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Green River Killer: River of death

On April 8, 1987, police searched the home of serial killer suspect Gary Ridgway. Though at the time there was not enough evidence to arrest him, he would ultimately be convicted of 49 murders and suspected in dozens more in a slaughter that spanned over a decade.

Green River Killer Gary Ridgway Wants to Take a Walk to Locate Additional Victims

Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, has given a Seattle journalist several interviews in which he claims there are up to 36 more victims that have not been identified.

Green River Killer: River of Death

Tracy Winston, 19, disappeared from Northgate Mall on September 12, 1983. Her skull was found 22 years later by a hiker in a wooded area southeast of Seattle. Winston was one of the 48 women that Green River Killer Gary Ridgway confessed to murdering, though he is suspected in as many as 60 murders.

VIDEO: Interview With Green River Killer Gary Ridgway

One of the most prolific known American serial killers, Gary Ridgway was convicted of 49 murders and confessed to nearly 100. He killed women and girls, many of them prostitutes, in Washington state. He left their bodies in the woods and would sometimes come back to have sex with them. Below is a video interview in which Ridgway discusses the ways in which he lured his victims.

An Interview With Robert D. Keppel, Ph.D.

Retired detective and renowned criminologist talks openly about his work on the Ted Bundy and Green River Killer cases.

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