Gary Leon Ridgway was born February 18, 1949, known as the "Green River Killer", is an American serial killer. Ridgway murdered numerous
women in Washington during the 1980s and 1990s. He strangled them, mostly with his arm, but he would also use ligatures. After strangling the
women, he would dump their bodies throughout King County.
Early life
two brothers – George Leon and Thomas Edward. He was raised in McMicken Heights neighborhood of
SeaTac, Washington. Well into his teenage years, Gary Ridgway was still a bed-wetter.

As a child, Ridgway was tested with an I.Q. of 82, signifying low intelligence, and his academic
performance in school was so poor that at one point in high school he had to repeat a single school
year twice in order to attain grades decent enough to pass. His classmates at Tyee High School
describe him as congenial but largely forgettable. His teanage years were difficult and troubling for him.
When he was 16, he stabbed a six year old boy, who survived the attack. According to the victim and
Ridgway himself, Ridgway walked away laughing and saying, "I always wondered what it would be like
to kill someone." While in high school, Ridgway joined the Navy, after graduation he was sent to
Vietnam, where he witnessed combat, while serving on a Navy patrol boat.
The murders
Most of the murders took place during a two-and-a-half-year period in the early 1980s. Most of were dumped in and around the Green River in
Washington, except for two victims found in the Portland, Oregon area. The skeletons remained, four victims are still unidentified. Ridgway would
occasionally contaminate the dump sites with gum, cigarettes, and written materials that belonged to others to confuse the police.

Ridgway would begin each murder by picking up a woman, usually a prostitute. He would show the woman a picture of his son, to help them trust
him. After having sex with her, Ridgway would strangle her from behind, usually with his arm. Most of the victims were killed in his truck, the
others were killed in his home or in a secluded area.

In the early 1980s, the King County Sheriff's Office formed the Green River Task Force to investigate the murders. The most notable members of
the task force were Robert Keppel and Dave Reichert, who periodically interviewed incarcerated serial killer Ted Bundy from 1984; their interviews
with Bundy were of little help in the Green River investigations, but elicited confessions from Bundy on unsolved cases. Also contributing was John
E. Douglas, who nearly died as he worked the case; during the
County Jail to an undisclosed location. Other news reports stated that his lawyers, led by Anthony Savage, were closing a plea bargain that
would spare him the death penalty in return for his confession to a number of the Green River murders.

On November 5, 2003, As part of a plea bargain, Ridgway entered a guilty plea to 48 charges of aggravated first degree murder and agreed,
exchange for his cooperation in locating the remains of his victims and providing other details,  that they would been killed inside King County,
Washington, and that he had transported and dumped the remains of the two women near Portland to confuse the police.

Deputy prosecutor Jeffrey Baird noted in court that the deal contained "the names of 41 victims who would not be the subject of State v.
Ridgway if it were not for the plea agreement." King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng explained his decision to make the deal:
"We could have gone forward with seven counts, but that is all we could have ever hoped to
solve. At the end of that trial, whatever the outcome, there would have been lingering doubts
about the rest of these crimes. This agreement was the avenue to the truth. And in the end, the
search for the truth is still why we have a criminal justice system ... Gary Ridgway does not
deserve our mercy. He does not deserve to live. The mercy provided by today's resolution is
directed not at Ridgway, but toward the families who have suffered so much ...
On December 18, 2003, King County Superior Court Judge Richard Jones sentenced Ridgway to 48 life
sentences with no possibility of parole and one life sentence, to be served consecutively. He was also
sentenced to an additional 10 years for tampering with evidence for each of the 48 victims, adding 480 years
to his 48 life sentences.

Ridgway led prosecutors to three bodies in 2003. On August 16 of that year, remains of a 16-year-old female
found near Enumclaw, Washington, 40 feet from State Route 410, were pronounced as belonging to Pammy
Annette Avent, who had been believed to be a victim of the Green River Killer. The remains of Marie Malvar
and April Buttram were found in September. On November 23, 2005, The skull of Tracy Winston, who was 19
when she disappeared from Northgate Mall on September 12, 1983, was found by a man hiking in a wooded
area near Highway 18 near Issaquah, southeast of Seattle.
Ridgway confessed to more confirmed murders than any other American serial killer. Over a period of five months of police and prosecutor
interviews, he confessed to 48 murders, 42 of which were on the police's list of probable Green River Killer victims, plus six more murders. On
February 9, 2004, county prosecutors began to release the videotape records of Ridgway's confessions. In one taped interview, he told
investigators initially that he was responsible for the deaths of 65 women, but in another taped interview with Reichert on December 31, 2003,
Ridgway claimed to have murdered 71 victims and confessed to have had sex with them prior to killing them, a detail which he did not reveal
until after his sentencing. He also confessed that he had sex with his victims' bodies after he murdered them, but claimed he began burying the
later victims so that he would resist the urge to revisit them.

Ridgway talked to and tried to make his victims comfortable before he committed the murders. In his own words, "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".

Later in a statement Ridgway said that murdering young women was his "career".

Ridgway is incarcerated at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.
Name  ↓                                  Age  ↓       Disappeared  ↓      Found  ↓
1           Amina Agisheff                    35         July 7, 1982         April 20, 1984
2          Wendy Lee Coffield              16         July 8, 1982         July 15, 1982
3           Gisele Ann Lovvorn             17         July 17, 1982         September 25, 1982
4           Debra Lynn Bonner             23         July 25, 1982         August 12, 1982
5           Marcia Fay Chapman           31         August 1, 1982         August 15, 1982
6           Opal Charmaine Mills           16         August 12, 1982         August 15, 1982
7           Terry Rene Milligan              16         August 29, 1982         April 1, 1984
8           Mary Bridget Meehan          18         September 15, 1982         November 13, 1983
9           Debra Lorraine Estes          15         September 20, 1982         May 30, 1988
10         Linda Jane Rule                   16         September 26, 1982         January 31, 1983
11         Denise Darcel Bush             23         October 8, 1982         June 1985
12         Shawnda Leea Summers     16         October 9, 1982         August 11, 1983
13         Shirley Marie Sherrill            18         between October 22, 1982         June 1985
14         Colleen Renee Brockman     15         December 24, 1982         May 26, 1984
15         Alma Ann Smith                    18         March 3, 1983         April 2, 1984
16         Delores LaVerne Williams    17         March 14, 1983         March 31, 1984
17         Andrea M. Childers               19         April 14, 1983         October 11, 1989
18         Kimi-Kai Pitsor                      16         April 16, 1983         December 14, 1983
19         Sandra Kay Gabbert             17         April 17, 1983         April 1, 1984
20         Gail Lynn Mathews               23         April 22, 1983         September 19, 1983
21         Marie M. Malvar                    18         April 30, 1983         September 29, 2003
22         Carol Ann Christensen         21         May 4, 1983         May 8, 1983
23         Martina Theresa Authorlee  18         May 22, 1983         November 14, 1984
24         Cheryl Lee Wims                  18         May 23, 1983         March 22, 1984
25         Yvonne Shelly Antosh          19         May 31, 1983         October 15, 1983
26         Carrie A. Rois                       15         June 2, 1983         March 10, 1985
27         Constance Elizabeth Naon   19         June 8, 1983         October 27, 1983
28         Kelly Marie Ware                   22         July 18, 1983         October 29, 1983
29         Tina Marie Thompson            21         July 25, 1983         April 20, 1984
30         April Dawn Buttram               16         August 23, 1983         August 31, 2003
31         Debbie May Abernathy          26        September 5, 1983         March 31, 1984
32         Tracy Ann Winston                19        September 12, 1983         March 27, 1986
33         Maureen Sue Feeney            19        September 28, 1983         May 2, 1986
34         Mary Sue Bello                      25        October 11, 1983         October 12, 1984
35         Pammy Avent                         15        October 26, 1983         August 16, 2003
36         Delise Louise Plager              22        October 30, 1983         February 14, 1984
37         Kimberly L. Nelson                 21        November 1, 1983         June 14, 1986
38         Lisa Yates                             19         December 23, 1983         March 13, 1984
39         Mary Exzetta West                16         February 6, 1984         September 8, 1985
40         Cindy Anne Smith                  17         March 21, 1984         June 27, 1987
41         Patricia Michelle Barczak       19         October 17, 1986         February 1993
42         Roberta Joseph Hayes          21         Last seen leaving a Portland, Oregon jail on February 7,            
43         Rose Marie Kurran                16         August 1987         September 1987
44         Marta Reeves                       36         between March 5th and April 13, 1990         September 20, 1990
45         Patricia Yellowrobe               38         January 1998         August 6, 1998
46         Unidentified White Female    12-17         Died prior to May 1983         March 21, 1984
47         Unidentified White Female    17-19         Unknown         April 22, 1985
48         Unidentified Black Female    18-27         Between 1982 and 1984         December 30, 1985
49         Unidentified White Female    14-18         From December 1980 to January 1984         January 2, 1986
Friends and family, questioned about Ridgway following his arrest, described him as friendly but strange. His first two marriages resulted in
divorce due to infidelities by both partners. Both a prostitute and his second wife claimed that, in 1991, he had placed them in choke-holds.
Gary Ridgway
investigation, his stressed and overworked body was unable to fight off viral encephalitis. He has since written much on
the subject of the Green River Killer.

police took hair and saliva samples. These were later subjected to a DNA analysis, providing the evidence for his arrest
On November 30, 2001, Ridgway was at the Kenworth factory when police arrived to arrest him. Ridgway was arrested
on suspicion of murder for four deaths, nearly 20 years after first being identified as a potential suspect, DNA evidence
indictment were Marcia Chapman, Opal Mills, Cynthia Hinds and Carol Ann Christensen. Three more victims, Wendy
Coffield, Debra Bonner, and Debra Estes, were added to the indictment after forensics laboratories detected microscopic
paint particles similar to those used at Ridgway's job at Kenworth.
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