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November 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Serial killer Gary Leon Ridgway, who pleaded guilty to 48 counts of murder, has finished leading investigators to sites where he left his victims and will be formally sentenced Dec. 18 to life in prison without parole, authorities said. Ridgway's plea Nov. 5 in a two-decade killing spree that targeted runaways and prostitutes put more murders on his record than that of any serial killer in U.S. history.
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December 19, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
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.
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NEWS
December 5, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
NATIONAL
November 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Serial killer Gary Leon Ridgway, who pleaded guilty to 48 counts of murder, has finished leading investigators to sites where he left his victims and will be formally sentenced Dec. 18 to life in prison without parole, authorities said. Ridgway's plea Nov. 5 in a two-decade killing spree that targeted runaways and prostitutes put more murders on his record than that of any serial killer in U.S. history.
NATIONAL
September 15, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
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.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
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.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
September 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NEWS
December 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 70 investigators combed through four residences previously occupied by Gary Leon Ridgway, held in connection with a series of murders known as the Green River slayings. A King County sheriff's spokesman said that once the homes have been searched, a new task force would likely be convened to probe the slayings of 49 women from 1982-84, long the nation's worst unsolved serial killing case. Ridgway is being held without bail for investigation in the deaths of four of the women.
NATIONAL
September 15, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 5, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
OPINION
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
NEWS
April 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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