Green River Killer

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The Green River Killer: Gary Leon Ridgway
Columbia Southern University
Criminal Investigation / BCJ 3701
March 28, 2013

Serial Killer
The Green River Killer is one of the titles given to Gary Leon Ridgway for the crimes he committed. Gary was born on February 18, 1949 and was apprehended on November 30, 2001. Gary Ridgeway was a serial sexual killer that learned how to meet his various needs with sexual aggression and violence. Those reenacted fantasies came from his needs and core issues stem, “translating life experiences into his own frame of reference”. Gary Ridgway is an example of a “mission killer, motivated by revenge and retaliation against women, easily marked and victimized” (Carlton Smith, Tomas Guillen, 2004, p.1). The offender was in touch with reality and acts on a conscious, self-imposed duty to rid the world of the particular group that those women appeared to be from. Between 1982 and 1984, forty-nine women in the Seattle area were murdered although the first victims’ body left by the Green River Killer was first discovered in 1982, this murderous conniption is presently known to have lasted longer than originally speculated. This case represented years of thwarting and disgruntlement, accumulating years of hypothesis and contemplation surrounding the identity of the offender. In spite of a full scale man hunt, comprehensive inquisitions and investigation, the sadistic killer escaped authorities through technicalities for the next two decades. Gary dumped bodies, planted false clues and kept relocating his victims' remains so effectively, that the team of detectives in King County, Washington would be thrown off the scent. His modus operandi was that he chose to murder women only. Gary chose women as his preference for murder. The women appeared to be easier for him to overpower,…...

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