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Ridgway confesses to dozens of slayings in Green River case

post #1 of 14
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Finally! After 20 years, the case is resolved:
post #2 of 14
This is so interesting. And to think, almost 20 years later DNA is what cracked the case.

I would be really interested in reading his prepared statements for the court. I'm sure there will be a book out within weeks of the sentencing...
post #3 of 14
I'm glad he was finally caught!!

I grew up in Washington so the
story was close to home for me.
post #4 of 14
That is a very ill man, mentally speaking! He makes my skin crawl!
post #5 of 14
Did you see all the family members in court? I felt so sorry for them, but at the same time, I am glad that they finally have some closure. It must have been so hard for them hearing his confession.
post #6 of 14
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Ann Rule is currently writing a book on the case, and others were published years ago, including one Ted Bundy "collaborated" on (Riverman, I think it was called). This Ridgway was a suspect back in the mid-eighties. One of his victims disappeared after getting into a vehicle her boyfriend/pimp could describe (primer on the door). He and the girl's father, a Filipino U.S.Army veteran, drove all over the area until they found the vehicle, and then contacted police. The police didn't have enough cause to search the man's house, and although he was considered a suspect, there was no evidence. Thank God for DNA.
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which had an epilogue of sorts added. Bundy got married during
one of his sentencing hearings, when a young woman was on the stand as a character witness for him. In the middle of the questioning, he asked her to be his wife, and she agreed; under Florida law it constituted a legal marriage for some reason.

What really surprised me though, was that she apparently managed to get into the prison and have relations with him (not sanctioned by the prison), became pregnant & had a daughter, who would now be in her late teens. I cannot imagine that Ann Rule would have included this in the postscript if it was not true, since by the time the new edition came out she had a well-established reputation, and also because she actually knew him.

A lot of bad people have family, and they have to deal with what their relative has done, but I'm not sure how you would handle finding out that your father was the most famous serial killer in US history, and that your mother married him after he had already been convicted of his crimes.

There are people who think Bundy killed many more girls than he admitted to killing, so who knows if this Green River guy really is the worst serial killer in US history, but at least he is out of circulation. From seeing some of his hearing, and reading abt the case, there at least appears to be something 'off' about him. Who knows: there may be a serial killer out there who has had more victims, but was just a little smarter & established than Bundy. Scary thought.
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Actually, Henry Lee Lucas confessed to over 400 murders, although it is very much disputed as to how many of those he really did. At the time, he was trying to get "field trips" out of prison to help other jurisdictions solve cold cases. Although it is possible since he was a railroad bum who traveled around the country.

Bundy is suspected of 50-100 murders, although he only confessed to somewhere in the 30s. He was only convicted of 3 in Florida. The actual number he committed is also very much in dispute because he kept trying to postpone his execution by offering to solve other cold cases. He was able to lead officials to bodies that he wasn't even suspected in when he was talking.

This guy holds the record for the number of convictions, but not necessarily the sheer volume, although obviously many of the others will never be proven. He will definitely go down in history though.

My husband brought up a really good point. Over the past few years there have been a series of prostitute murders in BC, Canada that are fairly similar in M.O. to the Green River Killer. Makes you wonder if he was responsible for them as well. They say that serial killers never stop killing, they just move on or get caught.
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I think Bundy was 'conflicted' between fighting his sentence & 'boasting' about his accomlishments or using them as a way of avoiding the electric chair.

Henry Lee Lucas must've never made it to my radar screen, so I had to look him up, and then vaguely remembered him. At the risk of sending this thread where others have gone before lol, as governor of Texas, it was GWB eho commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment in 1999 at the recommendation of the parole board. It sounds as if they were concerned abt the validity of evidence presented at the trial that resulted in the death penalty. He apparently died in 2001.
post #10 of 14
Not to just throw my support behind Bush but I can somewhat understand his decision with Lucas. He confessed to almost too many to be believable, and many of the "field trips" he was allowed turned up nothing by way of remains. He was in poor health anyway, if memory serves me right. The conviction and death sentence were made almost exclusively on his confessions, which as time went on came more and more under question. No doubt he belonged in prison, he did commit murder, but his mental stability and obvious propensity to eggageration did put doubt on the sentence handed down.
post #11 of 14
The article I read said the parole board had voted 17 to 1 to commute the sentence, and that even the state's then AG said that
he believed any rational person should have had a reasonable doubt based on the lack of evidence presented at the time. So, Bush basically went along with their recommendations. I don't think they generally vote to commute, even in cases where the defendant's lawyer napped during the trial, so they must've been pretty convinced there was a problem with the investigation/trial.
post #12 of 14
what a sick SOB im glad they caught him
post #13 of 14
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Don't you think it odd that so many serial killers seem to operate in the Pacific Northwest? Is it geography (so many highways and forests), mentality, coincidence, or what? Or is it just that so many "true crime" authors also seem to be from the area, and therefore the cases become more (in)famous)? As far as I can recall, a lot of "experts" concluded that Henry Lee Lucas probably only murdered his mother.
post #14 of 14
you can throw in California as well.Richard Ramirez, for one, the 'Nightstalker'.

I can only recall 2 serial killers in NYC: one was a 'Zodiac' killer
unrelated to the one in CA, who killed homeless men, and the other,
David Berkowitz (the Son of Sam) but neither one of them were organized serial killers. When they nabbed Berkowitz, if I remember correctly, his back seat had several guns/rifles in view, and he seemed more schizophrenic than sociopath.He pled guilty, so there was no trial to see how he behaved.

Maybe geography does play a role. Even though there are a lot of people here who live anonymous lives, the fact that so many people live here increases the odds that someone might see what was going on.
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