Without the help of DNA, connecting offenders to their victims and the scene of the crime, so many cases would be left unsolved. Shockingly enough, it wasn’t until 1984 where DNA was used for biological identification. Once DNA started to play such a big role in criminal justice, many cases where they didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute, were brought to court and finally solved. Even though there was such a large gap in when the offenses were first committed and when they were solved, there was still justice for the victims and their families. An important case where DNA changes everything would be that of Gary Ridgway, otherwise known as the green river killer. Gary Ridgway was a serial killer whose killings began in 1971 and didn't stop until 1983. Although from afar he seemed like a normal everyday guy, he was married with …show more content…
The first few victims turned up near the banks of the Green River south of Seattle, giving Gary Ridgway his new title: The Green River Killer. Later the remains of dozens of women turned up near many Pacific Northwest rivers, airports and freeways in the 1980s. Investigators officially listed 49 of these bodies to be possible victims of the Green River Killer. Gary Ridgway lured young women, mostly prostitutes, and runaways into his truck, forcing sex upon them and then strangling them to death. He dumped the bodies in what he called "clusters” alongside freeways, railroad tracks, rivers, and airports. He later told the authorities the chilling reason why he did this, because, he wanted to keep track of the women he had killed. Gary would frequently drive by the “clusters” and think about the women he had placed there. In a statement, he admitted to returning to these sites not only to view the corpses but to engage in necrophilia with the remains. In some cases, Ridgway’s victims laid there for years, even decades waiting to be
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He did have some close calls. In 1983, a victim named Maria was taken off the strip where her boyfriend saw her being taken. The boyfriend followed the pickup truck, yet the truck got away from him(Harthorne, 2013). The police questioned Gary Ridgway because the boyfriend recognized it to be his truck. Gary Ridgway convinced the police that it was not his truck.
Carlton Gary’s criminal activities begin as far back as 1969 when he was first arrested and charged with the firebombing of a grocery store in Gainesville. After a short stint in prison Gary was later arrested and charged with burglary, grand theft auto, assault of an officer, drug possession, possession with intent to sell, armed robbery. In May of 1970, Marion Brewer an elderly Caucasian female was attacked and robbed in her hotel room in Albany, New York. Eighty-five year old Nellie Farmer was robbed and strangled to death in her nearby apartment two months following the Brewer case, after a third elderly Caucasian woman was assaulted Carlton Gary arrested as it was discovered that a fingerprint left at the crime scene of Nellie Farmer was
I also picked prostitutes for victims because they were easy to pick up without being noticed” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer Staff and News Services, 2003). Therefore, Ridgway indirectly but directly planned the murders he committed since majority of the victims were young runaways and/or prostitutes, but he did state that “I picked her up planning to kill her”; he would approach the women for “dates” (Robinson, 2001). The middle of July was when the first victim was found her name was Wendy Lee Coffield she was a sixteen-year-old runaway, the medical examiner determined that she had been strangled with her own underwear; for there was not much evidence to be examined the murder went unsolved, and the murderer from then on out was called the Green River Killer (Montaldo,
He gained the nickname of “The Freeway Killer” because he would leave his victims alongside freeways and ramps. Some of Bonin’s victims were, Thomas Lundgren (13) May 28, 1979, Mark Shelton (17) August 4, 1979, Markus Grabs (17) August 5, 1979, Donald Hyden (15) August 27, 1979, David Murillo (17) September 9, 1979, Robert Wirostek (18)September 17, 1979, John Doe (19-25 c.) November 29, 1979, Frank Dennis Fox (17) November 30, 1979, John Kilpatrick (15) December 10, 1979, Michael Mcdonald (16) January 1, 1980. His last known victim was Steven Wells (18) June 2, 1980.
Gary Ridgway was born on February 18th, 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a child, he grew up in a troubled family and witnessed violent arguments between his parents. At the age of 16, he led another boy his age into the woods and stabbed him in the ribs "just to see what it felt like to kill someone" as Ridgway described why he did it, fortunately, the boy survived. The first murder of his was on July 7th, 1982, when a waitress named Amina Agisheff got out of work and was never seen again. The day after he took Amnina, Ridgway murders a runaway teen named Wendy Coffield.
At one moment Gary even killed someone while his son waited in the truck. If his son would have known what was going on, he would have killed him too. Gary would either invite these women to his home or invite them to the back of his truck since the front seat was messy. He had a
Ridgway committed all his murders between 1982 and 1998 (Seattle Times). His victims were all prostitutes or runaways as he considered them easier targets, knowing it would take longer for them to come up as missing. He often stated he hated prostitutes for being around, while simultaneously and frequently utilizing their services throughout his whole life. It is also on record that his father had a deep hatred toward prostitutes. Ridgway made himself as appealing to the women as possible, often planting his sons toys in his truck, or showing them a photo of his son he kept in his wallet, in order to make him seem less dangerous.
Gary Ridgway was born on November 30, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was raised in the McMicken Heights neighborhood of SeaTac, Washington, which was known to have a large population of prostitutes and runaways girls (Harthorne, 2013). Ridgway was recognized to be an awfully shy and quiet boy. Some would say he was in the shadows of his siblings. He had a hard upbringing, which people believe to have caused him to start these appalling killings.
William George Bonin, also known as the Freeway Killer, became a part of America's long list of serial killers. After he kidnapped, raped, and murdered fourteen teenage boys between 1979 ans 1980. With the help of his four accomplices; Vernon Butts, Gregory M. Miley, William Ray Pugh, and James Micheal Munro, Bonin stalked Los Angeles County for boys that fell between the ages twelve and nineteen. The first victim in a long list of lives lost was Marcus Grabs, a seventeen year old German student traveling the United States. Marcus was stabbed a total of seventy seven times, sodomized and strangled to death.
On December 11th, 1978 15 year old Robert Piest went missing. His mother reported to the police that he was last seen headed to Gacy’s house to work for a potential job. December 21 police searched his house and found evidence of acts and murder. Later it was found that Gacy killed 33 boys and young men, majority was buried under his house or in the garbage. Gacy lured his victims with the promise of work, and then captured, sexually assaulted and eventually strangled most of them with rope.
Lauren Monroe Wendy L. Eddy English 1213 Section 21 March 2016 Gacy on Trial John Wayne Gacy is famously known for the sadistic murders of thirty-three young men. He would lure each of them in, some with the promise of a job with his self-made construction business and others with the promise of sex. On December 13th 1978, detectives requested a search warrant of Gacy’s home. The judge ordered the warrant, and when detectives arrived to the scene they discovered plenty of suspicious items in his house.
Gaskins preferred females, but he wouldn’t just victimize females, he also victimized males. In 1975, Gaskins found eighty boys and girls along the highways in North Carolina and killed them. Doreen Dempsey, a woman who thought of Donald Gaskins as a friend was leaving town and decided to get a ride from him. Gaskins drove her to a wooded area where he then raped and killed her. After killing her Gaskins proceeded to rape, sodomize and kill her two-year-old
In this paper I will be applying the psychological theories to serial killer Ed Gein. Ed Gein was a prolific serial killer in the 1950’s. He murdered and robbed graves for body parts to make furniture and clothing. He was apprehended in 1957, where he stood trial and was institutionalized. Edward Theodore “Ed” Gein was born August 27th, 1906 to George and Augusta Gein.
Ted Bundy was a notorious serial murderer who’s reign of terror lasted from 1974 to 1978. Bundy was convicted of three homicides and was sentenced to death for all three charges. However, at the time of his execution, Bundy confessed to 30 murders however the exact number of victims is still unknown. Bundy’s crimes evolved over time but he was both a sexual sadist and a necrophiliac serial killer. At the beginning of his rampage, Bundy would sneak into the victims house in the middle of the night, violently attack them while they were sleeping with a blunt object and then Bundy would usually sexually assault them.