“Prostitutes were the easiest. I went from having sex with them to just plain killing them… The young ones stood out more when they talked when they were dying.”
Gary Ridgway, ‘The Green River Killer’ was a seemingly mild-mannered, married man whose own wife called him “a dream come true,” and had no idea he was one of the most prolific murderers in American history. Ridgway beat and strangled at least four dozen women during the 1980s and ’90s, often dumping their bodies in or near Washington State’s Green River. It is believed that he killed at least 71 women, most of them being prostitutes. Ridgway would also return to the victims body to have intercourse with it, sometimes while it was decomposed. DNA evidence eventually led to his arrest and conviction. To avoid the death penalty, he confessed to murdering 48.