•Ridgway was born on Feb. 18, 1949in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Mary RitaSteinman and Thomas NewtonRidgway. He has two brothers,Gregory Leon and Thomas Edward.• Ridgways home life was somewhattroubled his mother was domineeringand he witnessed multiple violentarguments.• He had a problem of wetting the bed,his mom would bathe himimmediately and embarrass him andbelittle him in front of his family
• From a young age, Ridgway had conflicting feelings of sexual attraction and anger toward her.• He was considered to have low intelligence, and he did poorly in school.• in his teenage years he led a 6 year old boy into the woods and stabbed him, the boy survived the attack. The victim reported he walked away laughing and heard him say “ I always wondered what it would be like to kill someone”
• Graduated from high school Married Claudia Barrows• He then joined the navy , he spent a lot of time with prostitutes andcontracted a STD he continued with the prostitutes anyway. Hismarriage with Claudia ended with in a year• His first two marriages resulted in divorce because ofinfidelities by both partners. His second wife, Marcia Winslow,claimed that he had placed her in a chokehold.• Ridgway had become religious during his second marriagebut he continued to solicit the services of prostitutes during thismarriage; he also wanted Marcia to participate in sex in publicand inappropriate places, sometimes even in areas where hisvictims bodies were later discovered.
• According to women in his life, Ridgway had an insatiable sexual appetite, himself admitted to having a fixation with prostitutes.• It has been speculated that Ridgway was torn between his uncontrollable lusts and his religious beliefs.• In 1975, his second wife gave birth to Ridgways son, Matthew.• he married a third time to Judith Mawson 1988
childhood difficulties emotionally/ sexually torn about mother
He got their trust and had sexual intercourse with them then he would proceed to strangle them he would dump the bodies in clusters around the Green River, also in other places to decieve law enforcement he would often return to the bodeis and have sex with them again (necrophilia)
he did well hiding evidence, he put evidence leading to other people at the crime scenes and transported bodies across state lines to confuse police Ridgway was arrested in 1982 for prostitution related charges he became a suspect in 1983, passed a polygraph test, DNA samples were taken which would then lead to him getting caught because of him having Intercourse with the victims
48 charges of first degree murder 48 life sentences with no possibility of parole and one life sentence, to be served consecutively. He was also sentenced to an additional 10 years for tampering with evidence for each of the 48 victims, adding 480 years to his 48 life sentences.
Live the everyday life anyone else would hold a job like anyone else would sometimes married and have children
Organized crime scenes Disorganized crime scenes1. Planned offense 1. Body left at death scene2. Transports body 2. Spontaneous offense3. Body hidden 3. Evidence or weapon present4. Controlled conversation at scene5. Demands submissive victim 4. Victim or location known6. Missing weapon or evidence5. Body left in view7. Victim is a targeted stranger 6. Depersonalizes victim8. Personalizes victim 7. Sexual acts after death9. Crime scene reflects control 8. Minimal conversation10. Restraints used 9. Minimal use of restraints11. Aggressive acts done 10. Crime scene sloppybefore death 11. Sudden violence to victim
Mixed Crime Scene AtypicalShow characteristics Scenes that cant beof organized classified with the dataAnd disorganized that is available. Policecrime scenes. Indicates may need to look intopossible two offenders to data bases toor the offender compare previouspossibly staged the scenesscene.