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Friday, November 19, 2004 - Page updated at 02:08 a.m.

The first victim found in the Green River was in 1982 near a Kent meat-packing plant.
"I wanted to kill as many women I thought were prostitutes as I possibly could," Gary Ridgway, 54, admitted in court, to avoid the death penalty, in exchange for life in prison without parole.
Gary Ridgway
Green River killer Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty Nov. 5, 2003, to the murders of 48 women from 1982 to 1998, bringing to an end the largest unsolved murder case in the country.

About the case
The victims
Timeline of a manhunt
Digging for evidence
Where victims were found
Area of disappearances

Legal documents
(Note: some documents contain graphic information)
Summary of Evidence
(a graphic description of Ridgway's crimes) [1.1mb PDF]
Plea agreement [295k PDF]
Second amended information
[1.5mb PDF]
Statement of defendant [920k PDF]

Seattle Times investigation, September 1987
A six-part examination of how police and other institutions dealt with the worst known serial-murder case in the nation .
Part 1: What went wrong? Part 4: Wrong man caught
Part 2: Setting made for murderer Part 5: A task force is born
Part 3: Case kept eluding police Part 6: Could he strike again?
         · Couple finds 'black hole'          · What kind of man is this?

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Skull fragment found near Green River
King County sheriff's deputies returned to a site in this south Seattle suburb today where a skull fragment was found the day before. [04:46 P.M. Aug. 26, 2004]

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