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Episode 5: Scale of Awfulness

Updated: Jun 28, 2020

The summer of 1982 brought over a decade of fear to Seattle, Washington. Year after year, clusters of women's dead bodies would be found, one discovery more gruesome then the next. A serial killer dubbed the Green River Killer was stalking the Pacific Northwest, his name Gary Leon Ridgway.

Gary Leon Ridgway (photo credits: Kiro news, Oxygen)

He loved short shorts and his dogs (photo creds: reddit)

He really loved his dogs (photo creds: ifunny.com)



Apology letter from Gary Ridgway


The Victims of Gary Ridgway

The Victims of Gary Ridgway

Wendy Lee Coffield, 16

Debra Lynn Bonner, 23

Marcia Fay Chapman, 31

Cynthia Jean Hinds, 17

Opal Charmaine Mills, 16

Gisele Ann Lovvorn, 17

Linda Jane Rule, 16

Carol Ann Christensen, 21

Shawnda Leea Summers, 16

Gail Lynn Mathews, 23

Yvonne "Shelly" Antosh, 19

Constance Elizabeth Naon, 19

Kelly Marie Ware, 22

Mary Bridget Meehan, 18

Kimi-Kai Pitsor, 16

Delise Louise Plager, 22

Lisa Yates, 19

Unidentified White Female (Jane Doe B-10), 12–18

Cheryl Lee Wims, 18

Delores LaVerne Williams, 17

Debbie May Abernathy, 26

Terry Rene Milligan, 16

Sandra Kay Gabbert, 17

Alma Ann Smith, 18

Tina Marie Thompson, 21

Colleen Renee Brockman, 15

Mary Sue Bello, 25

Martina Theresa Authorlee, 18

Carrie Ann Rois, 15

Denise Darcel Bush, 23

Shirley Marie Sherrill, 18

Mary Exzetta West, 16

Sandra Denise Major, 20

Unidentified White Female (Jane Doe B-17), 14–18

Tracy Ann Winston, 19

Maureen Sue Feeney, 19

Kimberly L. Nelson, 21

Cindy Anne Smith, 17

Debra Lorraine Estes, 15

Andrea M. Childers, 19

Marta Reeves, 36

Roberta Joseph Hayes, 21

Patricia Michelle Barczak, 19

Patricia Yellowrobe, 38

Pammy Annette Avent, 15

Unidentified Female (Jane Doe B-20), 13–24

April Dawn Buttram, 16

Marie M. Malvar, 18

Rebecca "Becky" Marrero, 20



Dr. Michael Stone and Dr. Gary Brucato



Sources

Gary Ridgway “The Green River Killer” - Serial Killer Documentary

Youtube


This Interview Strategy Led a Serial Killer to Confess

Youtube


Gary Ridgway Interview

Youtube


Geographic Profiling of Serial Murderer, Gary Ridgway, to Assist Law Enforcement in the Apprehension of Future Serial Murderers Rachel Neldner http://www.gis.smumn.edu/GradProjects/NeldnerR.pdf


How Ted Bundy Helped Catch America’s Worst Serial Killer, Gary Ridgway

ati


Gary Ridgway Crime Files



The Spokesman Review


Murderpedia


Time Magazine


The New Evil: Understanding the Emergence of Modern Crime

Dr. Michael H. Stone, Dr. Gary Brucato

Prometheus Books


The New Evil: Understanding the Emergence of Modern Crime

Dr. Michael H. Stone, Dr. Gary Brucato

Prometheus Books


The Anatomy of Evil

Dr. Michael H. Stone

Prometheus Books


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Murder in the Rain
Murder in the Rain
Jul 04, 2020

Thanks for your feedback @witchywoman_28 - we feel like we've already learned so much since these earlier episodes, but we strive to do a better job each time. I appreciate your feedback and will try to do a better job the next time DNA comes up. It's too bad you couldn't finish the episode, the conversation with Dr. Michael Stone and Dr. Gary Brucato was illuminating.

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I think there should be a mention made at the beginning of your episode on the Green River killer regarding DNA analysis. There is a rambling section about why they did not do any DNA testing. This case started in 1982. DNA analysis was not brought into the forefront of crime tests until much later. The first case DNA testing was used was in 1986. It was an untested scientific method for the courts for a while after this, plus it was much more rudimentary than now. I found this lack of background knowledge to be distracting, and could not finish the episode.

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