FC: The Green River Killer Gary Leon Ridgway By: Jake Springer
1: Gary Leon Ridgway was born on February 18th, 1949, also known as the Green River Killer, was an American serial killer. | He was given the name when the first five victims were found in the Green River in Washington. | He would strangle women with his arms and would also use rope and other types of objects. After he killed them he would leave them in forested areas in King County.
2: Ridgway was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Mary Rita Steinman and Thomas Newton Ridgway. He has two brothers, Gregory Leon and Thomas Edward. | He was raised in the McMicken Heights neighborhood of SeaTac, Washington. Ridgway’s home life was troubling, his mother and father fought many times in front of him. When he was a boy he had a problem with wetting the bed, his mother would belittle him and embarrass him in front of his family and relatives. From when he was young, he has different feeling of sexual attraction and anger toward his mother.
3: Ridgway tested with an I.Q. of 82 which meant he had a low intelligence. Because of this, he had to repeat a single school year twice during his time in high school in order to get good enough grades to pass. | When he was 16 he stabbed a six-year-old boy who survived the attack. According to the victim and Ridgway himself, Ridgway walked away laughing and saying, "I always wondered what it would be like to kill someone." Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ridgway is believed to have murdered at least 71 women. He stated, “I’ve killed so many I’ve lost count.” he victims were believed to be either prostitutes or runaways picked up along Pacific Highway South.
4: The bodies were often left in clusters, sometimes posed, usually nude. He also sometimes later would return to the victims' bodies and have intercourse with them, which is an act of necrophilia.
5: Mary Marrero states, “What does it take to get the death penalty in Washington? I don't agree with the plea deal to spare his pathetic life.” Virginia Graham also says, “Shame on you, Gary Ridgway. May God have mercy on your pathetic soul. I'm content to know that your hell is constant and never-ending through eternity.”