Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gary Leon Ridgway

Gary Leon Ridgway (born February 18, 1949) is an American serial killer known as the Green River Killer, initially convicted of 48 separate murders and later confessing to nearly twice that number. As part of his plea bargain, an additional conviction has been added, bringing the total of convictions to 49. He murdered numerous women and girls, most of whom were also alleged prostitutes, in Washington during the 1980s and 1990s, given this nickname when the first five victims were found in the Green River and his identity was not known.[1] He strangled them, usually with his arm but sometimes using ligatures. After strangling the women, he would dump their bodies throughout forested and overgrown areas in King County, often returning to the dead bodies to have sexual intercourse with them.[2]
On November 30, 2001, as he was leaving the Renton, Washington Kenworth Truck factory where he worked, he was arrested for the murders of four women whose cases were linked to him through DNA evidence.[2] As part of a plea bargain wherein he agreed to disclose the whereabouts of still-missing women, he was spared the death penalty and received a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.