November 27, 2003 |
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.
December 3, 2001 |
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.
December 1, 2001 |
A swab of saliva recently tested after 14 years in storage gave police their first big break in one of the nation's worst unsolved serial murder cases, as they arrested a truck painter Friday in four of the killings. Gary Ridgway, 52, was arrested in connection with four of the notorious Green River murders, a string of 49 killings of young women in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1980s.
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.
December 2, 2001 |
They still haven't met face to face, but the parallel worlds of Dave Reichert and Gary Ridgway go back to 1984. Reichert was the first detective assigned to what would become known as the Green River killings: the murders of at least 49 women, mostly prostitutes or runaways, their bodies usually dumped in the river or in the woods. Ridgway was a truck painter living in a Seattle suburb who was an early suspect in the case, though investigators won't say why.
November 6, 2003 |
Gary Leon Ridgway, an unassuming 54-year-old truck painter who admitted that he was the Green River killer, pleaded guilty Wednesday to 48 murders over a span of two decades in what he said was a crusade to kill as many prostitutes as he could without getting caught. Ridgway appeared in a courtroom packed with quietly weeping relatives of victims. He confessed to more murders than any serial killer in U.S. history -- and prosecutors hinted that Ridgway's victim list could grow.