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SERIAL KILLER: The Green River Killer

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Snippet of Crime Junkie: SERIAL KILLER: The Green River Killer In this snippet, Ashley and Brit dissect the childhood of "The Green River Killer." Gary Ridgeway was not a normal child. His mother was domineering, and physically and sexually abusive. His father was a meek man, who absorbed his wife's fury instead of fighting back. His parents' relationship dynamic bred a rage in Gary that festered in his psyche—creating warped, violent thoughts that plagued him into adolescence and adulthood.
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The Horrifying Story of the Green River Killer Told Through Podcasts On the surface, Gary Ridgway was just another average guy. He was a devoted husband, a hardworking employee, and a regular churchgoer. Ridgeway was also the second-most prolific serial killer in the history of the United States. Over the course of what he calls his "career," Ridgeway murdered at least 49 girls and young women. According to him, the total was closer to 70. The so-called, "Green River Killer," terrorized the Pacific Coast Highway for almost two decades. Ridgway baffled the police—who were aided by Ted Bundy—and even passed a polygraph test to stay at large. If it weren't for the invention of DNA profiling, Ridgeway might never have been caught. Discover the whole disturbing story in this playlist full of expert documentation and analysis of Ridgeway's monstrous life. Vurbl Riveting True Crime Stories
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Through the 80's & 90's, women in the state of Washington were turning up dead. First, along the Green River, then in other clusters throughout the state and even into Portland, Oregon. Not only had these women been murdered but their killer would re-visit their corpses and sexually assault them multiple times until their corpses were fully decomposed and consumed by maggots. A man named Gary Ridgeway had been pointed out by a number of witnesses as being the Green River Killer but police were unable to make an arrest until DNA connected him to four crime scenes in 2001 – two decades and at least 49 victims later.Sources for this episode cannot be listed here due to character limitations. For a full list of sources, please visit    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit