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Gary Ridgway, known as the "Green River Killer", is one of the most prolific serial killers in the history of the United States.

Over a two year period in the early 1980's nearly 50 people were killed in the the Seattle and Tacoma areas of Washington State. The case was given the name the 'Green River Killer' because the bodies of most of the victims were dumped in or around the Green River in Washington. The King County Sheriff Department formed the Green River Task Force in an attempt to solve the crimes. The task force even went so far as to interview Serial Killer Ted Bundy in order gain insight of what the killer might be planning next.

In 1982 and again in 2001, Gary Ridgway, who in his 'normal life' went door to door for his Pentecostal church, was arrested on charges relating to prostitution. This brought him to the attention of the police and in 1983 he became a possible suspect for the Green River killings. In 1987 police took hair and saliva samples from Gary Ridgway that would later serve as DNA evidence. Twenty years later he was arrested on November 30, 2001, after DNA evidence linked him to four deaths. The first four of Gary Ridgway's victims to be identified were Marcia Chapman, Opal Mills, Cynthia Hinds and Carol Ann Christensen.

Gary Ridgway claimed an addiction to prostitutes and most of his victims were either prostitutes and female teenage runaways. Gary Ridgway also used the bodies of his victims for the purpose of necrophilia. He would return to places he had dumped their bodies and have sexual intercourse with their corpses. It is suggested on one instance he left his son in vehicle while he went into the woods and undertook sexual activities with the dead body of one of his victims.

On November 5, 2003,Gary Ridgway made a plea bargain that saw him confessing to 48 counts of aggravated first degree murder in exchange for being spared the death penalty. 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.

Since the trial Gary Ridgway led authorities to the body of another victim, a 16 year-old female, taking the total number of murders Gary Ridgway has confessed to 49.
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Gary Ridgway #866218
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1313 N. 13th Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362-1065

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On 5 November 2003 Gary Leon Ridgway confessed to 48 murders in Seattle's King County, making him the most prolific convicted serial killer in United States history. Ridgway grew up in the Seattle area and worked as a truck painter at the time of the killings, most of which occurred in a 19-month period beginning in 1982. The victims had been strangled and their bodies dumped in ravines and near highways in the vicinity of the Green River in northwestern Washington. The so-called Green River Killer chose mostly prostitutes and runaways. Eventually law enforcement officials released a list of 49 names they believed to be victims of the same killer -- although some of those listed were missing and presumed dead.

In 1984 Ridgway was identified as a suspect (he had been seen with one of the victims shortly before she went missing), but the investigation didn't turn up any hard evidence against him. In 2001 he was arrested and charged with four counts of murder after being linked by DNA evidence from a saliva sample he had provided in 1987. In March of 2003 he was charged with 3 more murders in King County, Washington. His guilty plea in November 2003 was part of a deal that spared him the death penalty and gave him a lifelong prison term. Ridgway, who after his arrest led police to four more bodies, confessed to killing 42 of the 49 victims on the list, plus six others not on the list. The Green River Killer is also suspected of murders in Oregon and British Columbia, but Ridgway's 2003 trial did not address those crimes.

At the time of his 2003 confession, Ridgway admitted that he had never known any of his victims, that he hated prostitutes and that he killed so many women he couldn't remember exactly how many.
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very interesting
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Highway of tears is worse than this, it is believed there are several serial killers operating there as they have already identified 2. Most of the victims are aboriginal..
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Well, found some interesting articles focused more on Ted Bundy's investigation to catch Gary Ridgway; But not only;

(Plus one very gayish pic of GRK, just couldn't not add it);
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