Search for Evidence and what it revealed.
map of his homes. See the locations of all the homes he
lived in relationship to the "strip" so many women
were missing from.
- The family home where his mother lived until she died of cancer
March 2001. Ridgway lived in this home with his younger brother
Ed and his mother and father who had died 3 years ago. He was
believed to live here when he committed some murders.
It is located in a
neighborhood, not far from the airport "strip" area
in that would become SeaTac. After
his mother's death, Ridgway and his brothers put the family
home up for sale, for $219,000. Ridgway
had complained to a coworker about the fighting among in his
in-laws over his mother's estate.
First Home: . He lived alone in a small rambler on
a cul-de-sac near where Green River victims disappeared from
on the Pacific Highway South strip. This
is where he lived when the Green River Killer was known to be
most active. During
this time Ridgway, then 31, first came to the attention of police
for soliciting prostitutes. This
is where he lived when he met and married his current wife,
Judith. They were anxious
to move because the their address had been published in the
media listing him Ridgway as a person of interest which drew
Shortly after the wedding, they moved away to a house in Kent.
This was the home law enforcement search in 1987. Neighbors
said the Ridgways were plain folks. They got along well, held
garage sales every year, and had a dog and 2 cats.
had a white and brown truck with a camper, where his son slept
Ridgway was described as the neighborhood busybody. He would
organize parties and garage sales.
also the self-appointed neighborhood crime informer, going around
telling neighbors of break-ins or to report prostitutes were
working in their neighborhood. He
seemed obsession with prostitutes turning tricks in cars in
the neighborhood, on the dark and quiet streets. "He'd
go door-to-door and tell neighbors, 'Did you know prostitutes
are having sex in cars on the street and throwing condoms out
the windows?' " said Janine Mattoon, who lived next door.
"He made sure we were aware of that, and I always thought,
'Gosh, this guy is kind of fixated on this.' "
to neighbors, even though he "was basically a nice person
he grated on our nerves and just kind of irritated a lot of
us." It was little things like advertising a "Ten-Family
Garage Sale" when he was the only one selling.
and Judith lived in Kent for 10 years. The home and vehicles
was searched in 1987, by detectives.
Current Residence - In 1997, Ridgway and his wife
moved 10 miles south to their current home in a middle class
neighborhood of Auburn, south of Seattle, WA.
house is on a private, dead-end road. It has 4 bedrooms on nearly
an acre. It cost $181,000 in 1997 and was recently assessed
liked to walk their white poodle around the neighborhood and
have an RV used to take trips, up to 2 weeks in length, as often
to neighbor Sharon Gregurek, when Ridgway first moved in he
cleared too many trees. She felt it created tension. The couples
got beyond that problem and enjoyed an over the fence friendship.
Gregurek has had many conversations with Ridgway over the fence
over a beer. They talked about their yards, fishing, and hunting.
got a mammoth wood pile." Gregurek said. "He's a nice
guy, I didn't notice anything weird. I just saw him out mowing
his lawn, and we'd talk."
Straus, a neighbor, said her dog would wander to the Ridgways,
but they never complained. "They were always very nice
is where he lived at the time of his arrest. His wife, Judith,
was displaced for a week while detectives searched their home
for evidence. It was not clear if she would receive reimbursement
as the other's displaced in the search were. One detective said
those funds may only be availabe to those who were innocent
and no connections of the crimes.
has not spoken to the media. Since she has returned home, there
is a cardboard sign in the window:
not disturb. No comment. No media."