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Gary Ridgway:

The Green River Killer

Sadie Harrop

ADJ 100

Instructor Mr. Hanagan

May 21, 2006

Gary Ridgway:
The Green River Killer
The Green River Killer's slaying spree began in 1982. Women in the Seattle area started to disappear; mainly runaways and prostitutes were targeted. The first victims turned up near the banks of the Green River south of Seattle, giving Gary Ridgway his title: The Green River Killer. The remains of dozen of women turned up near Pacific Northwest ravines, rivers, airports and freeways in the 1980's. Investigators officially listed 49 of them as probable victims of the Green River Killer. Between 1971-1982, Gary Ridgway lured young women, mostly prostitutes and runaways into his truck, forced sex upon them and strangled them to death. He then dumped their bodies in what he called “clusters,” alongside railroad tracks, rivers, ravines, airports, and freeways. He later told authorities he did this, because he wanted to keep track of the women he killed. He liked to drive by the clusters around the county and think about the women he had placed there. Gary Ridgway's victims laid for years and in some cases, decades. In a statement to investigators, he admitted to returning to these sites not only to view the corpses, but in some cases to have sex with the expired bodies. Gary Ridgway fits the profile of the average serial killer. He is a white male from middle to lower class background and was in his thirties when his killing began. He also claimed to have been molested as a child by his mother. As child, he felt the urge to kill somewhere between the age 15 and 16. He recalled walking up to a child that was playing nearby and stabbing him in the ribs. He said, “He just wanted to see what it would feel like to kill somebody.” Serial killers often have trouble with their peers, are loners, slow learners or held back in school. Some display anti-social behaviors, while others keep characteristic like this...
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