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Known as the “Green River Killer,” Gary Ridgway strangled at least 71 women in Washington state during the 1980’s and 90’s.
His first five victims were discovered in the Green River, which is how he earned his nickname.
He was finally arrested after DNA evidence linked him to several missing women, and he took a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty.
In exchange, Ridgway agreed to disclose the location of all of his victim’s bodies.Ridgway would pick up prostitutes and runaways, earn their trust by showing them a photo of his son, and then strangle them either with his bare hands or with ligatures.
He would often return to the bodies to have sex with them or arrange them in various poses.
Despite having an IQ of only 82, Ridgway managed to avoid being caught for over a decade until he was finally caught in November of 2001.
Ridgway is still alive and serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in Washington state.



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