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The Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway


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#1    JonathanVonErich

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:11 AM

Note: Like most of you know i'm French-Canadian, my first language is French, so sorry if I made some grammar errors in this long topic. Thanks for your Comprehension.

BACKGROUND

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.

THE MURDERS
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.

THE VICTIMS
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.


THE PROFILE
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.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:19 AM

Good research, but easily accessible. In your own words!

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:22 AM

Sorry i didn't spent 3 hours on that, some of us are in their 20s and go to the University, i have a lot of work to do. I still did the topic, if you don't like it go elsewhere.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:23 AM

Uh Oh, Green River Gary!  While i don't hold prostitute killers in very high esteem in the echelon of Serial Murderers, Ridgway was probably the greatest of his kind.  It is true that he held the same job for a very long time and seemingly had no problem obtaining women through church functions and the like.  To most of them he wasn't a violent person at all.  Goes to show the mask of sanity eh?  Another interesting thing is that he is believed to be a "savant" who is of low intelligence in most areas but extremely accomplished in one specific field.  I don't know if i buy into this but he was a very efficient killer.  He did simple things that confounded the police efforts to find him.  Many of the bodies were never found at all.  And those that were found had little evidence to lead back to Ridway.  Most of them anyway.  He truly studied murder and if he had been a little smarter, he might never have been caught.  At the height of these murders Robe,rt Keppel and Dave Reichert, two cops, went to the prison housing Ted Bundy to speak with him, hoping to find some insight in the Green River Killer or Bundy himself.  Bundy did offer some insight into Serial Murders that they hadn't known, but proved once again that profiles are all but useless.  For a detailed look into this check out The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I hunt for the Green River Killer by Bob Keppel.  It is one of the best tomes on Serial Murder in existence as Keppel really knows his stuff and discusses Bundy, Ridgway, and many other murderers that alot of people might not have heard about.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:24 AM

Ann Rule's book Green River Running Red is a good read for this case as she knew all of the investigators. He actually killed a girl that he took home while her boyfriend/pimp followed them. When the girl never came back he took the girl's father back with him to find the house which they did. They confronted Gary and he denied everything.
He murdered her in his home. He also murdered a girl near the Sea-Tac airport while he had his young son with him. When the police asked him what he would have done if the boy hadn't stayed in the truck he told them he would have killed him too. That is one sick puppy.

Another good thread JVE.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:27 AM

Thanks Kure for sharing. Thanks for the comment Susie.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:29 AM

View PostJonathanVonErich, on 01 October 2010 - 03:22 AM, said:

Sorry i didn't spent 3 hours on that, some of us are in their 20s and go to the University, i have a lot of work to do. I still did the topic, if you don't like it go elsewhere.

Don't get uptight! You did a wonderful job! No hard feelings! Get over it brother!

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:33 AM

Sorry, my wrong...thanks for your comment E, i appreciate it.
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Posted 01 October 2010 - 07:49 AM

Great addition to Serial Killer of the Week, JVH. Although, it would be nice if you had any links to some source information.

I find that overbearing mothers are a common factor in the formation of serial murderers. Ridgeway's mother was certainly controlling of him. However, the sexual attraction that he might have felt for his mother probably produced conflicting feelings of love and hate. She would even bathe him into his early teens, sometimes with an open bathrobe on, which served to only aggravate his contradictory emotions.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:39 PM

Thanks for your comment HHH. Sorry about the links. And sorry if the article is not very long, like i said in a previous post I have a lot of work to do for my University classes, more than i had expected so i didn't have all the time i wanted to do the article. Sorry, hope you all understand.

Here are links to Gary Ridgway's confession on video. To hear the audio set the 360p to 240p.

Gary Ridgway's confession 1
Gary Ridgway's confession 2

This is a link to an interview with Ridgway's wife.

Life with Gary Ridgway

And finally this is an interview with Ridgway's son.

Interview with Gary Ridgway's son

Edited by JonathanVonErich, 01 October 2010 - 03:59 PM.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:12 PM

EXCELLENT, JVE!

This is great stuff, good job.  Don't let anyone bring you down, man.

Each article will be better than the last, we're just beginning to do this; we'll get better.

Even in light of that, this was superb, I enjoyed it a lot.

Thank you JVE.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:18 PM

Thank you, Druid.
By the way i started reading the book about Bundy. I'll write you a PM to tell you what i think about the book. Thanks again.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:22 PM

View PostJonathanVonErich, on 01 October 2010 - 04:18 PM, said:

Thank you, Druid.
By the way i started reading the book about Bundy. I'll write you a PM to tell you what i think about the book. Thanks again.

Thanks, I'm looking forward to it.  It gets better after the initial context-setting pages.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 12:49 AM

Good thread JVE, and I don't think anyone blames you for being busy. :P I'd say it's still pretty well put together regardless. Good links too.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 01:20 AM

Thank you K. I appreciate your comment, coming from a girl who really know her stuff. Thanks.

Now on a less serious note i found a MySpace page named after Gary Ridgway. I don't know if this is simply a joke made by a guy who had a lot of free time or if this is the real deal, but it's creepy. Have fun !!

Gary Ridgway's MySpace page

And yes i know...Myspace is soooooo 2008.

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