The infamous Green River killer, whose real name is Gary Ridgway, already pleaded guilty to killing 49 woman. He is now claiming, from his Washington State penitentiary cell, that he actually killed closer to 80, over a 20 year period.
Charlie Harger, a reporter for ABC’s news affiliate KOMO conducted a telephone interview with Ridgeway, in which he made the claims about there being other victims.
He told Harger that he was confessing to the other murders in order to bring closure to the families of the victims: “The total number [of victims] is 75 to 80,” Ridgway said.
Harger made it clear in his report that the Green River killer is not what he appears to be:
“The strange thing about Gary Ridgway is if you didn’t know the depravity, if you didn’t know the evil that this man committed, you would have no clue when you talked on the phone with him.This man sounds like he would be a perfect neighbor,” he said.
Ridgeway admitted that he focused on prostitutes and runaways who he would accost and strangle during sex, leaving their bodies in remote areas along the Green River near King’s County, hence his notorious nickname.
The Harger report keeps its skeptical tone about Ridgeway’s new claims: “Gary Ridgway is absolutely playing me. He’s playing everybody when he talks. I don’t think Gary Ridgway can even comprehend the truth.”
He continued about the Green River killer: “I think he wants to show the world that, ‘Here I am, Gary Ridgway, the truck painter from Kenworth, the guy who everybody thought was slow since elementary school, somebody who couldn’t hold a candle to Ted Bundy. But, here I am, and I’m the best at something.’”