Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, is one of America's most prolific serial killers, so named because his first five victims were found along the Green River in Washington state. Between killing his first victim in 1982 and his capture in 2001, he murdered at least 49 women, most of them prostitutes or teenage runaways. During interrogation after his arrest, Ridgway admitted to more than 70 murders, though many of these remain unconfirmed. Read on for more creepy and terrifying details about Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer.
He Was A Cheapskate
As his crimes suggest, the Green River Killer hated prostitutes. But, maybe not for the reasons you'd expect. He related, "I picked prostitutes as my victims because I hate most prostitutes and I did not want to pay them for sex.”
Mark Prothero, Ridgway's lawyer, had the following to say:
I came up with the term psychofrugalpath. He was cheap to a psychopathic degree. When you would ask him why he would kill the girls, he would say because he would get his money back.
Ted Bundy Tried To Help Find Ridgway
After seeing a newspaper picture of Detective Dave Reichert, the lead officer in the Green River Killer case, Ted Bundy wrote him a letter offering assistance in finding the killer. Ted Bundy the rapist, serial killer, and necrophiliac? Yes, that Ted Bundy. In his letter to Reichert, Bundy wrote, “Don't ask me why I believe I'm an expert in this area, just accept that I am and we'll start from there.”
Reichert took Bundy up on his offer in 1986, but unfortunately, it didn't lead to finding Ridgway.
He Was A Pathological Liar
Ridgway would be the first one to tell you that he shouldn't be trusted. When interrogated by the police, he openly admitted to being a pathological liar.
Journalist Charles Harger said of Ridgway, "Gary Ridgway is absolutely playing me; he's playing everybody when he talks. I don't think Gary Ridgway can even comprehend the truth.”
Ridgway Stayed Out of Prison for Decades
The Green River Killer claimed the vast majority of his victims in 1982-1983. He was arrested on a prostitution charge in 1982 and became a suspect in the case, but was released after passing a polygraph test.
It wasn't until 2001 that police compiled enough DNA evidence to arrest Ridgway.