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In her most personal and provocative book to date, the #1 bestselling master of true crime presents "her long-awaited definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades" (Publishers Weekly). This is the extraordinary true story of the most prolific serial killer the nation had ever seen -- a case involving more than forty-nine In her most personal and provocative book to date, the #1 bestselling master of true crime presents "her long-awaited definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades" (Publishers Weekly). This is the extraordinary true story of the most prolific serial killer the nation had ever seen -- a case involving more than forty-nine female victims, two decades of intense investigative work...and one unrelenting killer who not only attended Ann Rule's book signings but lived less than a mile away from her home.


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In her most personal and provocative book to date, the #1 bestselling master of true crime presents "her long-awaited definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades" (Publishers Weekly). This is the extraordinary true story of the most prolific serial killer the nation had ever seen -- a case involving more than forty-nine In her most personal and provocative book to date, the #1 bestselling master of true crime presents "her long-awaited definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades" (Publishers Weekly). This is the extraordinary true story of the most prolific serial killer the nation had ever seen -- a case involving more than forty-nine female victims, two decades of intense investigative work...and one unrelenting killer who not only attended Ann Rule's book signings but lived less than a mile away from her home.

30 review for Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer - America's Deadliest Serial Murderer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    A very thorough and very interesting telling of the events surrounding the investigation of the Green River Killer. I did not know much about the Green River Killer - other than he committed a series of murders in Washington back in the 80s. Since I knew so little, this was a suspenseful whodunit? for me. The book is not easy to read if the horrific details of crimes make you queasy. It was shocking to read about what one human can do to another human because they think they are "doing the right A very thorough and very interesting telling of the events surrounding the investigation of the Green River Killer. I did not know much about the Green River Killer - other than he committed a series of murders in Washington back in the 80s. Since I knew so little, this was a suspenseful whodunit? for me. The book is not easy to read if the horrific details of crimes make you queasy. It was shocking to read about what one human can do to another human because they think they are "doing the right thing to clean up the streets". Also shocking (but maybe not surprising) that a lot of people didn't really care about whole lot at first because the victims were mainly prostitutes. Seeing how community, police, and media attitudes shaped the course of this investigation was very interesting. I was surprised at how , despite the fact that the book is decently long at 434 pages, it never dragged. Each section was like another episode of a crime show and I couldn't wait to get to the next episode the next day. If you like true crime, mysteries, and/or just seeing how truly messed up the human mind can be, check this book out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    "Prostitution is a profession born of desperation, poverty, alienation and loneliness." Ann Rule covers one of the most profilic serial killers in American history - a case involving more than forty-nine female victims and spanning over two decades of intense investigative work. Well, this one was a mixed bag. It's very clear from the beginning that Rule tries to use this novel as a way of humanising all of the Green River Killer's victims. With the introduction of each victim, there is a small pi "Prostitution is a profession born of desperation, poverty, alienation and loneliness." Ann Rule covers one of the most profilic serial killers in American history - a case involving more than forty-nine female victims and spanning over two decades of intense investigative work. Well, this one was a mixed bag. It's very clear from the beginning that Rule tries to use this novel as a way of humanising all of the Green River Killer's victims. With the introduction of each victim, there is a small picture included as well as some back story on their life prior to it being cut short by Gary Ridgway. Some victims are covered in great detail, others are covered in a couple of lines, it really depends on what Rule was able to find out through interviews with family members and husbands/boyfriends etc. And I appreciated this, I really did. It's very easy to think of these girls as just a name on Ridgway's victim list, when they were actual human beings with hopes and dreams and families, struggling through a tough phase in their lives. However, on the flip-side, given the sheer magnitude of Ridgway's victim pool, this can become quite monotonous and repetitive after a while. Especially when Rule, for some reason, deems it important to tell us how attractive each victim was, or her weight. HONESTLY. It's very clear from the get-go that Ridgway does not have a type, unlike Bundy who targeted attractive brunettes with a centre parting in their hair. Therefore, the inclusion of such details felt very unnecessary and just removed me from what I was reading. We had a picture of each girl to refer to, we didn't need any further expansion on physical characteristics - anyway, rant over! The story itself was very disjointed at times - Rule would cover some of the victims, then jump over to Ridgway's childhood, then jump over to the investigative team (again, giving us unnecessary details about each individual that I could not care any less about) and then jump back again. This was particularly jarring when I was really interested in learning more about Ridgway and his history, and she'd just cut me off and start talking about some guy retiring from the investigative team and some other guy taking over. I DON'T CARE. I feel like I've been harsh so far, so it's time to cover some aspects I did like… I just really enjoy Rule's writing. It's nice and easy reading, which is required when you're reading true crime, I feel. We're here for the facts, we're here for good detailed coverage of different serial killers or crimes, we don't need flowery language or beautiful prose (although Ann does try her hand at this at times when describing different landscapes etc - which is fine, it doesn't bother me). She gives us little snapshots of Ridgway's childhood and growing up, and his previous marriages, and these are REALLY interesting. Then towards the end of the book, when she covers his eventual capture and interrogation, this is when it gets SO GOOD I CAN'T STOP. I just wish more of the book was as addictive as this section. Overall, this book really could have, and should have, been shorter. It's still a mostly enjoyable read if you're interested in learning more about Ridgway and his heinous crimes. 3 stars out of 5 for me!

  3. 5 out of 5

    jv poore

    Chilling. And I want to be Ann Rule when I grow up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Edit: I am updating my review for this book because this Orlando massacre has made me realize something. I gave this book a 3.75/5 stars because I found it repetitive. I found hearing about the girls' life repetitive and I wanted to hear more about Gary Ridgway. But I was wrong in thinking that. I stand by everything else in my review, and it was repetitive, but in the way it was done, not what was said. Ridgway was charged with 48 murders, almost identical to this massacre. And as with other ma Edit: I am updating my review for this book because this Orlando massacre has made me realize something. I gave this book a 3.75/5 stars because I found it repetitive. I found hearing about the girls' life repetitive and I wanted to hear more about Gary Ridgway. But I was wrong in thinking that. I stand by everything else in my review, and it was repetitive, but in the way it was done, not what was said. Ridgway was charged with 48 murders, almost identical to this massacre. And as with other massacre's, the victims are lost. The perpetrator becomes the shining star of this crime when it should be the victims who are the shining star. This book was so much more than I gave it because it was important. It covered the parts of a crime that are important. Not just where it happened and why and by whom, but who was the victim. More than a name and a face and stats, but who they were at people. It's sad that it took me a massacre of this magnitude to teach me this, but I'm glad I got this lesson all the same. I hate this rating, but 3.75 stars. Too good for 3.5 but not worthy of the full 4 stars. This is a non-fiction book about Gary Ridgeway who was known as the Green River Killer. Between the years 1982 and 1985 he killed around 50 prostitutes in the Seattle area and wasn't captured until 2001. This serial killer has never been one I've really paid attention to, but I was really curious how they caught him when he was so dormant for so long. This book has a lot of flaws. I don't like the organization of it. Nearly 250 pages of biographies about the women that he kidnapped. It basically was like: introduce the girl. Talk about where she was taken and how and when. Outline her childhood. Talk about how she became a prostitute. Then repeat. Occasionally she threw in a bit about detectives and the hunt for the killer. So while interesting, very formulaic and repetitive. Another thing, speaking of the killer, she does not use Ridgeway's name until page 291. Before then whenever she talked about him in any way it was always "him", "the boy" etc. It was weird and I don't really know the purpose of it. Another thing I didn't like: she somehow makes this about herself, as though she's relevant at all. Ann Rule talks about the book signings she had where he went to them, the tips and calls she received, how she always expected to be writing other books and the books she wrote in the meantime. Like I don't care about her life and I felt like she constantly needed to impose herself in the story like she was in any way involved in this. And yet.... Despite all of this... I enjoyed it. Despite the 250 repetitive pages, they flowed well. I always felt like reading it. It's very dense so it took me a while but it happened. I liked knowing about this and I learned from this book which doesn't always happen when I read about serial killers. So not perfect by any means, but interesting and thorough and informative about what happened but also about how they caught him. I enjoyed it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    This was a really good true crime book, the main reason why I didn't give it five stars is that there was too much filler in here for me towards the end. A good 20 percent of this book could have deleted (after we get into the 1990s) since we all should know at this point that Ridgway (the Green River Killer) didn't get arrested until 2001 and was not convicted until 2003. Depending on the book I don't mind when Rule segues into the lives of the police officers who are responsible for apprehendi This was a really good true crime book, the main reason why I didn't give it five stars is that there was too much filler in here for me towards the end. A good 20 percent of this book could have deleted (after we get into the 1990s) since we all should know at this point that Ridgway (the Green River Killer) didn't get arrested until 2001 and was not convicted until 2003. Depending on the book I don't mind when Rule segues into the lives of the police officers who are responsible for apprehending these killers, this time though there was a lot of repetitiveness that ended up boring me to tears. "Green River, Running Red" is a look at the Green River Killer who murdered 71 women in Washington State in the 1980s and 1990s. Rule gives us an intimate look at these women and in some cases teens. We find out what drove many of them to the streets and how they got involved with prostitution. I find it appalling how little people seemed to care that prostitutes were being murdered. Ridgway purposely chose women in this profession since besides hating them, he thought no one would notice them going missing and if they did, would not care. Rule manages to have you feel nothing but sympathy for these women and their family who would not know for years or decades in some cases about what happened to their daughters/mothers/sisters. I loved that Rule added in pictures before she got into the history of each woman. I also found myself hoping for a different outcome once I got caught up in all of their lives. Rule smartly does not make Ridgway the focus of this book. Every couple of chapters or so we peek back in at Ridgway to see where he is in his life, but he is depicted as a malevolent ghost for most of the story before Rule goes into how he was finally apprehended. I do think in this case going into the Green River Task Force could have been cut way down in this final book. They really didn't find anything to go on with Ridgway for a long time, so reading about other suspects wasn't interesting. I also thought Rule carried the water for the police a bit too much in this book. She also weirdly takes potshots at Robert Keppel who enlisted Ted Bundy who provided some insights into the Green River Killer before his death. Keppel even wrote a book about it entitled "The Riverman". The ending of the book goes into Ridgway going out with law enforcement and finding the locations of other victims and him recounting how he murdered them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marcella Wigg

    Can't say this is a fun read, but Rule has a tendency to use victim-centered narrative, which I find progressive and important in discussions of true crime, and it was overall a well-done account of the cases of the Green River Killer. Ridgway is a pretty solid refutation to the common misconceptions about serial killers, that they must be extraordinarily successful or charming or intelligent, especially to evade capture. He was utterly ordinary and mediocre, even less than mediocre by some meas Can't say this is a fun read, but Rule has a tendency to use victim-centered narrative, which I find progressive and important in discussions of true crime, and it was overall a well-done account of the cases of the Green River Killer. Ridgway is a pretty solid refutation to the common misconceptions about serial killers, that they must be extraordinarily successful or charming or intelligent, especially to evade capture. He was utterly ordinary and mediocre, even less than mediocre by some measurements, and yet he caused incredible destruction to the lives of the young women and families he chose to hurt, and even evaded capture for twenty years. Perhaps it was the very idea that the Green River culprit had to be someone exceptionally clever that helped many in the police force on the case overlook the suspect they had had on their radar for decades. Not genius writing, but I do like her focus on the women more than on Ridgway himself, especially given the circumstances of the crimes, in which they were viewed by their murderer as merely trash to be discarded, and her skepticism of Ridgway as having any shred of normal compassion, which I share with her. This annoyed me less than parts of *The Stranger Beside Me* when she inserts herself into the narrative a bit too zealously.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This book is just beyond terrifying. Thankfully Ridgway has been convicted but to know that it took so long to catch this monster is just horrifying, he was just hiding in plain sight the WHOLE time. It gives me shivers just thinking about it! Ann Rule truly is the queen of true crime writing, she just has the perfect way of balancing the horrifying crime facts with the tidbits about the victims and Ridgway’s own life leading up to his killings. I enjoyed that she introduced us to the victims, b This book is just beyond terrifying. Thankfully Ridgway has been convicted but to know that it took so long to catch this monster is just horrifying, he was just hiding in plain sight the WHOLE time. It gives me shivers just thinking about it! Ann Rule truly is the queen of true crime writing, she just has the perfect way of balancing the horrifying crime facts with the tidbits about the victims and Ridgway’s own life leading up to his killings. I enjoyed that she introduced us to the victims, but I did find she elaborated way too much on some of them, a single paragraph would have sufficed and given us the background we needed on them. My favourite part of the book by far was the ending where it was leading up to his capture and arrest, my eyes were GLUED to the page and I was on the edge of my seat! This is one hell of a true crime story, definitely a must read for any true crime fan!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lightreads

    And apparently the other thing I needed to be reading while studying for finals was a book about the man who raped and strangled (and often strangled and raped) over fifty women in Washington State. This is an utterly fascinating story, unfortunately packaged by an annoying true crime author. I wanted to read about Gary Ridgeway not because he’s a killer, but because he’s such an odd specimen. I mean, from a profiling standpoint, he just doesn’t make sense. He was married happily for twenty year And apparently the other thing I needed to be reading while studying for finals was a book about the man who raped and strangled (and often strangled and raped) over fifty women in Washington State. This is an utterly fascinating story, unfortunately packaged by an annoying true crime author. I wanted to read about Gary Ridgeway not because he’s a killer, but because he’s such an odd specimen. I mean, from a profiling standpoint, he just doesn’t make sense. He was married happily for twenty years -- someone with his level of sociopathy simply should not have been able to achieve that. He went from killing at least forty women (and probably many, many more) over the span of two years to only a handful over two decades. That’s bizarre -- guys like him don’t stop, they spiral further and further out of control. And contrary to every expectation, he’s not actually that intelligent. This book isn’t about that. It’s mostly about the victims, their families, and the cops on the twenty-year search for Ridgeway. Which is fine -- God knows they all deserve to have their stories told. I would have been happier if Rule didn’t so obviously focus on victims whose stories were particularly juicy or tragic, and gloss over the “boring” ones. Her factual recounting is interesting for its own sake, but that’s about all there is here -- her occasional attempts at psychological insight are laughably shallow. There’s just 'what' here, and no real 'why', though Rule does indulge in the utterly predictable pastime of blaming the mother. It’s always the mother’s fault, don’t you know. Jesus, okay, I’m not even going to get started on that. Still an interesting book though, for what it is. For my money the most fascinating segment is the verbatim transcript of the interview where the police told Ridgeway’s wife just what her husband had been doing. The currents at play there, not obscured by Rule’s dramatics, are worth the price of admission. And I don’t mean that in the ghoulish way of peering in at the collapse of someone’s life, but in the fascinated way of seeing just how much she didn’t know a man she’d spent twenty years with. Except for that flickering sense you get that just maybe she really did.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Detroit

    My wife thinks there is something seriously wrong with me deep inside because of my great love of true crime, in particular serial killers. But what does she know? She likes the Eddie Murphy single “Party All the Time.” The body count here is staggering, Green River Killer Gary Ridgway exposing Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Joseph James DeAngelo, Richard Ramirez, the Hillside Stranglers, and the Zodiac Killer as mere pikers after being convicted of murdering 49 women. And who knows if that number i My wife thinks there is something seriously wrong with me deep inside because of my great love of true crime, in particular serial killers. But what does she know? She likes the Eddie Murphy single “Party All the Time.” The body count here is staggering, Green River Killer Gary Ridgway exposing Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Joseph James DeAngelo, Richard Ramirez, the Hillside Stranglers, and the Zodiac Killer as mere pikers after being convicted of murdering 49 women. And who knows if that number is even correct, given these sociopaths’ predilection for er, skirting the truth? Ridgway was the Boogeyman, fully formed and sprung to life, now serving 48 consecutive life sentences. Who says the criminal justice system doesn’t work?. Not for the weak of heart or stomach. You’ve been warned.

  10. 5 out of 5

    BAM Endlessly Booked

    A true crime book about the man in Seattle who took the lives of at least 49 women. It took two decades of research on the author's part to compile the book. Anne Rule never disappoints. Her ability to ingratiate herself into the story is impressive. This was excellently researched. A true crime book about the man in Seattle who took the lives of at least 49 women. It took two decades of research on the author's part to compile the book. Anne Rule never disappoints. Her ability to ingratiate herself into the story is impressive. This was excellently researched.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Catten

    Stepping away from her typical formula of featuring multiple stories in one book, Ann Rule takes on a hefty project with Green River, Running Red. Rule began compiling information on this well-known serial killer in 1982, waiting for detectives to figure out whodunit so she could write about the self-described "killing machine," Gary Ridgway, who confessed in 2003 to strangling 48 women, starting with Wendy Lee Coffield in 1982 and ending with Patricia Yellowrobe in 1998. Because Ridgway operated Stepping away from her typical formula of featuring multiple stories in one book, Ann Rule takes on a hefty project with Green River, Running Red. Rule began compiling information on this well-known serial killer in 1982, waiting for detectives to figure out whodunit so she could write about the self-described "killing machine," Gary Ridgway, who confessed in 2003 to strangling 48 women, starting with Wendy Lee Coffield in 1982 and ending with Patricia Yellowrobe in 1998. Because Ridgway operated in the same South Seattle area as Rule lived, she not only uses insider information from good relationships with local law enforcement, but she also demonstrates a comfortable familiarity with local attitudes, locations, and personalities. Writing teachers encourage students to "write what you know," and Rule does just that. The book describes the challenges and frustrations of the many members of the Green River Task Force. For example, in the early '80s, DNA processing took relatively huge samples, was exorbitantly expensive, and didn't always produce usable results. Technology drastically improved, however, and in 2001 a lab looked at evidence from 1987 with exciting results-Ridgway's DNA sample matched those collected from four suspected victims. Up until that point, no real evidence tied any of the victims to a killer or each other. In 2002, paint found on the clothing of two out of the four women identified as having Ridgway's DNA on them, helped to clinch the case. When Robert Lee Yates was killing prostitutes in Spokane, most people adopted the attitude of, "well, I'm safe because I'm not a prostitute." More crass locals added, "Besides, he's taking crime off the streets." This mentality is part of why Ridgway was able to get away with his activities for so long. In addition, that victim class-prostitutes and runaways-is complicated. Missing people are often not reported because no one knows they are gone. Ridgway knew this. In court, he said, "I also picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up, without being noticed. I knew they would not be reported missing right away, and might never be reported missing."* Rule does a nice job introducing some of the victims, complete with snapshots and short biographies. I mentioned in my last review of an Ann Rule book, however, that one of the things I didn't like was how she digresses in a way that makes me feel like she is showing off how much research she had done. I get that feeling again, and this time, there are dozens of characters. (If nothing else, an index at the back to help the reader find other mentions of a person might help one make his or her way through this dense book.) I found it a little annoying that so much time was spent on the victims, and not until almost 300 pages into the book did the killer's name finally came up. More balanced focus on the detectives and killer would have helped break up the chapter-after-chapter dead-dead-dead chant. I found it very odd that Rule chose to refer to the girls' pimps as "boyfriends." At one point, she mentions Seattle's Public Market, which is actually the well-known Pike Place Market. Also, the name of the strip where most of the victims were picked up apparently has many names: the SeaTac Highway, the Pacific Highway, the Pac HiWay, the airport strip, and Highway 99. Not being a local, I had trouble figuring out that each of these references were actually to the same road. Overall, the book was a decent read, but there are much better-written stories out there.

  12. 5 out of 5

    JBradford

    I was visiting a friend in her office the other day when I noticed this book in her IN box and commented on the title, and she said “Do you want to read it?” I have read it; I could not put the damn thing down! Ann Rule has a marvelous facility for capturing your attention and making you want to see what comes next, and I was intrigued by the way she wove the threads of this plot into something that reads like a novel with alternate points of view. This book is the story of the Green River Killer I was visiting a friend in her office the other day when I noticed this book in her IN box and commented on the title, and she said “Do you want to read it?” I have read it; I could not put the damn thing down! Ann Rule has a marvelous facility for capturing your attention and making you want to see what comes next, and I was intrigued by the way she wove the threads of this plot into something that reads like a novel with alternate points of view. This book is the story of the Green River Killer, who terrorized Seattle WA for three years or more years back in the 1980s. Ann Rule, who had started life as a Seattle police officer well before then, had become a crime-writer, writing for True Detective and other magazines of that ilk, some eight or so stories a month, and then had turned to books after it was discovered that she had worked for a year or more with a young college student, studying psychology, with the two of them being the night staff operators at a crisis center, before he went on a murderous rampage across the country; his name was Ted Bundy. By the mid 1980s, Ann was writing documentaries about crime and found herself living in the middle of a crime wave as street-working prostitutes in south Seattle started disappearing, some of them last seen and/or their bodies later being found within a few miles of Ann’s home. As the rampage went on, it began to include young women who were not working the streets, but simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Ann knew she was going to write a book about this -- but the major problem was that the police could not find the murderer. She kept taking notes, cutting out clippings, talking to the police officers working on the case, interviewing friends and relatives of the victims, but she could not write the book until the killer was caught. As a public speaker, Ann talked about the book she would write and commented about the Green River Killer, and her readers and members of her audiences began to send her suggestions, called her on the phone to report suspicions, etc. The years rolled by, however, with a noticeable drop in the killings … until finally enough evidence came to light to identify who the killer was, and Ann could write her book--20 years later. Ann’s book starts off as a straight history, reporting on how the first few bodies were found, with the account being enlivened by a mug-shot photograph of each girl in turn as Ann combined the last-known sightings and survivors’ recollections into third-person accounts that bring the girls to life on the pages, giving you insight into what was going on in their minds even though their lives are so incomprehensible. She makes their hopes and childish imaginings so understandable that there is a repeated shock every time one of them disappears into the night, leaving behind boyfriends (often their pimps), toddling children, bewildered parents and siblings, mystified friends. Ann does not romanticize their existence in any way, but she does express an understanding of how they came to be in their terrible position, finding that the vast majority of them came to the streets because of abuse at home or involvement in drugs that left them incapable of finding any other way of making a living. At the same time, Ann draws on her friendships with the police and her understanding of police work to paint a detailed picture of how the police department goes about the process of establishing a team of investigators to address this continuing case--a team that over the course of time expands to more than 50 officials at a cost of millions of dollars, slowly going through the grinding process of checking out body sites, interviewing possible witnesses and acquaintances, sifting through clues in an attempt to figure out who is causing all these deaths (believed to number more than 50). Interspersed with these two story lines, however, Ann interweaves into these accounts the concurrent third-person viewpoint of the killer, himself, based on what was eventually learned from his confessions and interviews with those who knew him, and we also get the fascinating account of how he grew, from a nasty incompetent little boy to a generally likable young man who drifted through three marriages under the control of his dominating mother. The result is a “true” story about the series of happenings that terrorized Seattle back then and horrifies the reader now, to the extent that I keep having the urge to call loved ones and ask if they are all right, for fear that there are other equally evil people in the world, consumed by similar ungodly thoughts and depravities. I grew up in a family that never had a key for the doors to their home, and I lived that same way until after my wife died, but you cannot read a book such as this without feeling that you should go check the lock on the door.

  13. 4 out of 5

    rachel

    I didn't mind the endless descriptions of the victims. In fact, I liked that -- it keeps the memory of the transient, wayward girls Ridgway killed alive, even if the details of their lives were nothing remarkable. What I didn't like was reading about Ann Rule's awesome books and her awesome role as a tip call taker and how everyone in the true crime world looks to her as an expert, etcetera. The crime reporting is good, though the book could have been a welcome 50 pages shorter if Ann had talked I didn't mind the endless descriptions of the victims. In fact, I liked that -- it keeps the memory of the transient, wayward girls Ridgway killed alive, even if the details of their lives were nothing remarkable. What I didn't like was reading about Ann Rule's awesome books and her awesome role as a tip call taker and how everyone in the true crime world looks to her as an expert, etcetera. The crime reporting is good, though the book could have been a welcome 50 pages shorter if Ann had talked less about Ann.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Caidyn (he/him/his)

    This review can also be found here! TW: serial murders and mentions of strangulation, dismemberment, and necrophilia (although not in graphic detail) Never in my life did I ever think I’d put the word “necrophilia” on this blog, but here we are today. Welcome to talking about true crime and serial killers. Today, it’s Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer. He was active from 1982 to 1988 (but it’s speculated he could have killed up to his capture) and confessed to killing 71 women. He This review can also be found here! TW: serial murders and mentions of strangulation, dismemberment, and necrophilia (although not in graphic detail) Never in my life did I ever think I’d put the word “necrophilia” on this blog, but here we are today. Welcome to talking about true crime and serial killers. Today, it’s Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer. He was active from 1982 to 1988 (but it’s speculated he could have killed up to his capture) and confessed to killing 71 women. He was convicted of killing 49 after pleading guilty. I won’t get into what he did, but he mainly picked up high risk targets (i.e. sex workers and hitchhikers). I’ve been on a huge serial killer kick, so when I saw one of the libraries I have a card to had this as an e-copy, I scooped it up. The only other book I’ve read by Ann Rule is The Stranger Beside Me, her magnum opus about Ted Bundy. Admittedly, I DNFed that book because it was too long and meandering. This one is about the same. It’s over 650 pages long and felt far too much. But it covers everything that you might want to know, focusing mainly on Ridgway’s victims. I liked that. I liked that the victims and their lives weren’t forgotten. She didn’t get too in depth about what Ridgway did to his victims (another nice thing if you don’t want to read gore) but it was chilling. While reading this, I watched A&E’s “The Killing Season”, a documentary series about the Long Island Serial Killer and other unsolved serial murders along the east coast. It was so interesting to watch it and then read this book, knowing about this subset of missing people that we don’t even know are missing, called “the missing missing.” It made me think of this book because of the targets for serial killers. They’re called high-risk targets because they lead high-risk lives. Sex work (and by that I mean sex work on the streets and those who advertise on websites like Craigslist or Backpages, both of which are gone now and were important vetting sites — but, another time and place for my issue with how sex workers are vilified), drug users, runaways, hitchhikers, etc. Basically, those who might not even be noticed if they were suddenly gone. Those who have no one to file that missing person’s report. Those who will never be truly missed except by the people who love them. While this book isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it’s important because it shows what’s wrong with policing the people who need the most help. Police officers are feared because they threaten, arrest, and even rape those just trying to get by. And they offer no way out of that life. Then they go missing and, well, who cares? One less thing that we need to “clean up.” At the end, it also shows how the police in this area changed their approach and perhaps help prevent future crimes like this. In other words, this book is a long and hard read, but it’s rewarding because it shows there are ways to reform.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I vaguely remember the Green River Killer from when he was caught and it made headlines but I don't think I ever really knew much about him aside from snippets on serial killer websites or what have you. Because I am awful, every time he was mentioned by his less-than-creative moniker, I could only think of the Stuckey River Killer. I mean, that shouldn't be a go-to parody, right? This is only my second Ann Rule book and I find that, so far, I appreciate the way she speaks of the women who get mur I vaguely remember the Green River Killer from when he was caught and it made headlines but I don't think I ever really knew much about him aside from snippets on serial killer websites or what have you. Because I am awful, every time he was mentioned by his less-than-creative moniker, I could only think of the Stuckey River Killer. I mean, that shouldn't be a go-to parody, right? This is only my second Ann Rule book and I find that, so far, I appreciate the way she speaks of the women who get murdered by killers. There were a lot of young women to memorialize in this book and she touches upon each one. Unfortunately, after the 20th, or so, I couldn't remember which one was whom as their bodies were found. Perhaps it would have made more sense to introduce the reader to the victim right before or after her body had been identified. And since I was listening to the audiobook, I didn't have the luxury of thumbing back to find the person's name to refresh my memory on who she had been. I lost track pretty quickly and felt like an uncaring lout, as a result. I thought it odd that Rule seemed to want to examine her own unknowing relationship with the killer and inserted herself into this report time and again but never opened the door all the way, choosing to mention here and there that he'd been at a book signing or they'd lived in the same neighborhood and she had to have seen him several times. I'm not sure how relevant that information is to anyone but her and her family, not beyond a momentary chilling thrill, at least. While this was definitely interesting and, again, for a sensational pop-culture book, I felt it was written with compassion, I can't give this more than three stars. It became repetitive and felt disorganized or like a final final draft before the last edits have been made.

  16. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: death, murder, rape, gore, kidnapping, disappearance of a loved one, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, abusive relationships, murder of sex workers. 3.5 stars. I so desperately wanted to find this utterly gripping from start to finish, because I'd never even HEARD of the Green River Killer before this book came across my radar and he was so incredibly prolific. And I fully admire Ann Rule's commitment to telling the stories of each and every young woman who disappeared in the area dur Trigger warnings: death, murder, rape, gore, kidnapping, disappearance of a loved one, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, abusive relationships, murder of sex workers. 3.5 stars. I so desperately wanted to find this utterly gripping from start to finish, because I'd never even HEARD of the Green River Killer before this book came across my radar and he was so incredibly prolific. And I fully admire Ann Rule's commitment to telling the stories of each and every young woman who disappeared in the area during the period when the Green River Killer was active. However. So many of their stories were similar and equally bleak - shitty home life, ran away from home, ended up in an abusive relationship that led to drug/alcohol abuse, becoming sex workers, MURDER. And because Rule is trying to tell each and every one of their stories, I kind of felt like all of the victims blended together after a while. So ultimately I found myself losing track of the timeline and all the people Rule was talking about, and I don't really feel like it needed to be as long as it was...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    I love reading about True Crime and especially serial killers. I was really surprised I hadn't heard of this one before considering the extent of his spree. Definitely an interesting read from someone who actually spoke to the killer before he was caught. I hope to read more books from Ann Rule! Decent Read! I love reading about True Crime and especially serial killers. I was really surprised I hadn't heard of this one before considering the extent of his spree. Definitely an interesting read from someone who actually spoke to the killer before he was caught. I hope to read more books from Ann Rule! Decent Read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Punk

    When I was a kid, I remember hearing about the Green River Killer. No details, just the name, but it was spooky enough that it stuck with me. And since my library doesn't have The Stranger Beside Me in ebook—I won't read it in paperback because I worked in a library; I know what those ratty true crime paperbacks look like and I'm not touching them—I chose this book as part of my exploration of the question: Do I really enjoy true crime or do I just love Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark's My When I was a kid, I remember hearing about the Green River Killer. No details, just the name, but it was spooky enough that it stuck with me. And since my library doesn't have The Stranger Beside Me in ebook—I won't read it in paperback because I worked in a library; I know what those ratty true crime paperbacks look like and I'm not touching them—I chose this book as part of my exploration of the question: Do I really enjoy true crime or do I just love Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark's My Favorite Murder? All I know for sure is that I love Karen and Georgia, and this book is long-winded, poorly organized, and filled with mind-numbing data. It'd be nerve wracking to read if you knew there was going to be a quiz later. Rule gives you dates, directions with cross streets, the full names of everyone you encounter, as well as their height, weight, age, occupation, birthday, and the names of their parents, siblings, and children. Surprisingly, none of that makes any of these people memorable. But without the threat of a test hanging over me, this was easy to read since I knew I would never need to remember a word of it, and I didn't, not even while I was reading. The most satisfying part was when she mentioned an unrelated murder that happened near me when I was ten, and now I have context for a vague memory of a murder in a Denny's parking lot. Yes, you even get unrelated murders in this! Because the Pacific Northwest was fucking crawling with serial killers in the seventies and eighties, and Gary Ridgway was running around loose for twenty years while the cops searched for the Green River Killer. Every time someone was murdered, you had to wonder if it was him. They finally arrested him in 2001. I mean jesus. His first victims were found in 1982. Anyway, this book isn't very good. It has chapters from Ridgway's perspective that are super gross and sourced from where, exactly, Ann? Also it has absolutely no bibliography. Just about three pages of people who assisted Rule in writing the book. And it needs all the trigger warnings. Literally all of them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Addison

    This is an excellent account of the Green River Killer's reign of terror, from the discovery of Wendy Lee Coffield's body in 1982 to his long, gruesome interviews with detectives as part of his plea bargain in 2003. Rule, as a famous true crime writer living in the south Seattle area, found herself a part of the story even as she was trying to prepare to write about it (to a lesser degree than happened with Ted Bundy, but I'm sure the coincidence was horrific for her), and I think part of what m This is an excellent account of the Green River Killer's reign of terror, from the discovery of Wendy Lee Coffield's body in 1982 to his long, gruesome interviews with detectives as part of his plea bargain in 2003. Rule, as a famous true crime writer living in the south Seattle area, found herself a part of the story even as she was trying to prepare to write about it (to a lesser degree than happened with Ted Bundy, but I'm sure the coincidence was horrific for her), and I think part of what makes this book so engaging (if that's not an inappropriate term) is in fact Rule's own engagement with the story. Not just her empathy, but her deep personal knowledge of the geography that, as it would turn out, was so vital to Gary Ridgway himself. Her own fear informs the book (especially the literally fear-full moment when her daughter identified Ridgway as a man who frequently came to Rule's events); it's not as much a memoir as The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story, but it has some of that same feel. Rule is also interested in the victims' sad, short stories (most of the girls Ridgway murdered were between 16 and 20) and clearly went to a lot of trouble to find their families and to listen to what they said. Her coverage is uneven, as it would have to be. You call tell that Opal Mills' brother, Tracy Winston's mother, Mary Bello's mother, and Mary Bridget Meehan's family gave extensive interivews, simply by the detail that Rule goes into; other victims are just names and the circumstances pieced together of their deaths. And then the ghastly afterlife of their corpses. So if something possesses you to want to read about the Green River Killer, I do highly recommend this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Two decades... More than forty victims... And the lives of many women ended in the reign of the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. For more than nineteen years, the prostitutes of King County, Washington were terrorized by the most sadistic serial killer in the nation's history. Although most of the victims disappeared between 1982 & 1984, it would take close to 100 detectives and more than 10 million fruitless tips for law enforcement to zero in on Gary Leon Ridgway as the Green River Ki Two decades... More than forty victims... And the lives of many women ended in the reign of the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. For more than nineteen years, the prostitutes of King County, Washington were terrorized by the most sadistic serial killer in the nation's history. Although most of the victims disappeared between 1982 & 1984, it would take close to 100 detectives and more than 10 million fruitless tips for law enforcement to zero in on Gary Leon Ridgway as the Green River Killer. Once again, Ann Rule chronicles the true life criminal events that made major headlines. She tells the story of the manhunt for the Green River Killer, a man who was killing King County prostitutes at an alarming rate from 1982 to 1984. Interspersed with chronicling the progress the multi-agency task force was making, she brings a real human warmth to the victims - an otherwise vilified class of society. She also provides some background and early looks into the development of a monster. This is a quick read and well worth the time investment for true crime fanatics; people who r tee remember the manhunt; and anyone looking for something a bit different to read. As usual, Ann Rule brings forth a book that doesn't disappoint.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Allison Schroeder

    Ann is long winded af she doesn’t let a detail slip. Fuck you gary

  22. 4 out of 5

    Trin

    What is it about Washington State that attracts serial killers? Last year I read Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me, which is a fascinating book in large part because Rule, even then a crime writer, was actually friends with its subject: Ted Bundy. That's a bizarre and disturbing piece of kismet right there. And it lead to a true crime story that was psychologically complex because Rule was clearly trying so hard to understand how the man who was her friend could also be such a monster. Rule, sadl What is it about Washington State that attracts serial killers? Last year I read Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me, which is a fascinating book in large part because Rule, even then a crime writer, was actually friends with its subject: Ted Bundy. That's a bizarre and disturbing piece of kismet right there. And it lead to a true crime story that was psychologically complex because Rule was clearly trying so hard to understand how the man who was her friend could also be such a monster. Rule, sadly, does not bring the same level of analysis to the story of fellow Washington State resident Gary Leon Ridgway, a.k.a.The Green River Killer, a.k.a. The Most Prolific Serial Killer in North American History (Possibly). Though she tries to stress her involvement in the case, it was comparatively minimal, so the personal connection present in the Stranger is absent here. Still, it would be interesting to see the psychological motivations of a guy like Ridgway, who--unusually for a serial killer--is not very bright, and--again highly unusual--managed multiple marriages and long-term relationships at the same time had a busy second career soliciting and murdering prostitutes. Instead of going into that, though, Rule just summarily concludes that it was somehow all his controlling mother's fault. Uh-huh. The text of this very, very long book is therefore mostly taken up by the victims' stories--which are tragic, and do deserve to be told, but I didn't particularly care for Rule's method of cherry-picking the "juicy" ones and leaving other girls--equally deserving--with just a sentence or two. I really wish this book had had more focus--the story of the investigation gets kind of buried under so much other stuff, and the narrative doesn't seem to be organized terribly well. I read this book because I became fascinated with the portrait of the Green River Killings Neko Case paints in her song "Deep Red Bells"; it's less than four minutes long and I think it achieves something more vivid and poignant and terrible than this book does in over 500 pages.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. on Saturday, December 17, 2005 Wow. I am really shocked reading about this wanker. Especially when you consider they could have caught him so much earlier. There was 1 witness when he took off with Marie, a girl who was prostituting herself, her parents not knowing, with the help of her boyfriend. He saw her going in a car, and thought she looked scared when she was in the car so he followed them. The driver ( who later turned out to be Gary Ridgeway)managed to shook him off. Not much later the boy on Saturday, December 17, 2005 Wow. I am really shocked reading about this wanker. Especially when you consider they could have caught him so much earlier. There was 1 witness when he took off with Marie, a girl who was prostituting herself, her parents not knowing, with the help of her boyfriend. He saw her going in a car, and thought she looked scared when she was in the car so he followed them. The driver ( who later turned out to be Gary Ridgeway)managed to shook him off. Not much later the boyfriend and Marie's family did a search and they found the car parked in a driveway of a house. The police asked the owner of the house if there was a girl there, he said no, of course, and that was the end of it. I wished they could have done more, I say could, cause I understand they can't just go in the house, but on the other side, it was during all the murders, so to bad it didn't ring a bell. While reading this book I was also reading The search of the Green River Killer by Carlton Smith and The Riverman by Robert D. Keppler, one of the detectives on the case. This gave me a good insight in what happened during all those decades.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Didn't really grab me until about page 470. I thought about not finishing it, but I wanted to know what happened. When they finally identified Ridgeway, things picked up. I appreciate Ann Rule's dedication to the victims and their families, but the writing became repetitive and monotonous. I suppose the monotony comes from the overall bleakness of this case, but it was not only bleak, but a chore to get through. I did find it rewarding, however, and I'm glad I finished this. I think I went into the Didn't really grab me until about page 470. I thought about not finishing it, but I wanted to know what happened. When they finally identified Ridgeway, things picked up. I appreciate Ann Rule's dedication to the victims and their families, but the writing became repetitive and monotonous. I suppose the monotony comes from the overall bleakness of this case, but it was not only bleak, but a chore to get through. I did find it rewarding, however, and I'm glad I finished this. I think I went into the way I read most true crime; the voyeuristic speculation, the gritty details. What I got was a really in depth and documented book about a horrendous case. Made me look at true crime differently and with more respect.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    This doesn't read a like a suspense thriller, so if you are looking for that, you may want to skip this true crime non-fiction book. There is a lot of biography for the unfortunates girls strangled by this horrible serial killer. You get to know many of them and it tears your heart out. Although, I'm glad they finally found the killer, I'm sorry it took so long. This doesn't read a like a suspense thriller, so if you are looking for that, you may want to skip this true crime non-fiction book. There is a lot of biography for the unfortunates girls strangled by this horrible serial killer. You get to know many of them and it tears your heart out. Although, I'm glad they finally found the killer, I'm sorry it took so long.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Tellefsen (thecontinuingchronicles)

    Rating 3.5/5 I find I don't have nearly as much to say about Green River, Running Red as I did with The Stranger Beside Me. This is for two reasons: I don't find Gary Ridgeway particularly compelling. He was a sad little man who had the same cliche story as others convincted of killing women or prostitutes: He hated women because of past injustices and could only satiate that rage by killing them. And, as is the case for many serial killers, Gary Ridgeway was extraordinarily ordinary. From his app Rating 3.5/5 I find I don't have nearly as much to say about Green River, Running Red as I did with The Stranger Beside Me. This is for two reasons: I don't find Gary Ridgeway particularly compelling. He was a sad little man who had the same cliche story as others convincted of killing women or prostitutes: He hated women because of past injustices and could only satiate that rage by killing them. And, as is the case for many serial killers, Gary Ridgeway was extraordinarily ordinary. From his appearance, to his mannerisms, to his work, to his life, he was just an average man. So much so, that, even though he was a suspect of the killings back in the eighties, he was never officially arrested or charged. It is unquestionable that Gary Ridgeway was an extremely proflific killer. Possibly even more so then Ted Bundy, although, we will never truly know how many Bundy killed. If I had to guess, I would still say his body count was higher. But to me, I found the stories of his victims far more compelling than Ridgeway's own. Many complaints I have seen about this particular telling of Ridgeway's life and crimes, is that Rule spends a great deal of time and detail discussing the victims. She talks about their history, their lives, and what led them to be exactly where they were when they stumbled into Ridgeway's web. And while I agree that it was almost impossible to keep all of the names straightand it was easy to get sidetracked by all of the minutae presented, their stories mattered and I am glad they were told. The second reason, is that this lacked the truly personal aspect that The Stranger Beside Me did. Ann Rule did not have a personal connection to Ridgeway like she did with Bundy. The telling of Ridgeway's story was far more clinical and removed. That is what you would like expect from a true crime narrative; however, I enjoyed the personal anecdotes thrown into The Stranger Beside Me. It made Ted Bundy accessible and understandable in some macabre way. It made you feel pity for him, almost as much as you wanted to see him dead. Ann Rule was, undoubtedly, a truly talented narrator of true crime. I enjoy her voice and the way she weaves the tale. This one just didn't connect with me as much as her debut. Oddly enough, I think Green River Running Red might have been the last novel she was able to finish before she passed away, meaning I have now consumed her first and last novel. I definitely hope to read more of her work in the future.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Kellenberger

    This was a very thorough read about the Green River Killer, the victims, and the Green River task force that was assigned to catch him. It is a culmination of two decades worth of research, and it's also the length of time it took to catch the killer. It amazes me that he got away with killing 49 women and that it took two decades to find him. This is a huge story to cover and it is meticulously researched. I felt it was a tad too long, but I honestly don't know how she could've edited anything o This was a very thorough read about the Green River Killer, the victims, and the Green River task force that was assigned to catch him. It is a culmination of two decades worth of research, and it's also the length of time it took to catch the killer. It amazes me that he got away with killing 49 women and that it took two decades to find him. This is a huge story to cover and it is meticulously researched. I felt it was a tad too long, but I honestly don't know how she could've edited anything out. She did justice to the women who lost their lives to this sadistic man. It's also so interesting to read about crimes that were committed before DNA technology advanced!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    For some reason this unusually rainy Spring/Summer has left me with an insatiable craving for true crime. From My Favorite Murder (more like, My Favorite Podcast) to The Keepers on Netflix, something about 2017 has me reaching for darker materials. I've been wanting to read about the GRK since I first discovered Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story last year. Rule is thorough and respectful, but what hooked me in the Bundy memoir/account was ultimately lacking i For some reason this unusually rainy Spring/Summer has left me with an insatiable craving for true crime. From My Favorite Murder (more like, My Favorite Podcast) to The Keepers on Netflix, something about 2017 has me reaching for darker materials. I've been wanting to read about the GRK since I first discovered Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story last year. Rule is thorough and respectful, but what hooked me in the Bundy memoir/account was ultimately lacking in Green River. Ultimately (and perhaps surprisingly), I find Rule at her best when she injects herself into the narrative. One of the most interesting aspects of Rule as a character is her deep knowledge of the field and her lifelong dedication to improving and understanding how we track serial killers (before the term was even widely used). Her anecdotes surrounding her life during this case were interesting to me, especially her possible run-ins with the killer at book signings. This gave me shivers!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Not a big fan of Rule's writing style. This felt so impersonal the way the victims were almost listed like items by their appearances. Plus the way she kept referring to Ridgeway as he instead of his name for more than half the book. Not a big fan of Rule's writing style. This felt so impersonal the way the victims were almost listed like items by their appearances. Plus the way she kept referring to Ridgeway as he instead of his name for more than half the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    The Green River Killer is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. Convicted of killing 48 women (many prostitutes) investigators believe there may be more that he either couldn't remember as part of his plea deal or purposely held back. Like many serial killers, Gary Ridgway did not stand out, once again dispelling the myth that true evil shows itself in some way. A mild, meek man with a steady job and a wife, there was nothing particularly unusual about Gary. The fact that he somet The Green River Killer is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. Convicted of killing 48 women (many prostitutes) investigators believe there may be more that he either couldn't remember as part of his plea deal or purposely held back. Like many serial killers, Gary Ridgway did not stand out, once again dispelling the myth that true evil shows itself in some way. A mild, meek man with a steady job and a wife, there was nothing particularly unusual about Gary. The fact that he sometimes visited prostitutes didn't necessarily raise red flags. Interestingly, Ridgway became a person of interest very early on in the killings (most of which occurred between 1983-1985), but was dismissed after he passed a lie detector test. Again, in 1987 investigators were interested enough that they obtained search warrants, ultimately questioning Gary and his wife Judith. In the end, he was again passed over as a serious contender. He wouldn't be arrested until 2001 when DNA taken in 1987 and frozen was sent away for DNA testing, which was still fairly new at the time. Rule does a good job of providing the basic unfolding of events. Much of the book is spent looking at the victims, many of which had very similar stories, troubled teen girls who ended up on the "strip" prostituting to support themselves. Though I appreciate what she was trying to do, I felt as if she spent too much time trying to bring the victims to life for the reader. I get it. These women were prostitutes, but that didn't mean that their lives didn't have value. However, the descriptions and history of the victims began to feel cumbersome as there were so many and their stories were so similar. And maybe that was her point. She wanted to give each girl her own identity. Still, I wish she would have spent more time looking at Ridgway. We get the basics, but it's more of a rough draft than a finished portrait. And maybe I'm expecting too much. Some take home points: Serial killers don't wear signs. They may or may not fit our preconceived notions about them. At best the FBI profilers provided profiles that got as much wrong as right. It's possible that Ridgway chose prostitutes because he felt that they didn't deserve to live. But it is just as likely that he chose prostitutes because they were easy targets...easy to approach and entice into getting into his car and less likely to be reported missing. It makes me again wonder if as a society we'd be better off making prostitution a legitimate profession. No one really knows what goes on inside another person's head. Ridgway's 3rd wife Judith had no idea she was married to a cold-blooded killer. She loved her husband and by all accounts it appeared as if he loved her. In fact, Ridgway's need to kill seemed to all but disappear during the years they were together. He said it was because he was no longer angry (according to him anger and resentment toward his second wife was the impetus behind most of the murders). Ultimately, Ridgway avoided the death penalty by striking a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to lead them to all the bodies, thus providing closure to many families who still lived with a small inkling of hope that their daughters might be alive. The biggest tragedy as far as the investigation goes, as I see it, is that they had him so early in the process. He'd been seen driving away with one victim. The victim's boyfriend followed his truck. He ultimately lost the truck, but found it again later when he went searching the next day. Police were called and actually knocked on Ridgway's door. They basically asked him if the girl was inside and he politely said no, and that was that. Hindsight is 20/20, but time and again the investigators' ideas about the killer prevented them from seeing the man they were looking for even when they came face to face. I have since ordered a book which was written from Judith's perspective. Imagine being happily married to a man you believe is a good person through and through only to one day have your entire world shattered when he's arrested for suspicion of not one murder but ultimately 48? And just how does a man like Ridgway manage to appear so normal? I'd also like to read another recounting of the murders. I like Rule as a writer, but I'd like another perspective/angle on this one.

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