December 19, 2003 |
The Green River killer, Gary Leon Ridgway, wiped tears from his eyes Thursday as he apologized for killing 48 women and causing "so much pain to so many families." But his emotion did not deter the judge from sentencing the former truck painter to life in prison without the possibility of parole. "I'm sorry for killing all those ladies," said Ridgway, reading a hand-written statement.
April 4, 2003 |
Gary Ridgway pleaded not guilty in a Seattle court to three additional murder charges, nearly a year and a half after he was accused in four of the 49 Green River serial killings. The latest aggravated first-degree murder charges were filed last week after prosecutors alleged that microscopic paint dust found on the clothing of three women tied him to the slayings. If convicted, Ridgway, 54, would face either life in prison or the death penalty.
September 27, 2003 |
Investigators have identified bones found at a muddy site east of Seattle as those of a teenage girl who disappeared in 1983, a possible victim of the Green River serial killer. Experts matched DNA from the bones with samples obtained in 1998 from the family of April Dawn Buttram, the King County Sheriff's Office said. Detectives believe that at least 49 women may have been victims of the Green River killer. The first bodies were found in or near the river.
March 28, 2003
Prosecutors have filed three additional counts of aggravated first-degree murder against Gary Leon Ridgway, who is already charged in four of the Green River killings. Ridgway was arrested in 2001 when investigators said DNA and other data linked him to the deaths of four victims. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated first-degree murder. The first of the Green River killings was in 1982.
April 16, 2002 |
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Gary Leon Ridgway, charged in four of the Green River killings, King County prosecutor Norm Maleng said. Ridgway, 53, a truck painter from Auburn, is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of Marcia Chapman, Cynthia Hinds, Opal Mills and Carol Christensen. They are four of the 49 women, most of them prostitutes or runaways, listed as victims of the Green River killer in the last 20 years.
January 17, 2004
Re "New Case Against Executions," Jan. 12: Those in favor of the death penalty (I am not one) are faced with some hard choices. If, as shown in the Gary Leon Ridgway case, the murderer of 48 women has "something to sell" in a plea bargain and gets to live, what about the guy who might have killed in a fit of anger and has nothing to "sell"? The wrong message is being sent to would-be murderers: If you kill someone, take out a little insurance (against the death penalty) and kill another 47. Richard M. Ruby Woodland Hills