"When I talked
to Ted Bundy," Keppel said, "he cautioned me that you
should not think for a minute that a killer wouldn't drive 300
miles in a day to kill someone, said Robert Keppel, former King
County detective and consultant to the original Green River task
Long after 1984, women
were disappearing. King County Sheriff's Office is looking at
cases of other women who disappeared or were found dead in King,
Pierce and Snohomish counties of WA since 1985, said John
Urquhart, a sheriff's spokesman. "It's not that we weren't still
finding bodies, but they didn't have enough of the characteristics
to be put on the list."
151 cases statewide
share at least one factor with the Green River killings from body
locations to lifestyle according to Homicide
Information Tips Systems.
HITS claims 68 of those
unsolved cases are in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. They
started in 1985, 1 year after Green River Killings "officially"
ended and continued up to Dec. 31, 2000, when Anitra
Mulwee disappeared from a downtown Seattle New Year's Eve
Bob Gebo, former task
force member, now on the HITS team feels there were killings after
1984 by the Green River killer. " I don't think he changed
the target population, but I think he changed things enough so
we weren't smart enough to see it."
"Going to Portland
is nothing. Going to Vancouver is
nothing. Going to Spokane is nothing." Keppel
cautioned against thinking of the Green River killings as only
49 slain or missing women. "Those
49 are news media victims," he said. "They are what the news media
put together. The police have a different set of numbers." If
only 49 women were killed, that means the slayings stopped, which
may be unlikely. "The likelihood of stopping is real small," Keppel
said. "Every serial killer we know of in history has continued
until he is stopped."
There is interest in
a series of 40 murders of prostitutes in the San
Diego, CA area from 1985 through 1991. Police there say Ridgway's
son was living in the area at the time.
Portland OR and British
Columbia authorities also have cases they think could involve
of key dates in the life of Gary Ridgway, with a map of his
homes since childhood.