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The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer
by Robert Keppel
July 15, 1982: 3 woman's strangled body was filed, caught on the pilings of Washington state's Green River. Before long, the "Green River Killer" would be suspected in at least 49 homicides, with no end in sight. Then authorities received a letter from Bundy -- on death row -- offering to help catch the Green River Killer. But he would only talk to Robert Keppel, the former homicide detective who helped track Bundy's cross-county killing spree.

The Search for the Green River Killer by Carlton Smith, Tomas Guillen
This reckoning of the deaths of almost 50 women in Seattle is distressing not only for the gruesomeness of the crimes but also for reasons probably not intended by Smith and Guillen, who reported on the murders for the Seattle Times.

A woman has come forward saying that Gary Ridgway, picked her up on the street nearly 20 years ago and violently attacked her.


1985, in Portland, a 15-year-old girl gave a sketch of a man she said tried to rape and kill her. Investigators see similarities compared to a 1982, photo of Ridgway. "There was not a suspect determined, and it has some similarities to some of the Green River cases, said Sally Gilpin, Oregon State Patrol.

The victim taken from a section of Portland where prostitutes worked, was taken to the woods and choked.


Ridgway's second wife, Marcia, described strange behavior and unusual sex practices to detectives.

Ridgway was very familiar with many of the dumpsites where these Green River bodies were found. She told police he kept visqueen, rolls of protective plastic covering that comes in rolls, in the bed of his truck. Visqueen was covering one victim's near North Bend, and near the remains of another in Tukwila.

Marcia also claimed that once he came up from behind and choked her.

She and Ridgway had sex numerous times on the banks of the Green River, the same location where 5 Green River victims were found.

Before the couple divorced in 1981, before women began disappearing, He would often be gone during the evenings for long periods of time, returning dirty or wet, claiming his car broke down.

Ridgway's ex-girlfriends or ex-wives took detectives to places where Ridgway took them. He would tie them up to stakes when they had sex outdoors.

Detectives also say Ridgway used to hunt and fish along Star Lake, where another cluster of Green River bodies was discovered.

Christmas Eve, 1981, Ridgway's girlfriend of claimed he blurted out at a restaurant, he had almost killed someone -- he picked up a woman and couldn't believe he almost killed her.


November, 1982, the only living victim, Rebecca Guay, then 19, now 39, slipped away from Ridgway after he choked her, trying to kill her. She is willing to testify against Ridgway.


April 30, 1983, Marie Malvar's boyfriend and pimp, Robert Woods, was watching as Malyar, waiting for a trick, stood at a bus stop near South 216th & Pacific Highway South. He watched as she got into a pickup truck. "It had a primer spot up by the tailgate, up by the back wheel, from what I remember," Woods said. "The way he sped up on her was what caught my eye more than anything." Johns always drove away slow, he said. He pulled up to the truck and saw Marie. He could see they were arguing. "All I seen was a lot of hand movements. Yea, a lot of hand movements. I don't know if she was talking fast, if she was hysterical or what." Woods lost the trail at an intersection.

3 days later, he told Maria's father, Jose Malvar, his daughter was gone. Malvar insisted they look for that pickup truck. After half a day they found it. "And when we went into the cul-de-sac I pointed the truck out," Woods said. The truck was parked in front of Gary Ridgway's home. Jose Malvar and Woods called Des Moines police on May 4, 1983 but Ridgway, denied knowing anything about Marie's disappearance. Woods couldn't say for sure it was Ridgway he had seen. "They said they couldn't do nothing about it," Woods said.

Jose Malvar said, "I was angry, very angry because... what happened to my daughter?" Woods and Jose Malvar wish police had done more 18 years ago, when they led police to Ridgway.

It was Jose Malvar's tip that led detectives to take a saliva sample from Ridgway in 1987.

The tip without evidence wasn't enough to make an arrest, said Sgt. John Urquhart, spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office.

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