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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.

Rebecca Garday Guay, 19 - The Only Living Victim -"I am a survivor." Now 39, Guay is the one who slipped away. "He said he wasn't the Green River murderer, he said he wasn't when I asked him."

"He was a horrible monster, a demon trying to attack me. He had it all planned, I know he had it all planned. This is what he liked to do."

She was still a teen-ager. In 1982, on a cold November night, Ridgway driving a 1980 burgundy pickup truck, picked her up on Pacific Highway South, showed her his ID, and agreed to a $20 "date."

They talked about the problems he was having with his wife, and he told her about his job at the Kenworth.

They drove to a dark spot in the woods close to a mobile home park. Ridgway "refused to do anything in the car. He wanted to do everything outside.

He smothered my face in the ground. He probably got some of my hair." He tried to strangle her.

She tried to talk to him. "Why do you want to kill me? Why do you want to take me from my family?" I had to use all the strength I could. He's very strong.

He had me on the ground he was on top of me. We were rolling around on the ground. I picked up my purse and I ran as fast as I could and I had to go get help."

She managed to flip him over ran to a nearby mobile home for help. The residents of the mobile home calmed her down and gave her a ride home.

"I was very scared and I don't know how I got the strength. I think it was the spirit of my father. Maybe it was just fear. I think it was pure luck," she says, "pure miracle." "I was very fortunate."

2 years passed before she told anyone. She waited until 1984 to go to the police because she didn't think anyone would believe her. "I got some guts. I picked him out of a lineup. (The police) needed my information." Ridgway twice admitted to police he choked her but claimed she had bitten him first. He was not arrested. Ralf McAllister, the detective she originally worked with, died.

"This stuff has affected me so bad that it was hard for me to sleep at night. I had a fear of men for a long time. I was scared to death that someone was going to look for me and try to kill me."

She is willing to testify against Ridgway. Quays name is mentioned in search warrants connected to Ridgway's arrest.

She doesn't walk the strip anymore, she is caring for her infant son.

Rebecca is ashamed of the life she lead in 1982. Until the Ridgway arrest, not even her mother knew she had worked as a prostitute.

Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006

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