The Green River Killer Essay

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The person I chose to research was Gary Ridgway. He is also known as The Green River Killer. Gary was a serial killer in Washington. He has been convicted of murdering 49 women, he has confessed to around 60 killings, but is estimated to have killed closer to 80 women. All the women that he had killed were prostitutes that he had picked up, had sex with them, and then strangled them. He says that he never raped or tortured any of his victims, he just killed them. Gary started killing prostitutes in 1892 and is confirmed to have killed till 1998, but is thought that his last kill was around 2001. He was called the Green River Killer because his first victims’ bodies were found around the ...view middle of the document...

But he did not land on the task force’s radar until 1983 when Maria Mavlar’s body was found. There was a witness stating he saw Maria get into Gary’s truck on the night of her disappearance. When questioned, Gary admitted to soliciting prostitutes, but not Maria. Other than the witness statement there was no other evidence that could link Gary to the murder. Gary stayed a possible suspect of the Green River Killer through the 1980’s. One reason was he had frequent run-ins with prostitutes accusing him of assault. He had perfect stories for them that led to him not being charged. He also took two polygraph tests about the murders and passed both of them, and with little to no evidence they could not convict him. During his interviews he would also be very cooperative. He would admit being with prostitutes, but would deny killing them. In 1984, Gary even wrote a anonymous letter to a local newspaper titled “What you need to know about the Green River man” which it included details about the murders. The letter was looked at by FBI experts, but they determined that it was not written by The Green River Killer. Gary admitted to writing it after his arrest. In 1987 the task force searched Gary’s residence, his work locker, and several vehicles. None of the items they collected at this time connected him to any of the murders, but one thing they collected ended up being important; his saliva. Even though at this time there was not enough technology to make any DNA profiles, it were kept on file and in 2001 they were submitted and a match was made. Gary’s DNA matched swabs from Marcia Chapman and Carol Christensen, and matched pubic hairs found on Opal Mills. Gary was very good at covering his tracks after killing. His preferred way of killing was manual strangulation, but after that had left him scratches that he had covered up with battery acid, he switched to using other ways to strangle them. He also said that he would clip their...

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