Gary Leon Ridgway

By: Sam McCarty & Jake Roalfs

Growing Up

  • Born on February 18, 1949 in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Grew up in Seattle
  • Raised in poor neighborhood near Seattle's Pacific High Way
  • Love/Hate Relationship with mother
  • Frequent violent argument with mother
  • Set fires
  • Strangled Cat and other animals
  • Conflicted sexual feelings with mother
  • Wet bed until he was 13
  • Dad told stories about necrophilia
  • First attempted kill at age 16

  • Low intelligence (IQ of 82)

  • Poor Student in high school

Early Adaulthood

  • Following high school joined Navy
  • Went to Vietnam
  • Saw Combat
  • Prostitutes in Vietnam
  • Contracted Gonorrhea
  • Painting Trucks
  • Returned to cheating wife Claudia Barrows
  • Ended marriage
  • Remarried Marcia Brown
  • Had Sex Frequently with new wife
  • Outdoors
  • Had child
  • After child he hated his wife because lack of sex
  • Turned violent
  • Second wife divorce
  • Married third wife Judith Lynch

Murders

  • Killed 1982-2001 (19 years)
  • Most took place between 1982-1983
  • Convicted of 49 murders
  • Admitted to 75-80
  • Speculation over count
  • Killed along South King County Route 99
  • Lured them in car
  • Gaining trust showing pictures of son and had son's toys in car
  • Strangled victims with bare hands
  • Victims began injuring him so used belts, ropes, or own pants
  • Dumped victims in wooded areas or ¨Green River¨

Victims

  • Women
  • Prostitutes
  • Between 15-40
  • No particular ethnicity
  • Based victims on convenience
  • Most were resident of King County, WA

The Trial

  • 2001
  • DNA
  • Many years later
  • Connected to 3 murders
  • Admitted to 46 others
  • Pleaded guilty to all 48 counts
  • Not executed

Why Did He Do It?

  • Burning hatred and sexual lust for his mother
  • Hated prostitutes for Gonorrhea
  • Important women in life disappoint
  • Little or no empathy for others
  • Psychopath and a malignant narcissist

Bibliography


Gary Ridgway. (2015). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 02:20, Mar 19, 2015, from http://www.biography.com/people/gary-ridgway-10073409.

Gary Leon Ridgway. (2015, January 9). Retrieved March 19, 2015.

Gary Ridgway. (2014, December 16). Retrieved March 19, 2015.