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The Search for the Green River Killer

The True Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
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In the 1980s and 1990s, 49 women in the Seattle area were brutally murdered, their bodies dumped along the Green River and Pacific Highway South in Washington State. Despite an exhaustive investigation - even serial killer Ted Bundy was consulted to assist with psychological profiling - the sadistic killer continued to elude authorities for nearly 20 years.  

Then, in 2001, after mounting suspicion and with DNA evidence finally in hand, King County police charged a 52-year-old truck painter, Gary Ridgway, with the murders. His confession and the horrific details of his crimes only added fuel to the notoriety of the Green River Killer.   

Journalists Carlton Smith and Tomas Guillen covered the murders for the Seattle Times from day one, receiving a Pulitzer Prize nomination for their work. They wrote the first edition of this book before the police had their man. Revised after Ridgway's conviction, The Search for the Green River Killer is the ultimate authoritative account of the Pacific Northwest killing spree that held a nation spellbound - and continues to horrify and fascinate, spawning dramatizations and documentaries of a demented killer who seemed unstoppable for decades.

©1991 Carlton Smith and Tomas Guillen (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Len
  • 01-06-2019

Not nearly as good as the Anne Rule book

Concentrates far too much on the infighting between the relevant law enforcement agencies, does not go into any of the FBI profiling involvement, in my opinion this book is incredibly boring, does not mention anything about Ridgway's family, a very strange book that left me totally unsatisfied in every way. Nothing new is told, just stuff that was available on any website, the writers obviously didnt get any inside info from anyone involved in the investigation. Waste of my time to listen to it.

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  • Lee Easton
  • 22-05-2019

Ridgeway....

If you into finding out how the case was handled read this book. Amazing. Well wrote. Narrator was good as well. quite grafic so if you dont like that stuff, probz not for you.

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  • Victoria W.
  • 14-07-2019

Great read

Very little background on the killer himself but an interesting account of the police investigation and how it progressed.

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  • David
  • 13-06-2019

Thorough

Very thorough, makes you realise how hard it can be to catch people like this, seems like Ridgway stumbled across the perfect environment to get away with murder. Would have been great having more info on Ridgway at the end but I guess that capture was a different era and a different book all together!