Gary Leon Ridgway was born February 18, 1949. Ridgway was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.He was raised in the McMicken Heights neighborhood of SeaTac, Washington. Ridgway's homelife was somewhat troubled; relatives have described his mother as domineering and have said that young Ridgway witnessed more than one violent argument between his parents. As a young child, Ridgway was tested with an I.Q. of 82,signifying low intelligence.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ridgway is believed to have murdered at least 48 women near Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Most of the murders occurred between 1982 to 1984. Most victims were either prostitutes or runaways picked up along Pacific Highway South (State Route 99) whom he strangled. Most of their bodies were dumped in wooded areas around the Green River in Washington, except for two confirmed and another two suspected victims found in the Portland, Oregon, area. The bodies were often left in clusters, sometimes posed, usually nude. Because most of the bodies were not discovered until only the skeletons remained, four victims are still unidentified. Ridgway occasionally contaminated the dump sites with gum, cigarettes, and written materials belonging to others, and he even transported several victims' remains across state lines into Oregon to confuse the police. Ridgway began each murder by picking up a woman, usually a prostitute. He sometimes showed the woman a picture of his son, to help her trust him. After having sex with her, Ridgway strangled her from behind. He initially strangled them manually. However, many victims inflicted wounds and bruises on his arm while trying to defend themselves. Concerned these wounds and bruises would draw attention, Ridgeway began using ligatures to strangle his victims. Most victims were killed in his home, his truck, or a secluded area.
Here is a list of Definitive Green River Killer victims. The numbers are the victims' ages.
Wendy Lee Coffield, 16. Gisele Ann Lovvorn, 17. Debra Lynn Bonner, 23.
Marcia Fay Chapman, 31. Cynthia Jean Hinds, 17. Opal Charmaine Mills, 16.
Terry Rene Milligan, 16. Mary Bridget Meehan, 18. Debra Lorraine Estes, 15.
Linda Jane Rule, 16. Denise Darcel Bush, 23. Shawnda Leea Summers, 16.
Shirley Marie Sherrill, 18. Colleen Renee Brockman, 15. Alma Ann Smith, 18.
Delores LaVerne Williams, 17. Gail Lynn Mathews, 23. Andrea M. Childers, 19.
Sandra Kay Gabbert, 17. Kimi-Kai Pitsor, 16. Marie M. Malvar, 18.
Carol Ann Christensen, 21. Martina Theresa Authorlee, 18. Cheryl Lee Wims, 18.
Yvonne "Shelly" Antosh, 19. Carrie Ann Rois, 15. Constance Eliz. Naon, 19.
Kelly Marie Ware, 22. Tina Marie Thompson, 21. April Dawn Buttram, 16.
Debbie May Abernathy, 26. Tracy Ann Winston, 19. Maureen Sue Feeney, 19.
Mary Sue Bello, 25. Pammy Annette Avent, 15. Delise Louise Plager, 22.
Kimberly L. Nelson, 21. Lisa Yates, 19. Mary Exzetta West, 16.
Cindy Anne Smith, 17. Patricia Michelle Barczak, 19. Roberta Hayes, 21.
Marta Reeves, 36. Patricia Yellowrobe, 38.
The other Four Victims are still Unidentified.
Here's my profile of Gary Ridgway. Ridgway was preying upon the most vulnerable of victims: prostitutes. Society at large typically looks down on prostitution as a profession, seeing it as immoral. As a result of these negative attitudes toward prostitution and those who engage in it, prostitutes are often seen as deserving of what they get; they are an invisible group, often abused and mistreated without ever receiving any form of help. Ridgway clearly used encounters with prostitutes to release his aggression against women. He enjoyed the control he had during the encounter and the murder; he was reinforcing his own male privilege that he could never express with his overbearing mother whom he was unable to please; the punishment of his victims compensated for his bruised manhood. He was a local spotted regularly on the strip by those working there, he was quiet, and he seemed like an honest family man using the pictures of his son while negotiating with the women.Ridgway was impulsive in his killings, and he killed prostitutes indiscriminately. Ridgway was undeniably hateful of prostitutes and most women. Ridgway's mother had a lot to do with his beliefs toward women and sex. It is possible that he believed the world to be full of abusive individuals, like his mother, so he found it necessary to assert his dominance.
Ridgway's crimes are unpardonable and undecipherable. Ridgway has also been considered a suspect in the disappearances/murders of at least 12 other women. Later in a statement Ridgway said that murdering young women was his "career". Ridgway is incarcerated at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.
Edited by JonathanVonErich, 01 October 2010 - 03:36 AM.