“I had control when I killed the women. I got my rage out for the time. I did cry, yes I did, and that was the good part of me. I cried, but I still killed them and didn’t care anything about them.”
Gary Ridgway was a seemingly mild-mannered, married man whose own wife called him “a dream come true,” and had no idea he was one of the most prolific murderers in American history. Ridgway beat and strangled at least four dozen women during the 1980s and ’90s, often dumping their bodies in or near Washington State’s Green River. DNA evidence eventually led to his arrest and conviction. To avoid the death penalty, he confessed to murdering 48.