Ridgway car listed on eBay for $12,000

Sale: Owner untroubled by '89 Sable's past

February 1, 2004 

A real estate salesman hopes to make a few bucks on a car once owned by Green River serial killer Gary Ridgway.

Bill Young of Kent is selling on the Internet auction site eBay a 1989 Mercury Sable GS he bought from Ridgway in 1996. The site initially objected to his description of the vehicle - which suggested Ridgway might have used the car to transport victims - but the item was back online Thursday, after Young toned down the advertisement.

Young's asking $12,000, though he believes that from a purely automotive standpoint the car's probably worth only about $1,500. He paid $5,000 for it in 1996 and it now has more than 118,000 miles on it.

In December, Ridgway was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to killing 48 women, mostly during a murderous binge from 1982-84. He was arrested in 2001 after DNA evidence tied him to the remains of a number of the victims.

Shortly after the arrest, a detective with the Green River Task Force called Young to find out if he still had the car. At the time, detectives were looking for all the vehicles once owned by Ridgway.

"They asked if they could come down and inspect it," Young said. "And if I sold it to let them know who bought it." Detectives never did inspect the car, he said.

Young said it doesn't bother him to have driven a serial killer's car for so many years.

"The car didn't do anything; it was Gary Ridgway," he said.

He's taken clients out to properties in it, but his wife has been leery about being in the car ever since they realized the crimes of the previous owner.

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