Gary Ridgway (Gary Leon Ridgway) an American serial killer known as The Green River Killer and The Riverman. Ridgway began murdering women in 1982 and was arrested in 2001 when a DNA test revealed a match. He targeted sex workers along Route 99 in south King County, Washington. Ridgway didn't smoke or chew gum, yet he left cigarette butts and gum wrappers near his victims' bodies as confusing clues. Ridgway was suspected of killing over ninety victims, confessed to seventy-one and was convicted of forty-nine. Ridgway was one of six killers (Jerome Jerry Brudos, Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, Gary M. Heidnik, Edmund Kemper and Ridgway) who served as an inspiration for the character of Buffalo Bill in Thomas Harris' 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs and its film adaptation.
Serial Killer Gary Ridgway (aka) The Green River Killer, The Riverman, was active for 19 years between 1982-2000, known to have ( 49 confirmed / 90 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Gary Ridgway was born on February 18th 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah, US. He was born 2nd of 3 children and raised by both parents Mary and Thomas Ridgway. Ridgeway was raised as a middle child and had two, one older brother and one younger brother. His father, Thomas Ridgway, a bus driver. His mother, Mary Ridgway, a homemaker. He had a head injury or brain defect. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems. Gary Ridgway was sexually, physically, and psychologically abused at some point of his life.
Ridgeway a heterosexual, necrophile male citizen of the United States of America, with religious ties and/or beliefs connected with the Pentecostalism religion, organization or belief system. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, Gary Ridgway had an IQ of 82. Ridgeway completed 12 years of school, received a high school diploma. Ridgeway married Claudia Kraig Barrows in 1970, divorced in 1972, married Marcia Lorene Brown in 1973, divorced in 1981, married Judith Lorraine Lynch in 1988, divorced in 2002. He had one son, Matthew Ridgway born in 1975, Gary sometimes showed his sons picture to potential victims to gain their trust.
Prior to his spree he had killed, commited crimes, and served time in jail.
In 1982 (Age 32/33) Gary Ridgway started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, commit acts of necrophilia, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. He was known to kill victims at his own home. He would keep personal items from the victim after the crime. He positioned or posed at least one body after death. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone and later with his third wife, Judith Lynch, where Ridgeway was known to work as a serial killer, military, truck painter.
He was arrested on November 30th 2001 (Age 52), convicted on November 5th 2003 (Age 54), sentenced to life imprisonment, forty-eight life terms plus 480 years at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington. Ridgeway was convicted on charges of murder, rape, torture and other possible charges during his lifetime.
Gary Ridgway has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia, is a sexual attraction or sexual act involving corpses. Serial Killer Necrophiliacs have been known to have sex with the body of their victim(s).
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Nickname:||The Green River Killer, The Riverman|
|Victims:||49 - 90|
|Years Active:||1982 - 2000|
|Ages Active:||32/33 - 50/51|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Convicted Of:||murder, rape, torture|
|Life Span:||1949 -|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Sexual Preference:||heterosexual, necrophile|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♒ Aquarius |
Jan 20 - Feb 18
|Marital Status:||married Claudia Kraig Barrows in 1970, divorced in 1972, married Marcia Lorene Brown in 1973, divorced in 1981, married Judith Lorraine Lynch in 1988, divorced in 2002|
|Children:||one son, Matthew Ridgway born in 1975, Gary sometimes showed his sons picture to potential victims to gain their trust|
|Living With:||himself, alone and later with his third wife, Judith Lynch|
|Occupation:||serial killer, military, truck painter|
|D.O.B.:||Feb 18, 1949|
|Birth Location:||Salt Lake City, Utah, US|
|Birth Order:||2nd of 3|
|Siblings:||two, one older brother and one younger brother|
|Raised By:||both parents Mary and Thomas Ridgway|
|Birth Category:||middle child|
|Mother:||Mary Ridgway, a homemaker|
|Father:||Thomas Ridgway, a bus driver|
|Highest School:||12 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||high school diploma|
|Arrested:||Nov 30, 2001 (Age 52)|
|Convicted:||Nov 5, 2003 (Age 54)|
|Sentence:||life imprisonment, forty-eight life terms plus 480 years|
|Prison Location:||Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington|
|Cause of Death:||N/A|
|Killed In Prison:||N/A|
The 11 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Gary Ridgway. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Feb 18 1949||Gary Ridgway was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, US. #19490218|
|Feb 18 1969|
|Feb 18 1979|
|Gary Ridgway started his serial killing spree. #1982|
|Feb 18 1989|
|Feb 18 1999|
|Gary Ridgway ended his serial killing spree. #2000|
|Nov 30 2001|
|Gary Ridgway arrested. #20011130|
|Nov 05 2003|
|Gary Ridgway was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment, forty-eight life terms plus 480 years at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington. #20031105|
|Feb 18 2009|
|Feb 18 2019|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Gary Ridgway (1982-2000).
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|problems in school||TRUE||221|
|kill at killers home||TRUE||320|
|sex with body||TRUE||430|
|totem personal item||TRUE||354|
|living with children||FALSE||268|
|father drug abuse||FALSE||192|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||195|
|teased in school||FALSE||218|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||323|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|ISBN10||Book Title||Author||Killers Mentioned||Killers|
|1733630600||Serial Killer Stranglers||Kevin Smith|| 164 Total Including |
|1733630619||Serial Killer Rapists||Kevin Smith|| 266 Total Including |
Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour
|1501191969||Mindhunter||John E. Douglas|| 3 Total Including |
|0743238516||Green River, Running Red||Ann Rule||Gary Ridgway||1|
|1982120509||Green River, Running Red||Ann Rule||Gary Ridgway||1|
|0743276418||Green River, Running Red||Ann Rule|| 3 Total Including |
|1504046390||The Search for the Green...||Tomas Guillen||Gary Ridgway||2|
|1595825606||Green River Killer: A Tru...||Jeff Jensen||Gary Ridgway||1|
|1451604289||The Riverman||Robert Keppel|| 5 Total Including |
|141654223x||But I Trusted You||Ann Rule||Gary Ridgway||1|
|0312938195||Chasing the Devil||David Reichert||Gary Ridgway||1|
|0759511969||Chasing the Devil||Sheriff David Reiche...||Gary Ridgway||1|
|0080569358||Criminal Profiling||Brent E. Turvey||Gary Ridgway||1|
|0470370718||Defending Gary||Mark Prothero||Gary Ridgway||2|
|0787985082||Defending Gary||Mark Prothero||Gary Ridgway||2|
|0131529668||Serial Killers||Tomas Guillen||Gary Ridgway||1|
|1533054932||Serial Killers: Gary Ridg...||Alex Allen||Gary Ridgway||1|
|0275990648||Serial Murder and Media C...||Dirk Cameron Gibson|| 8 Total Including |
Earle Leonard Nelson
|0828322775||The Green River Serial Ki...||Pennie Morehead||Gary Ridgway||2|
|1412904870||Criminal Behavior||Jacqueline B. Helfgo...||Gary Ridgway||2|
|1621150534||Green River Killer||Jeff Jensen||Gary Ridgway||1|
|1230526412||Necrophiles||Source Wikipedia|| 7 Total Including |
Gary Leon Ridgway (born February 18, 1949), also known as the Green River Killer, is an American serial killer. He was initially convicted of 48 separate murders. As part of his plea bargain, another conviction was added, bringing the total number of convictions to 49, making him the most prolific serial killer in United States history according to confirmed murders.
Gary Ridgway is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database