Gary Ridgeway

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Submitted By marquezalfonso
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Gary Leon Ridgeway Michel Marquez
Keiser University
08/13/2013

Gary Leon Ridgeway Gary was a ruthless serial killer that targeted prostitutes in King County, Washington. In 1982 women stared disappearing around King County because of Gary Ridgeway but at the time the police had no idea who he was. The first young lady that Gary Ridgeway kidnapped and killed was 16 year old Wendy Lee Coffield. The police found her in a river called The Green River, since the police obviously did not know the name of the killer they began calling him The Green River Killer after finding the next four bodies in the same river. Gary Ridgeway would kidnap these females mostly prostitutes strangle them and then would drop them off in a variation of places but mostly in The Green River thus dubbed The Green River Killer. The King County police department had no way of knowing that Coffield (Gary’s first victim) represented the beginning of a savage killing spree that would last for years, with the majority of the murders occurring from 1982 through 1984. Gary was not very smart in school and witnessed his parents fighting occasionally. His childhood life was full of reasons that would point to why he ended up doing the things he did. Gary was born on February 18, 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gary he was the middle son of Mary Rita Steinman and Thomas Newton Ridgway. During his childhood he was a very poor student but did not appear to be out of the normal or have any problems until one day he stabbed a boy in his ribs and punctured his liver at the age of 16. That was an incident in which the boy survived and Gary would not face prison time leaving him free to later on commit these murders. Gary was a young boy who form a sexual attraction and at the same time anger towards women. He did this because of the way his mom would treat him and…...

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