Gary Ridgway, a Seattle-area truck painter, was convicted in 2003 of murdering 48 women, but now the so-called "Green River Killer" says he wants to help investigators find the dozens more he claims to have killed.
Ridgway, now 64, terrorized Washington state in the 1980s and '90s, murdering prostitutes and dumping many of their bodies in or around the 65-mile long Green River. He was arrested in 2001 and, in 2003, struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty. He received 48 back-to-back life sentences after helping investigators locate some of his victims. An additional life sentence was later tacked on when another body was found in 2011.
Now, Ridgway says he wants to help police find about 30 more bodies that he claims to have dumped along the Green River.
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"You can’t go back and change the past; it’s over with," Ridgway told ABC affiliate KOMO Newsradio in a new interview
. "All we can do is try to make it better."
Ridgway says he's now a changed man after finding God and wants the families of his victims to have closure. He's offering to lead investigators to the burial sites of up to 30 more women.
"The total number [of victims] is 75 to 80," Ridgway told KOMO's Charlie Harger.
But some are skeptical of Ridgway's motive.
"Gary Ridgway is absolutely playing me. He's playing everybody when he talks," Harger, a KOMO reporter who conducted the interview, said. "I don't think Gary Ridgway can even comprehend the truth. I think he wants to show the world that, 'Here I am, Gary Ridgway, the truck painter from Kenworth, the guy who everybody thought was slow since elementary school, somebody who couldn't hold a candle to Ted Bundy. But, here I am, and I'm the best at something.'"
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