Green River Killer HEADLINES
They gave Tom Jensen a standing ovation Thursday.
Gary Leon Ridgway's attorneys say their client should be commended for his courage.
These are the 48 women Gary Leon Ridgway pleaded guilty to killing Wednesday.
It was the smallest of clues that finally broke open a case that had been overwhelming in scope.
August 1971: Gary Leon Ridgway, who was dishonorably discharged from the Navy, starts working as a painter at the Kenworth Trucking Co. in Renton.
All of the information in this story comes from a 138-page report titled "Prosecutor's Summary of the Evidence," gleaned from more than five months of interviews with the killer.
Families of the Green River Killer's many victims found little solace in Gary Leon Ridgway's guilty pleas.
As he read the names of dozens of Gary Ridgway's victims, King County Sheriff David Reichert paused three times.
State Rep. Mike Carrell (R-Lakewood) said King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng made a mistake by letting Gary Leon Ridgway avoid the death penalty, and the Legislature should keep that from happening again.
By pleading guilty to 48 of the so-called Green River murders, Gary Leon Ridgway assumed a lofty ranking in the dismal pantheon of Northwest serial killers.
The judge has asked me to state what I did in my own words that makes me guilty of these crimes. This is my statement:
Gary Leon Ridgway hated prostitutes, didn't want to pay for sex and set out to kill as many of the women as he could.
In the end, King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng chose truth instead of death.
Camera crews and print journalists from across the country and Canada packed the King County Courthouse on Wednesday to cover Gary Leon Ridgway admitting to extinguishing 48 lives.
Legal experts say the plea bargain with the Green River Killer raises a thorny question: If the state of Washington is not going to execute someone who has confessed to murdering 48 people, how can it ever again put anyone to death?
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