The Widely Known Green River Killer Gary Ridgway Was Denied Execution In Washington State

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Widely known Green River Killer Gary Ridgway was denied execution in Washington state. He had confessed that he murdered 48 women and as far as the penalty is concerned, he may not be out of the woods.According to a detective in Oregon, Gary Ridgway is responsible for at least the deaths of two women in Washington state. He adds further that if it is proved that they were killed in Oregon, then he may possibly face the death penalty.He asked the older man if he had caught anything. The man replied that he had not.

According to Smith and Guillen's book, The Search for the Green River Killer, the man standing then asked Ainsworth if he found anything, to which Ainsworth replied, "Just this old singletree." Soon after, the two men left in the old pick-up truck and Ainsworth continued to float down the river. Moments later he found himself surrounded by death.As he peered into the clear waters his gaze was met by staring eyes. A young black woman's face was floating just beneath the surface of the water, her body swaying beneath her with the current. Believing it might be a mannequin, Ainsworth attempted to snag the figure with a pole. Accidentally, the raft overturned as he tried to dislodge the figure from a rock and Ainsworth fell into the river.

To his horror, he realized that the figure was not a mannequin, but a dead woman. Seconds later he saw another floating corpse of a half nude black woman, partially submerged in the water.These brutal, sexually oriented killings came to light when bodies were discovered submerged in Seattle’s Green River. Dead young women of mixed nationalities, young in age and generally attractive were asphyxiated and left with spiky objects lodged in their vaginal cavity. The discoveries of so many bodies disturbed the local population and unnerved people going about their daily lives. The locals began to scan roadsides for bodies and watched for police protection on roads and byways.

The Green River killer honed his methodology carefully. He didn’t hunt in the big city, but in the rural areas where his victims were procured locally. His victims were none-too-bright women who got into cars with an unknown assailant. The modus operandi of the Green River Killer was to capture and subdue a random woman. No elaborate masks or disguises were required. The rural trust local enjoyed with each other defended him from being caught. Dumping the bodies of those he murdered into the river masked concise details about time of death and circumstances of the killings.

On April 7, 1987 police took hair and saliva samples that were used for a DNA test that was later used in order to arrest him. On November 30, 2001, nearly 20 years later, Ridgway was arrested for the murders of four women that his DNA connected him too.On November 5, 2003 Ridgway pled guilty to 48 counts of aggravated first degree murder. His plea spared him from being executed for the murders as long as he led officials to the bodies of the murdered women and gave them additional details that they asked for. There is much controversy over whether or not this was the right approach. Many feel that he should have been executed.On December 18, 2003 he was convicted to 48 life sentences without possibility of parole and one life sentence to be served consecutively.

Court documents released at the time of Ridgway's arrest indicated that many of the spots where bodies were found were in or near areas where Ridgway had sex with his second wife. The couple divorced in 1981.Also disclosed today was that more than a decade before he strangled his first Green River victim, Ridgway, then 17, stabbed and seriously wounded a little boy, who survived.A first-grader at the time -- 1966 or early 1967 the victim now lives in California, a source said. Details of the attack were confirmed by another person involved in the case.The stabbing came 16 years before Ridgway's murderous frenzy from 1982 to 1984, which targeted women in the Seattle area, mainly runaways and prostitutes. The first victims turned up in the Green River in South King County, giving the killer his name.


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