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Books and Videos about the Green River Killer

Updated on March 5, 2011

He looked to be a normal man....

Gary Ridgway is a serial killer who killed women in Washington State, USA, near the Seattle and Tacoma area. He killed mostly runaways and prostitutes during the 1980s.

At least 50 women asked him if he was the Green River killer. His reply: "Do I look like the Green River killer?"

But Gary Ridgway was the Green River Killer. He probably killed 60 or 70 girls in total. In court he said, "I killed so many women I have a hard time keeping them straight."

He lived a double life. Don't miss the book by his wife, which is featured below!

The Wife's Side of the Story

Green River Serial Killer--Biography of an Unsuspecting Wife
Green River Serial Killer--Biography of an Unsuspecting Wife

Gary Ridgway masterfully managed his two identities: one that included romantic vacations, bicycling, and raising Poodles with his wife, the other that included obsessions with a two-decade habit of soliciting prostitutes and young runaway girls near the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, strangling those who angered him


The Best Book on the Green River Killer - If you are only going to read one book, this is the one!

Gary Ridgway: The Green River Killer
Gary Ridgway: The Green River Killer

This book is written by the staff of the local newspaper. This book covers Gary Ridgway, his crimes, the victims, and the policemen who worked the case.


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An Inside Look at the Green River Killer and his Court Case - This book is written by Gary Ridgway's defense attorney.

Defending Gary: Unraveling the Mind of the Green River Killer
Defending Gary: Unraveling the Mind of the Green River Killer

Defense attorney Prothero joins Smith (The Search for the Green River Killer) to give us a detailed account of the trial and conviction of Gary Ridgway in the Green River killings around Seattle, which occurred over approximately 30 years, ending in the 1990s. In late 2001 police arrested Ridgway, a longtime suspect in the case. Prothero became his lead defense attorney shortly afterward. Originally he was skeptical about Ridgway's guilt, but physical evidence, including DNA analysis, proved that Ridgway had killed at least 48 women, mainly prostitutes, and may have murdered as many as 71 between 1982 and 1989. Prothero's tactic changed from proving Ridgway's innocence to sparing him from the death penalty.


Learn about the Killer's Bizarre Life - Read this True Crime Book by Ann Rule

Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer
Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer

In addition to focusing on the killer, the book tells the stories of many of his victims.


Videos About the Green River Murders and the Investigation

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    • Redneck Lady Luck profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I just saw this movie the other day. I think that other serial killers ie: Robert pickton may have used his methods. Very sad that there can be that type of inhumanity in people.


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