Pacific Northwest, so much to answer for
Marie M. Malvar, 18, was picked up by Gary Ridgway on April 30, 1983 near a store of Pacific Highway South in Seattle. Her boyfriend tried to keep track of the vehicle but lost it in traffic. When Marie did not return home, her boyfriend managed to track down Ridgway's distinctive truck and, along with Malvar's father, brought the police to the front door of one of the worst serial killers of women in US history- near the beginning of his murder spree.
The police did not find Malvar's dad or her boyfriend believable - even though it was well known that a killer was picking up prostitutes in the Sea-Tac area of Seattle and killing them. (This is why Malvar's bf tried to follow Ridgway's truck-those engaged in these transactions were also aware that a killer was afoot. People were trying to keep track of the licenses of johns.)
Marie Malvar's partial remains were found in 2003 west of Auburn- with the help of Gary Ridgway who had pled guilty to her murder .
Ridgway of Seattle, Washington was apprehended as being the Green River Killer in November 2001 using a DNA sample in police possession since 1987. He pled guilty to the murders of 49 women to avoid the death penalty. He has admitted to killing at least 71. He is serving LWOP in Walla Walla state prison. Ridgway had been killing women since at least 1980.
The total number of his victims remains unknown and many woman remain unaccounted for but are believed to have been killed by him. As a condition of his plea deal, he is required to help find the remains of his still missing victims but he has not participated in such since right after his conviction. Police had his biological evidence since 1987 and were led directly to him in 1983 but failed to apprehend and stop him, allowing his murder spree to extend through 2 decades- if not longer. He has referred to raping and killing women as his "career".
Ridgway is 72. At the beginning of the Covid scamdemic, there was an effort to have senior inmates in Washington state, like Ridgway, released because they were statistically more at risk to illness due to their ages and their close confinement.
Gary Ridgway confessed to the more serial murders of women than any other serial killer in the history of our country. He raped and strangled to death some near children- runaway teens. He went back to where he dumped bodies and violated the corpses. And the hearts of some elected officials in Washington bled over the thought that he might catch a cold and die.
Imagine hearing that and being the mother, father, sister, brother, or child of one of the 71 women Ridgway murdered and dumped in the Green River or discarded like trash in the woods? Imagine knowing your daughter or sister or mother would still be alive and not a grim statistic if the police had believed Marie Malvar's boyfriend and father nearly 20 years before the killing finally stopped ?
"I don't know how to describe the pain. It's inside. There's no words for it. I have gone on with my life in the last 20 years and feel that I have become probably a fairly confident and articulate person, and find that it all fails me at this moment.
"I want to go back to Nov. 5, in fact probably a little shortly before that, when I heard about this [Ridgway's plea deal, sparing him the death sentence] and I became very angry. I haven't known that kind of anger in my life before. I didn't know how to deal with it. Since that time, I've been able to process what all this anger is, and besides it being the obvious, the person who sold his soul for his deviancy, there is a secondary fallout that has affected our lives and caused great pain. I believe we've been sold by the prosecutor for not giving us the justice that we could expect. I believe also that he made the deal because of so many that were unknown. I have a very unpopular opinion. Sometimes unpopular opinions are the truth. I believe had the investigations gone right in the last 20 years, many of us would not be in this court today. I believe we still are victimized by some politically ambitious careers. The self-proclaimed heroes have put the victims and their families on a shelf. At our expense, they come forward." - Helen Naon Dexter, mother of victim Constance Naon, Victim impact statement at sentencing trial of Gary Ridgway.