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Green River, running red : the real story of the Green River killer-- America's deadliest serial murderer

by Rule, Ann.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 364.1523 RU
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  364.1523 RU
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HV6533.W2 R85 2005bx
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HV6533.W2 R85 2005bx
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HV6533.W2 R85 2005bx
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HV6533.W2 R85 2005bx
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Non Fiction 364.15 Rul
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  364.15 Rul
Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 364.15 Rule
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  364.15 Rule
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Non-Fiction 364.15 RUL
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  364.15 RUL
For twenty-one years, Gary Ridgway carried out his self-described 'career' as a killing machine, ridding the world of women he considered evil. The world's most prolific serial killer's 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.

Happily married, Ridgway worked for the same company for thirty years, eventually emerging as the prime suspect among 40,000 scrutinized by the Green River Task Force. Still, there was no physical evidence linking him to the murders, until 2001 when King County Sheriff Dave Reichert utilized a new DNA process on a saliva sample he had saved since 1987 with stunning results. Ann Rule has followed the case since the first body was found in July 1982. She has compiled voluminous files and gained unparalleled access to all the key players - from Reichert, who has stated that 'there's only one writer who can do this story justice - and that's Ann Rule', to those close to Ridgway and his victims.

GREEN RIVER, RUNNING RED is a harrowing look at a modern monster - a killer who walked among us, undetected. It is also the story of his quarry, who they were - and who they might have become. Two decades in the making, this is the most important and most personal book of Ann Rule's long career.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When best-selling true-crime author Rule began tracking a series of murders taking place, by morbid coincidence, in her own southwest Seattle neighborhood, she said she caught herself referring to the female victims as numbers, based on the sequence of their disappearances. I was horrified when that dawned on me, she admitted. I never wanted to do that again. And so in detailing the grim story of Seattle's Green River killings--from the discovery of the body of Wendy Lee Coffield in July 1982 to the sentencing of truck painter Gary Ridgway last November on 48 counts of murder--Rule devotes most of her book neither to Ridgway nor to the noble efforts of law-enforcement officials to catch him, but focuses, instead, on the victims themselves. These women, most of them prostitutes, were victims even before their deaths--of disconnected home lives, of misplaced trust in boyfriends (who often pimped them on Seattle's notorious Pac HiWay), of their own need to rebel against their pain. Interweaving her individual profiles of the murdered women with the story of Ridgway and the officials who caught him (presciently swabbing his mouth years before DNA testing would finally give him away), Rule gives full, heartbreaking emotional weight to what America's most notorious serial killer truly wrought. A must for the author's legions of fans. --Alan Moores Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Following the winter 2003 sentencing of the Green River serial killer, Gary Ridgeway, perennial true-crime bestseller Rule (Heart Full of Lies, etc.) has finally completed her long-awaited definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades. Rule once again validates her standing as one of the pre-eminent chroniclers of modern serial murder, calling upon her experience as a former police officer and a civilian adviser to the VICAP Task Force to present a nuanced and easily comprehensible account of the hunt for the man responsible for at least 48 killings. She succeeds on a number of levels; perhaps her greatest achievement is bringing Ridgeway's victims to life as distinct individuals, most of whom led lives of quiet desperation that brought them to prostitution and, eventually, to death at his hands. Rule also captures the profound sadness pervading this grim chapter in U.S. crime history by humanizing the grieving relatives, as well as the dedicated investigators who, tragically, had interviewed Ridgeway several times and then moved on to other suspects. Her eventual realization that the murderer had attended some of her lectures and book signings will give readers the creeps. This account is a good counterpoint to Sheriff David Reichert's recent insider account, Chasing the Devil, and should expand Rule's already large readership. (Oct. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Pocket Star Books true crime.
Subjects Ridgway, Gary Leon, -- 1949-
Serial murders -- Washington (State) -- Green River Region (King County) -- Case studies.
Serial murderers -- Washington (State) -- Green River Region (King County) -- Biography.
Rapists -- Washington (State) -- Green River Region (King County) -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Pocket Star Books,2005
Edition Pocket Star Books premium ed.
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: New York : Free Press, 2004.
Description xxxi, 665 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
ISBN 9780743460507 (pbk.)
0743460502 (pbk.)
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