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Gary Leon Ridgway The Green River Killer There is not much known about Gary Leon Ridgways past He was born on February 18 1949 to Tom and Mary Ridgeway Gary was the middle child his brother Greg was one year older and his brother Thomas was two years younger They lived in Utah at the time that Gary was born in 1960 the family then moved to McMicken Heights Washington The family lived by a highway They called it the Night of the Living Dead a procession of streetwalkers drug dealers johns and runaways This is where Gary Leon Ridgway grew up and where he always returned Garys father Tom Ridgway was a Metro Transit bus driver His parents and family were generally very reserved people They kept to themselves and did not associate with their neighbors often On one account it was said that Mary Ridgway Garys mother was continually yelling at his father It was also reported that Garys mother once got so angry at his father she broke a dinner plate over her husbands head while he was sitting at the dinner table Ridgways father didnt retaliate he simply got up from the table and left Conspicuously enough was the way that Garys mother dressed She wore tight clothes and excessive makeupShe looked like a prostitute Garys prime suspects in his killings were prostitutes It would be decades later that Ridgway would tell detectives of his real relationship with his mother of his sexual attraction to her of his feelings of lust and humiliation After Gary got married his mother stayed an influence in his life His wives often said that Garys mother was very overbearing and far too controlling His father died in 1998 and his mother died in 2001 Horvitz In the early years of his life Gary never experienced the usual characteristics of a serial killer He was a nice reserved boy who was rather
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