Gary Ridgway: Serial Killer

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Gary Ridgway was born on February 18, 1949 to Thomas Newton and Mary Rita Ridgway. He was the middle child of 3 boys. He was a quiet boy who didn’t have many friends. He grew up in a violent environment and also wet the bed until he was 14 years old. He had inappropriate feelings towards his mother, yet also hated her and dreamed of killing her. Gary Ridgway is a caucasian male who was 32 years old during his first murder and possibly 50 years old during his last. When he was a kid he took an IQ test and scored an 82. When Ridgway was a teenager he stabbed a 6 year old boy in the middle of the woods. He walked away laughing and told the boy: “I always wondered what it’d be like to kill someone.” No one knew of this event besides the boy and Ridgway, so no one could have suspected that he would have been a serial killer in the future. Ridgway performed poorly in high school and graduated from Tyee High School at the age of 20.…show more content…
All of his victims were either female prostitutes or female runaways. He killed all his victims by violent strangulation and had sexual intercourse with them before and after he killed them. He knew none of his victims and almost always let them come to him by pretending he was having car troubles, luring them with his son, and simply because they were mainly prostitutes so they would approach him for a “date”. Ridgway dumped all his victims in the Green River until it was under surveillance, he then disposed of the bodies in remote areas in the woods of Seattle Washington and surrounding areas. He never planned his murders, he would randomly pick up the prostitutes after leaving his work shifts or early in the morning before them. Whenever Ridgway has been asked why he murdered all those women he always responds by saying “because I wanted to, they were worthless pieces of
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