Green River Killer May Have Killed 80 PeopleBy: Jennifer Curra - September 17, 2013
The infamous truck driver from Seattle who is known as the brutal Green River Killer has claimed he was responsible for taking even more human lives than was initially reported. He originally pled guilty to killing forty-nine women; however, he has recently said that the number is closer to eighty women. The murder streak took place over two decades where the killer, Gary Ridgway, explained his reasoning as wanting to target prostitutes.
“The plan was I wanted to kill as many women as I thought were prostitutes as I possibly could.” Gary Ridgway said before continuing, “I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.”
His past wicked deeds are concealed behind a placid, calm demeanor. According to Charlie Harger, the reporter who recently interviewed Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer on surface encounter appears to be a person one would expect to be a good neighbor and not someone capable of the magnitude of such a high number of heinous murders. “The strange thing about Gary Ridgway is if you didn’t know the depravity, if you didn’t know the evil that this man committed, you would have no clue when you talked on the phone with him. This man sounds like he would be a perfect neighbor,” Charlie Harger said.
The image of a perfect neighbor is deceiving. The mass murderer is presently in the midst of completing his time for forty-nine consecutive life sentences in a state penitentiary within Washington since his 2001 arrest. In 2003, Gary Ridgway confessed to killing forty-eight of the women in order to avoid the death penalty. After been one of the main suspects prior to his arrest, the advancements in DNA testing proved paramount in finalizing the charges. After all of these years, Ridgway has recently proclaimed that he is a changed man who has found God.
If the notorious killer is actually a changed man, does he deserve a second chance at life outside bars? Charlie Harger thinks there is more going on behind the veneer of a calm neighbor when speaking of Gary Ridgway.
“Gary Ridgway is absolutely playing me. He’s playing everybody when he talks. I don’t think Gary Ridgway can even comprehend the truth. I think he wants to show the world that, ‘Here I am, Gary Ridgway, the truck painter from Kenworth, the guy who everybody thought was slow since elementary school, somebody who couldn’t hold a candle to Ted Bundy. But, here I am, and I’m the best at something,'” Charlie Harger said.[Image And Video Via YouTube]