Gary Ridgeway Essay

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Male Serial Killers: Gary Ridgeway In the summer of 1982, one of the nation’s worst and deadliest serial killers would start a killing spree that would last for almost 2 decades. This killer was known as the “Green River Killer,” but his real name was Gary Leon Ridgway. Ridgeway would murder numerous women in and around the Seattle, Washington area during the 1980s and the 1990s. When he was captured in 2001, Ridgway had admitted to killing 48 plus women. (Rule, 2004) Though, it is still believed that there are other victims that have not been identified. In the following, I will describe who Ridgway is, how he committed his crimes, what makes him unique, and how he was finally caught. I will also describe the mistakes the …show more content…
(Rule, 2004) The second victim was identified as Debra Lynn Bonner. Within the next several weeks, more victims were found which showed to be the beginning of a horrific serial killers pattern. The next victims found included Marcia Faye Chapman, Cynthia Hinds, and Opal Charmaine Mills. (Rule, 2004) All three victims were held down in the river with large boulders and were killed by strangulation. (Rule, 2004) They also were raped and had rocks inserted into their vaginas. (Rule, 2004) The first four victims lived on the streets and were known prostitutes, but Mills was a sixteen-year-old who lived at home with her parents. (Rule, 2004) Throughout the next several years, many other victims were found. These victims included: (Rule, 2004)
• Giselle Lovvorn
• Debra Lorraine Estes
• Linda Rule
• Linda Jane
• Denise Darcel Bush
• Shawnda Leea Summers
• Shirley Marie Sherrill
• Becky Marrero
• Colleen Renee Brockman
There was never an “official” list made of all the missing women in the area. The investigators never knew how many victims there were or how many they had to look for. Over the next several years, the number of missing persons grew and more remains of victims were found. In August of 1982, a Green River Task Force was formed. It was made up of twenty-five investigators from King County, the Seattle Police Department, the Tacoma Police Department, and the Kent Police Department. (Rule, 2004) They investigated into the

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