December 5, 2001 |
Following an arrest in the nation's worst unsolved serial killings case, the King County sheriff is proposing a regional task force to investigate the deaths of more than 90 women. Sheriff Dave Reichert has approached sheriffs in neighboring Pierce and Snohomish counties about jointly investigating more than 40 area deaths since the last of the 49 official victims in the Green River killings case went missing in March 1984, sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart said Tuesday.
September 15, 2003 |
Investigators in the Green River serial murder case have unearthed human remains this summer at three new sites, and are searching numerous other areas during a surge of renewed activity in the 20-year-old investigation. The searches began in July, shortly after Green River murder suspect Gary Leon Ridgway was moved from the King County Jail to an undisclosed location.
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.