Gary Leon Ridgeway: the Green River Killer

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CRMJ329: Criminal Profiling Gary Leon Ridgway By: Donna Jamison Born in Salt Lake City Utah in the year 1949, Gary Leon Ridgway was the middle child of three sons. Ridgway was raised in a chaotic and underprivileged household with a domineering mother and a father who reportedly despised prostitutes (Prothero, 2006). Ridgway wet the bed until his late teens. His mother reportedly bathed him until he was well into his teenage years, paying special attention to his genitals (Prothero, and Smith, 2006). His mother frequently berated him in the presence of others and would dress provocatively and regularly spoke of sexualized encounters with the men worked with (Rule, 2004). As a child, Ridgway experimented with arson, suffocated a…show more content…
All five of the victims were women; however they were of different ethnicities and ages. The only apparent similarities between the victims were that they were all female victim’s, they had all been strangled and disposed of in the Green River area. Upon consideration of victimology in this case it was discovered that each of the victims were prostitutes (Reichert, 2004). Shortly after the discovery of the fifth body detectives reasoned that the perpetrator had disposed of five victims in the same general area and would likely deposit his next victim in the same manor. In an effort to catch the killer as he disposed of his next victim, the King County Sheriffs office initiated a surveillance operation. Deputies were placed in several areas along the Green River where they could view access points undetected. In an unfortunate turn of events a Seattle news helicopter thwarted their undercover operation by revealing their activity on the local news. It is believed by officials close to the case that this event may have seriously hindered law enforcements efforts to capture the Green River Killer early in the case. It is widely speculated that the perpetrator saw the news broadcast and realized the authorities were expecting him to return to the Green River (Keppel, 2005). On September 25, 1982 the body of Giselle Lovorn was discovered in a wooded area seven miles from the Green River. As with the other victims in the Green River

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