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Between 1982 and 1984, forty-nine women in the Seattle area were murdered. Despite an exhaustive search and investigation, the sadistic killer eluded authorities for the next two decades. Even to this day, bodies are still surfacing that are believed to be linked to America's most brutal serial killer case. But then in 2002, King County police ...
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Overview

The complete story, updated with new information on the apprehended suspect and his conviction.

Between 1982 and 1984, forty-nine women in the Seattle area were murdered. Despite an exhaustive search and investigation, the sadistic killer eluded authorities for the next two decades. Even to this day, bodies are still surfacing that are believed to be linked to America's most brutal serial killer case. But then in 2002, King County police arrested Gary Ridgway, a 53-year-old truck painter-and longtime suspect in the case-and charged him with the crimes. In November 2003, Ridgway admitted to the murders, finally ending the search for the notorious Green River Killer.

Now with startling new revelations, Carlton Smith and Tomas Guillen, two journalists who have exhaustively followed the murders from day one, offer the most authoritative insight into the history of-and the controversial developments around-the crimes that have held a nation spellbound for more than two decades.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This reckoning of the deaths of almost 50 women in Seattle is distressing not only for the gruesomeness of the crimes but also for reasons probably not intended by Smith and Guillen, who reported on the murders for the Seattle Times. The descriptions of decomposed corpses are nauseating, and the blundering and so far unsuccessful police attempts to find the murderer are irksome. Readers are likely to be equally angered by accounts of how the media hampered the investigation by meddling in it and exploiting it, and by a nagging sense that this book is just one more example of that exploitation. Unable to secure the cooperation of two primary police investigators (who wouldn't comment because the cases are still open), the authors rely on sources as diverse as an FBI agent, a psychic who is investigating the cases on her own and a former suspect with a demonstrated ability for manipulating the media. Moreover, the book offers abundant chaff with the wheat as when, for example, it discusses unrelated murders committed in Canada and Hawaii. Maps. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This is the first book about the investigation--so far unsuccessful--of the worst case of serial murder in American history. Beginning in 1982 with the discovery of the first victims in the Green River near Seattle, at last count 49 young women--almost all prostitutes or teenage runaways--have been murdered. Despite a massive effort, police have uncovered no good suspects, due in large measure to the victims' soliciting behavior. The killer may have stopped for whatever reason or possibly moved--similar serial murders have occurred in Portland, Oregon, and San Diego. The authors are Seattle journalists in command of their material, and the result is a cut above the typical mass market paperback original. Recommended for true crime collections.-- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451212382
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 1.53 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2004

    If you find this read to be anyless than in-depth and insightful...

    If you found this read any less than in-depth and insightfl then you are unable to understand the diction involved! This book goes into the physche, mind and frustrations that each detective and chief had to struggle through into trying to find this menacing serial killer. It is a step by step account of the the time, effort, and compassion that each investigator put into trying to solve this ellusive killers identity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

    Follows Police activities closely

    This book was a good read, but mainly follows the police activities during the Green River murders. This is understandable because the murders were not solved prior to it's original publishing. It does include updates after the killer was caught, which are very nice. Overall, it's a very comprehensive collection of events and details from the perspective of the police.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    Factoids a little off

    I read this book before they actually found out who the Green River Killer was. This book is quite gory in its details, and it doesn't spare the families of victims any respect. I was quite disappointed in it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Comprehensive, informative, chilly!

    I've literally read dozens of true-crime books and this is one of the best written. Without going into how great it was, let me just tell you about something that had me thinking especially in view of what happened many years later when Ridgway was finally caught. At one point in the book, the author (almost as in passing) mentions someone the police suspect. His name is not mentioned (in keeping with police procedure not to mention current suspects by name) but his occupation is: a truck painter. This little piece of information itself takes up probably a sentence in length. He's never mentioned again. But it kept nagging and nagging away at me. I'm sure the author thought nothing of it. I'm sure he wasn't aware of the significance of this suspect. Then, at least a year later I read on the internet that Ridgway had been arrested as being the Green River killer. At which point, I only had one Question: what was his occupation? Could this have been the suspect that the authors so nonchalantly mentioned back when the book was written? And, guess what?, he was a truck painter!! And the rest is history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    bad writing

    I was more than disappointed to realize that the reason the author's name looked familiar is because I read another one of his books that was also written poorly. This book does not at all do the victims justice, and Gary Ridgway has since confessed. The best part of the book to me was reading about the number of times police came in contact with the killer and how he kept on killing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2002

    They needed to check their facts first

    Everything written about my family in the book was either untrue or distorted.They also seemed to enjoy dragging out the 'gory' details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2001

    The green river killer ...Is one of the best books I have read

    I have only been able to read one book twice , and this book is the one . I read it the first time in 2 days , I couldn't put it down . It is a page turner and has everything a good book needs ! I higly recommend this book , you won't be disapointed .

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