Green river killer

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Song: Black River Killer By Blitzen Trapper & Green River Killer By Knight Music By Sara Cahill THE GREEN RIVER KILLER

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Gary Leon Ridgway, the Green River Killer, confessed to 48 murders, but stated it could be possible he killed as many as 90 women and girls. More than any other serial killer in U.S. History

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Gary Ridgway was born on February 18 th , 1949, into a troubled home life. He witnessed many violent arguments between his parents and he wet the bed frequently. After each incident, his mother would bathe him with her bathrobe wide open, even through his high school years. He became sexually attracted to her.

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Gary was mocked by his family and was self-conscious in school. When he was 16, he had stabbed a 6 year old boy and walked away saying: “ I always wondered what it would feel like to kill someone .” Even though this boy survived, many others were not as lucky.

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Gary Ridgway did not graduate high school until age 20. He soon married his girlfriend but was sent to Vietnam to serve in the Navy. The marriage was over quickly.

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Ridgway married again which also ended soon. During this marriage, his wife gave birth to his son, Matthew.

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Gary began killing young prostitutes and runaways in1982. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he is believed to have murdered more than 50 women, some being as young as 15 years old. Ridgway would pick up these victims along the Highway. He would gain their trust by showing them a picture of his son.

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"I would talk to her... and get her mind off of the sex, or anything she was nervous about. You know, she thinks, 'Oh, this guy cares'... which I didn't. I just wanted to, uh, get her in the vehicle and eventually kill her.”

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After gaining the trust of the women, he would then have sex with them in his home, truck, or a secluded area. Afterward, he would strangle them from behind and discard them. He once murdered a girl while his son was waiting in the car for him close by.

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“Choking is what I did and I was pretty good at it.”

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Most of the bodies were dumped in wooded areas around the Green River. Occasionally, he would return to the victims’ bodies and have intercourse with them a second time.

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Gary began to date Judith Mawson in 1985. He married her as his third wife in 1988 and she moved in with him. She lived in a house where multiple lives were taken by the man she loved . There was no carpet in the living room, which he pulled up one day to roll a body in.

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Gary would leave early some mornings saying it was for overtime pay, but it was confirmed that some of his murders happened during these times. Judith was never even slightly suspicious. He was always happy and he never raised a hand to her, or even his voice.

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“He made me feel like a newlywed every day.” – Judith Mawson He had killed four of his victims during the years he was with her.

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Gary became a suspect in 1987. he took a polygraph test and passed and even agreed to give hair and saliva samples. He was calm and not worried. Gary and Judith continued to live happily together.

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Gary was arrested many years later on November 30 th , 2001 at his job at the Kenworth Truck Factory. His DNA samples had been analyzed as technology improved, confirming he was linked to at least four murders. He was held in an ultra-secure wing of the King County Jail with no bail. Ridgway claimed he was innocent, until his trial in 2003.

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Judith watched his trial on television on November 5, 2003. Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty to all of his charges of first degree murder for 48 women. He even claimed there were more, saying he killed so many he lost count. There could have been as many as 90

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“I killed so many women, I have a hard time keeping them straight.”

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To avoid the death penalty, he agreed to help officials locate the remains of his victims who had not been discovered. He was sentenced to 48 life sentences with no possible parole. He was also sentenced to an additional 10 years for tampering with evidence for each of the 48 victims. This added 480 years to his 48 life sentences.

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With Gary’s help, four undiscovered bodies were found

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“…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…”

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"I love the man I knew. And I hate the man that took him away." -Judith Mawson Today, Ridgway claimed he had a much smaller urge to kill when he was married to Judith, causing him to commit fewer murders than he would have if he were not with her. "I feel I have saved lives ... by being his wife and making him happy."

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The man she believed was her prince charming was America’s worst serial killer. She now refuses to visit him in prison, won’t take his calls, and told him to stop writing her letters.

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Ridgway confessed to more murders than any other American serial killer. He says that murdering young women was his "career" "They were just pieces of trash to me. They were garbage."

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He claimed he began burying the later victims so he could resist the urge to go back and have sex with the bodies. He told police: “I thought I was doing you guys a favor, killing the prostitutes. Here you guys can’t control them…but I can.”

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In 1986, the remains of Tracy Winston were found without a skull. Her skull was found 19 years later, miles away from where her body was found. Police are convinced it was carried to the location.

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Gary will not speak of this, but it is assumed he had decapitated her after he killed her. His most violent act

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On February 18, 2011, he plead guilty of murdering Rebecca Marrero, adding a 49th life sentence to his existing 48. Rest in peace Rest in peace

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“I cried, but I still killed them and didn't care anything about them."

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“ I wanted to kill as many women that I thought were prostitutes that I possibly could.” “I thought I could kill as many as I wanted without getting caught”

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Only 45 victims’ identities are now known. Before Gary Ridgway’s confessions, authorities had not even linked the Green River Killer with about ten victims he confessed to. Gary Ridgway is currently imprisoned at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.

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To this day, detectives are still working to answer many questions. There are still many unidentified victims and the actual number Gary Ridgway murdered will remain unknown.

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Rest In Peace

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Rest In Peace

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