Ann Rule; Green River Running Red
Michael Newton; The Encyclopedia of SERIAL KILLERS
Monday, May 2, 2011
This is my book report from the book "Green River Running Red"
Gary Ridgeway is well known as "The Green River Killer". He is the most know serial killer. He killed for over 20 years. He killed women of all ages. Some as young as 15. He killed mainly prostitutes as he thought they were a disease. He thought they were dirty and he didn't want them to spread their "Disease". He pleaded guilty in 2004, but his first killing was in 1981. There was many times where he was questioned, but was never a suspect. One of the victims boyfriend seen her get picked up by Gary and reported it, but the police never followed thorough. If the police followed through, He may have been stoped before he could kill anymore.
Here is a Timeline of some of the more important events.
- July 15, 1982 - Body of Wendy Lee Coffield, 16, Puyallup, found floating in the Green River south of Seattle
- Aug. 13-15, 1982 - Bodies of Cynthia Hinds, 17, Opal Mills, 16, and Marcia Chapman, 31, found in or near Green River.
- Aug. 20, 1982 - Police announce arrest of a "potential suspect" in slayings but he is later released.
- April 27, 1983 - Green River killer becomes target of largest murder investigation in the country. Sheriff Vern Thomas estimates cost for 1983 at $2 million.
- April 30, 1983 - Marie M. Malvar, 18, disappears. Boyfriend follows pickup suspected in the disappearance; pickup is identified as Ridgway's. Des Moines police respond and Ridgway denies any contact with Malvar.
- May 8, 1983 - Body of Christensen found in wooded area in Maple Valley southeast of Seattle.
- Nov. 20, 1983 - Police say the same man killed 11 young women found murdered in south King County since summer 1982.
- Dec. 9, 1984 - Death toll rises to 42 - 28 identified bodies and 14 other women missing.
- April 8, 1987 - Police search home and vehicles of Kent-area man. Two witnesses say man was seen with at least two of the victims, now thought to number 46. Police take "bodily samples" from the man but there is insufficient evidence to arrest him. The man was Gary Ridgway.
- Nov. 30, 2001 - Gary Leon Ridgway, a married man from Auburn who painted trucks for Kenworth Truck Co. in Renton, arrested in connection with four slayings. Ridgway's DNA is linked to three victims. Ridgway is jailed without bail.
- Nov. 5, 2003 - Ridgway pleads guilty to 48 counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Another body has recently been found near the Green River. The body has not yet been identified, but the detectives are questioning Gary Ridgeway who is already in prison for killing over 48 women. Gary Ridgeway was named the Green River Killer because he killed girls as young as 15 years old and dumped their bodies in or around the Green River. He killed over 20 years with out being caught.