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Another Green River Killer Victim Identified

She vanished 30 years ago. Now, her disappearance is solved. It turns out she was a victim of the Green River killer.

The young woman’s remains were one of four sets King County detectives had yet to identify. For the last 27 years, she’s been known to detectives simply as “Bones, victim #16.”

Today, she finally has a name. Sandra Denise Major is victim #16 out of 49.

Sandra Denise Major
R.I.P.

Detective Tom Jensen joined the Green River task force in 1984. He remembers Ridgway leading investigators the site of Sandra Major’s remains, along with two others.

“One of the places he took us was to Mountain View Cemetery and he described how he had left these victims there,” he said.

DNA analysis has come a long way in recent years, far enough to create a complete profile of the unidentified victims found at that cemetery, including Major.

In April, Major’s cousin in New York called Det. Jensen after seeing a TV show about the Green River killer. They knew Sandra had moved out to Seattle, and when they learned four women still hadn’t been identified, they feared she was among them.

They were right.

Det. Jensen remembers the phone call.

“They were still kind of in shock but prepared for the answer. I think there was just relief,” he said.

Relief and a reminder that despite Ridgeway’s life sentence, this case is far from closed.

“One down, three to go. Not done yet,” said Jensen.

Despite advancements in DNA, it may still not be enough. Jensen says the ultimate result will likely come the old fashioned way.

“I suspect if we do get an identification it’ll be because a family member contacts us,” he said.

Major’s family released a statement thanking detectives for their hard work, and saying they are “grateful to finally know what happened to Sandra after all these years.”

Full Story Here

POLL: Would You Take a Green River Killer Sightseeing Tour?

Plans for a local Gary Ridgway sightseeing tour are causing a stir in Pierce and King Counties. Would you pay to visit landmarks left by a serial killer, or is the idea disrespectful and inappropriate?

The most prolific serial killer in United States history has been convicted of 48 separate murders in Pierce and King Counties, and has confessed to nearly double that number since he was arrested in Renton in 2001.

Fascination with Ridgway’s story has led to many bestselling books, a Lifetime Original Movie and even inspired some band names and song mentions.

Now, a local man wants to take dark fascination with the crimes a bit deeper and start a local sightseeing tour that follows Ridgway’s gruesome landmarks, according to KOMO News. He hopes tourists will pay money to visit body dump sites along the Green River and places Ridgway frequented when he picked up his victims.

The entreprenuer and stay-at-home dad sees the tour as filling a gap in local history. Besides, murder tours are not unheard of across the United States. However, members of the community have voiced opposition to the venture. Throughout the KOMO article’s 80 comments, readers have said they believe the idea is disrespectful to victim families and a tribute to “capitalism at it’s finest.”

According to KOMO, the man plans to sell tour tickets at $45 a pop starting in July, with some of the proceeds going to charity.

Take (their) our poll now.

 

I have to wonder how much is going to charity and what charity? I think that would make a difference to many people.

News and Updates

Gary Ridgway did plea guilty as expected to the murder of  20-year-old Rebecca Marrero in 1982.

The convicted killer started to apologize in court on Friday for Marrero’s murder, but was cut off when an unidentified man sitting with the victim’s family began shouting obscenities at him.

The victim’s sister, Mary Marrero, her 79-year-old mother standing shakily at her side, told King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts that her family has been devastated by the murder and wished that Ridgway faced the death penalty.

“The day she came up missing I wanted to kill myself,” Mary Marrero said, her voice breaking. “I still feel that today … There is so much anger. What does it take to get the death penalty in the state of Washington? I do not agree with this plea deal.”

“If I had one thing to ask today, it would be to kill him,” she said.

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Herbert Mullin was (surprise) denied parole again.

A former Felton man convicted of murdering 10 people, including a 4-year-old child, an elderly man and a priest, was denied parole Thursday during a hearing at Mule Creek State Prison, the District Attorney’s Office reported Friday.

Serial killer Herbert Mullin, 63, murdered 13 people in roughly a four month period in 1972 and 1973.

He was convicted in 1973 of 10 killings in Santa Cruz County. He was also convicted of killing a priest in Los Gatos in the confessional booth and admitted to two additional slayings for which he was never charged.

The killing spree was one of three in Santa Cruz County in the 1970s, earning the county the dark sobriquet of being the murder capitol of the world.

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Milwaukee accused serial killer Walter Ellis pleaded no contest to the charges against him.

A Milwaukee man accused of killing seven women over 21 years pleaded no contest to all charges against him Friday.

Fifty-year-old Walter Ellis pleaded no contest to five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree murder.

The women were killed between 1986 and 2007.

Ellis, who was convicted by Judge Dennis Cimpl, is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

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Craig Price will not be allowed to take a trip from Florida to Rhode Island to argue his appeal. His violent behavior in prison and the cost were both listed as reasons. I hope they never let him out. This is one scary guy.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Craig Price, the state’s youngest serial killer, who terrified Rhode Islanders in the 1980s, will not return from prison in Florida to argue his appeal before the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that it would decide Price’s appeal based on written arguments unless Price requests within 30 days that a court appoint a lawyer to argue orally on his behalf. The court directed that Price or his standby lawyer could file such a request on his behalf.

In ruling, the court said it was mindful of the cost of transporting Price from prison in Florida and his recent admission to assaulting a correctional office there.

Price was 15 in 1989 when he confessed to brutally stabbing and bludgeoning Joan Heaton and her daughters, Melissa and Jennifer, after slipping in through their window at night. Price also admitted to the unsolved murder of another Buttonwoods neighbor, Rebecca Spencer, two years earlier.

Price refused to take a psychiatric exam until 1994. Then, after he took the test, the court concluded that Price had not been truthful with the psychiatrist and, therefore, had “not cooperated with the examination, even though he had participated.”

The attorney general initiated a criminal-contempt charge against Price for refusing to participate in the psychiatric program. A jury convicted him after a trial in 1997, and Judge Albert E. DeRobbio Sr. sentenced Price to 25 years in prison, 10 years to serve and 15 suspended.

The state Supreme Court in 2003 affirmed Price’s criminal-contempt conviction. But the court left open the opportunity for him to petition to reduce his 25-year sentence.

Price is seeking relief from the contempt sentence, arguing it was excessive and unconstitutional. The attorney general’s office counters that the sentence is proportionate with the years-long contempt Price showed for the court order regarding treatment.

Source and a link to the Court Documents here.

Also, America’s Most Wanted has updated 2 serial killer cases on their site.

Daytona Beach Serial Killer

Interstate 65 Serial Killer

You can see the full Serial Killer Episode by clicking on the link on my video page.

It’s about time

I just posted about Gary Ridgway being charged with an additional murder. He is expected to enter a guilty plea for the murder of Rebecca Marrero, a 20-year-old mother of a 3-year-old daughter. This murder happened 28 years ago.

But Ridgway is not the only serial killer whose past is running up behind him and biting him on the butt.

Rodney Alcala is going to be going back to New York to be tried for the murders of Cornelia Crilley, a 23-year-old flight attendant who was raped and strangled in her Manhattan apartment in 1971 and Ellen Hover, 23, the daughter of a Hollywood nightclub owner who was found slain in 1977 not far from her family’s estate in Westchester County. (Source)

Gary Hilton is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and theft charges.  Jury selection is under way for Hilton’s murder trial in the 2007 death of 46-year-old Cheryl Dunlap, who was a nurse at Florida State University. Cheryl disappeared Dec. 1, 2007. Hunters found her decapitated body two weeks later in the Apalachicola National Forest, southwest of Tallahassee. (Source)

Chester Turner has also been charged with 4 more murders. The newest charges are for the murders of: Cynthia Annette Johnson, 30; Elandra Bunn, 33; Mary Edwards, 41; and Debra Williams, 32. ( Source)

Peter Tobin (imo: aka Bible John) is facing more charges. Several women have come forward to say that he raped them. Law Enforcement is also still investigating and connecting him to more murders. These crimes go back to the late 1960’s. (Source)

The murders tied to Lonnie David Franklin Jr aka The Grim Sleeper, continue to grow as police investigate at least two more possible victims. (Source) There maybe more still to come if the photos are any indication of what he did.

I am glad that these killers are having to answer for their crimes. Even f they are already in prison, they should not be allowed to hold these ‘secrets’. The people who they killed should not be the killer’s personal fantasy, some sick secret they can take to their graves. The people that loved and cared about these people should be allowed to have some type of closure.

I know that if someone I loved went missing I would want to know what happened to them. I can not imagine the pain and fear that come with a missing loved one, it would be made all the worse by the hope that not knowing could bring.

I also would want a face to hate. It has to be better to know what (kind of) happened then to be left in the dark. I would want a face to throw things at if something happened to my loved ones.

These ‘people’ (for lack of a better word for the killers) need to be held accountable and the loved ones have a right to know.

Law enforcement needs to stay on top of so-called cold cases. DNA has done much for this field of investigation. I can only hope that there are more leaps and bounds to come.

It looks as if there will be. Cold cases are being re-examined all the time and there seems to be a moderate amount of success.

Gary Ridgway charged

I know that I mentioned that Rebecca Marrero’s remains had been found by some kids playing. It has long been believed that Ridgway was resonsible for the murder of the 20-year old mother of a then 3 year old girl.

He is expected to enter a guilty plea on February 18, his birthday. I think it is too bad that he gets to see his 62nd birthday.

This will be the 49th(!) murder charge for the man also known as the Green River Killer. It has taken 28 years to charge him with this killing. Since he has a plea agreement he can not face the death penalty.

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Another Possible Green River Victim Found

Rebecca Marrero

SEATTLE –
Gene Johnson Associated Press

Children playing in a ravine south of Seattle this week found the skull of a young mother who vanished nearly three decades ago and has long been thought to be a victim of Green River serial killer Gary Ridgway.

The King County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that dental records identified the remains as those of 20-year-old Rebecca “Becky” Marrero, who was last seen Dec. 3, 1982, as she left a motel room on Pacific Highway South.

Ridgway, a commercial truck painter, is one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers, having confessed to 48 murders and been suspected in dozens of others. He preyed upon women and girls at the margins of society – runaways, prostitutes and drug addicts strangled in a spree that terrorized Seattle and its south suburbs in the 1980s. Several victims were dumped in or posed along the Green River.

He was arrested in 2001 after advances in DNA technology enabled authorities to link a saliva sample he gave authorities in 1987 to some of the bodies. He pleaded guilty two years later, agreeing to help authorities locate as many remains as possible in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, and is now serving life without release.

Marrero, who had a 3-year-old daughter, was believed to be one of Ridgway’s early victims, but he was not charged in her case because her body wasn’t found and because Ridgway couldn’t provide investigators with enough information about her to prove he killed her.

Marrero’s skull was found Tuesday by children playing in a ravine in Auburn, about 25 miles south of Seattle. It was the same area where the remains of another Ridgway victim, Marie Malvar, were found in September 2003.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the King County prosecutor’s office planned to charge Ridgway with Marrero’s death.

“With the discovery of Ms. Marrero’s remains, detectives and prosecutors will now review the investigation into her disappearance and death,” the office said in a written statement. “Investigators will examine all aspects of the case including any potential involvement of Ridgway.”

One of Ridgway’s attorneys, Mark Prothero, was out of the office and could not immediately be reached for comment.

He couldn’t remember the details of where he left her? Even though he had left another girl there at a later time?
I call B.S.!
He did not want her found. He liked her being there, unknown, his little secret.
Or, if he really could not remember he cared that little and that is even more disturbing.

Maybe now they will seek death penalty. Another victim means another possible trial and I hope that means the prosecutor does not have to stick to the original deal.

I mean really. Is anyone really delusional enough to think that Gary Ridgway is ‘fixable’? That he can become a part of society again? That one day he might not be a threat? That he can contribute and not just be a leech?

I hope not!

Rebecca’s daughter should be in her early 30’s now. She lived almost her whole life without her mom because of him.






Woman describes close call with Green River Killer

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