Green River, Running Red

Green River, Running Red

The Real Story of the Green River Killer, America's Deadliest Serial Murderer

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Traces the serial murders of the notorious Green River Killer, profiling Gary Ridgway as a happily married man who worked for the same company for thirty years, the case's approximate 40,000 suspects, the killer's disturbing capacity for luring and hiding his victims, and the DNA breakthroughs that established his link to the killings. 250,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
In the most extraordinary book Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than forty-nine young women. The quest to discover the most prolific serial killer in American history has been an intimate part of Ann Rule's life, with some of the corpses found only a mile or so from where she lived and raised her own daughters. She did not know the killer, but he apparently knew her and attended many of her book signings.
For twenty-one years, the killer carried out his self-described "career" as a killing machine, ridding the world of women he considered evil. His eerie ability to lure his victims to their deaths and hide their bodies made him far more dangerous than any infamous multiple murderer in the annals of crime.
A few men -- including a law student, a truck painter, and a taxi driver -- eventually emerged as the prime suspects among an unprecedented forty thousand scrutinized by the Green River Task Force. Still, there was no physical evidence linking any of them to the murders until 2001, when investigators used a new DNA process on a saliva sample they had preserved since 1987, with stunning results.
Ann Rule has followed the case since July 1982, when the first body -- that of teenager Wendy Lee Coffield -- was found in the Green River, snagged on pilings under a bridge. Rule has compiled voluminous files, working through an incredible 95,000 pages of official police records, transcripts, photographs, and maps, winnowing out the chaff and identifying what is truly important. Over the years, she gained unparalleled access to all the key players -- from King County Sheriff Dave Reichert to those close to the killer and his victims.
When finally apprehended and convicted, the killer made a detailed confession -- of his twisted sexual obsessions -- that will shock even the most jaded reader. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young girls were, and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal book of Ann Rule's long career.

Publisher: New York : Free Press
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780743276412
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Ann Rule brings her insight into another serial killer, someone who had even attended her book signings and lived about a mile from her in Washington state. Also available in eBook and Audiobook.


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stewstealth
Nov 10, 2014

Definitely not salacious. The narrative is a bit stunted in the beginning as the author quite rightly wishes to give the victims a voice. An interesting look at how difficult the investigations into serial killers can be. Worth reading if interested in the subject.

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wilqser
Jun 04, 2014

True Crime novel about the grisly murders of young women(some prostitutes) in the Seattle area during the early 1980's. Ann Rule writes a chronological novel that takes into the live these young women and the method the killer uses to take advantage and kill them - both guesome and heartwrenching - as well as the methods used by the investigators (task force) to try and nab the suspect. Possibly over 70 women killed ; a real tragedy. Probably wouldn't read another one like this ( I saw a list that said it was a good thriller) so I decided to take a chance and read it - not for the squeamish.

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babyboy04
May 30, 2014

Sad that so many woman had to died but he was catch in the end

tuddie May 22, 2014

long and drawn out. way to wordy & boring.

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Kikko1776
Jun 04, 2011

Borrowed this book from a friend 2 yrs ago, it was awesome that justice was served! It saddened me what happened to the victims, my heart goes out to them and their families.

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BrittanyR
Jun 02, 2010

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