway on  Born in Salt Lake City, Utah  Homelife was troubled; mom was domineering  Gary wet the bed often & mom would immediately bathe him & belittle him; he was angry towards her and sexually aroused by her

3 The Green River Killer  As a child, tested with an 82 I.Q.  Repeated a grade twice  Classmates in high school describe him as friendly but forgettable  At the age of 16, he lured a 6 yr old boy into the woods & stabbed him through the ribs…boy survived & GRK was quoted as saying, “I always wondered what it would be like to kill someone.”

4 Green River Killer  At age 18, he joined the Navy  After hs graduation, he married his hs girlfriend, Claudia Barrows  Went to Vietnam & saw combat  Began spending a lot of time with prostitutes; developed an std & blamed prostitutes but kept seeing them anyway  Claudia was also “dating” & they divorced after a yr of marriage

5 Green River Killer  Second marriage to Marcia Winslow also ended in divorce  He became a religious fanatic- reading Bible obsessively, going door- to-door proselytizing, & crying after sermons  He seemed to be torn between his desire for prostitutes & his love of God  Had a love-hate relationship with them; complained about their presence in his neighborhood but continued to be a client  1975, his wife Marcia gave birth to their son, Matthew

6 Green River Killer  On July 15, 1982, the body of Wendy Lee Coffield was found in the Green River in a rural area of the City of Kent in King County, Washington  4 more bodies of young women were soon discovered, and thus began one of the longest & largest serial murder investigations in United States history  Eventually, the deaths of 48 women would be linked to the GRK

7 Green River Killer  Throughout the 1980s & 1990s, Ridgway is believed to have murdered at least 71 women near Seattle & Tacoma, Washington  He claims he killed so many that he lost track  Victims were believed to be either prostitutes or runaways  He would pick them up, show them a picture of his son to relax them, have sex with her, and manually strangle her from behind

8 Green River Killer  He would dump most of the bodies in wooded areas around the Green River (except for a couple he moved to Oregon)  Bodies were left in clusters, sometimes posed, usually nude  He would sometimes return to have intercourse with the dead bodies  In the early 1980s, King County Sheriff’s Office formed the Green River Task Force to investigate the murders

9 Green River Killer  Actually asked for help from incarcerated Ted Bundy, but to no avail  Ridgway was arrested in 1982 & 2001 on charges of prostitution  He became a suspect in 1983  In 1984, he passed a polygraph test  In 1987, police took hair & saliva samples from him

10 Green River Killer  In 1985, he began dating Judith Mawson, who became his 3 rd wife in 1988  He claimed his urge to kill was reduced while he was in a relationship with Mawson & that he truly loved her  Judith said “I feel I have saved lives…by being his wife and making him happy.”  His DNA provided evidence for an arrest warrant  Arrested on Nov. 30, 2001 at work

11 Mrs. Gary Leon Ridgway (#3)

12 Judith Mawson Ridgway

13 I married a serial killer

14 Happy couple in 2001

15 Green River Killer  On November 5, entered a plea of guilty to 48 charges of aggravated 1 st degree murder as part of a plea bargain that would spare him execution in exchange for his cooperation in locating the remains of his victims & providing other details  On December 18, 2003, King County Superior Court Judge Richard Jones sentenced GRK to 48 life sentences with no possibility of parole & 1 life sentence to be served consecutively. He was also given an additional 10 yrs for tampering with evidence for each of the 48 victims, adding 480 more years to the 48 life sentences

16 Green River Killer  GRK confessed to more confirmed murders than any other American serial killer  He admitted he targeted prostitutes because they were easy to pick up & he hated most of them.  He tried to make his victims comfortable before he killed them. “I would talk to her…and get her mind off of the sex, anything she was nervous about. And think, you know, she thinks, ‘Oh this guy cares’…which I didn’t. I just want to, uh, get her in the vehicle and eventually kill her.”

17 Green River Killer’s Victims  #1 Wendy Lee Coffield, 16  Disappeared …found

18 GRK’s Victims  #2 Gisele Ann Lovvorn, 19,  Disappeared ….found

19 GRK’s Victims  #3 Debra Lynn Bonner, 25  Disappeared …found

20 GRK’s victims  #4 Marcia Fay Chapman, 31  Disappeared …found

21 GRK’s victims  #5 Opal Charmaine Mills, 16  Disappeared …found

22 GRK’s victims  #6 Terry Rene Milligan, 16  Disappeared …found

23 GRK’s victims  #7 Mary Bridget Meehan, 18  Disappeared …found

24 GRK’s victims  #8 Debra Lorraine Estes, 15  Disappeared …found

25 GRK’s victims #9 Linda Jane Rule, 16 Disappeared …found

26 GRK’s victims  #10 Denise Darcel Bush, 23  Disappeared …found 06.85

27 GRK’s victims  #11 Shawnda Leea Summers, 16  Disappeared …found

28 GRK’s victims  #12 Shirley Marie Sherrill  Disappeared …found 06.85

29 GRK’s victims  #13 Colleen Renee Brockman, 15  Disappeared …found

30 GRK’s victims  #14 Alma Ann Smith, 18  Disappeared …found

31 GRK’s victims  #15 Delores LaVerne Williams, 17  Disappeared …found

32 GRK’s victims  #16 Gail Lynn Mathews, 23  Disappeared …found

33 GRK’s victims  #17 Andrea M. Childers, 19  Disappeared …found

34 GRK’s victims  #18 Sandra Kay Gabbert, 17  Disappeared …found

35 GRK’s victims  #19 Kimi-Kai Pitsor, 16  Disappeared …found

36 GRK’s victims  #20 Marie M. Malvar, 18  Disappeared …found (my 33 rd bday)

37 GRK’s victims  #21 Carol Anne Christensen, 21  Disappeared …found

38 GRK’s victims  #22 Martine Theresa Authorlee, 18  Disappeared …found

39 GRK’s victims  #23 Cheryl Lee Wims, 18  Disappeared …found

40 GRK’s victims  #24 Yvonne Shelly Antosh, 19  Disappeared …found

41 GRK’s victims  #25 Carrie A. Rois, 15  Disappeared …found

42 GRK’s victims  #26 Constance Elizabeth Naon, 19  Disappeared …found

43 GRK’s victims  #27 Kelly Marie Ware, 22  Disappeared …found

44 GRK’s victims  #28 Tina Marie Thompson, 21  Disappeared …found

45 GRK’s victims  #29 April Dawn Buttram, 16  Disappeared …found

46 GRK’s victims  #30 Debbie May Abernathy, 26  Disappeared …found

47 GRK’s victims  #31 Tracy Ann Winston, 19  Disappeared …found

48 GRK’s victims  #32 Maureen Sue Feeney, 19  Disappeared …found

49 GRK’s victims  #33 Mary Sue Bello, 25  Disappeared …found

50 GRK’s victims  #34 Pammy Avent, 15  Disappeared …found

51 GRK’s victims  #35 Delise Louise Plager, 22  Disappeared …found

52 GRK’s victims  #36 Kimberly L. Nelson, 21  Disappeared …found

53 GRK’s victims  #37 Lisa Yates, 19  Disappeared …found

54 GRK’s victims  #38 Mary Exzetta West, 16  Disappeared …found

55 GRK’s victims  #39 Cindy Anne Smith, 17  Disappeared …found

56 GRK’s victims  #40 Patricia Michelle Barczak, 19  Disappeared …found 02.93

57 GRK’s victims  #41 Roberta Joseph Hayes, 21  Disappeared …found

58 GRK’s victims  #42 Marta Reeves, 36  Disappeared between …found

59 GRK’s victims  #43 Patricia Yellowrobe, 38  Disappeared 01.98…found

60 GRK’s victims  #44 Unidentified white female,  Died prior to 05.83…found

61 GRK’S victims  #45 unidentified white female,  Disappeared- unknown…found

62 GRK’s victims  #46 unidentified black female,  Disappeared between 82-84…found

63 GRK’s victims  #47 unidentified white female,  Disappeared between …found

64 Green River Killer  Gary Leon Ridgway is incarcerated at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.  “Most of the time I killed them the first time I met them and I do not have a good memory of their faces. I killed so many women I have a hard time keeping them straight.”  “I picked prostitutes as my victims because I hate most prostitutes & I did not want to pay them for sex…I pick prostitutes b/c I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.  “Choking is what I did and I was pretty good at it.”

65 Green River Killer  At his sentencing in Dec. 2003, some of the victims’ families say they hope he’ll be killed in prison. He breaks down as he listens to them & then reads out a note he’s prepared in which he references his other victims whose bodies have not been found: “I am very sorry for the ladys (sic) that were not found. May they rest in peace. They need a better place that what I gave them.”  Ridgway has been in solitary confinement since 2003.


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