How Ted Bundy Played A Role In The Green River Killer Case

With no promising leads, Dave Reichert and Robert Keppel flew to Florida to visit Ted Bundy. Being a serial killer himself, Bundy was able to offer insights from his experience that may help capture the Riverman, the term he used for the Green River Killer. In one interview, as reported by ATI, Bundy suggested setting up surveillance near the area where the bodies were found as the killer, just like he did, may go back to his dumping sites to perform necrophilia, which later turned out to be true. Furthermore, Bundy’s unfiltered answers to the detectives’ questions provided a look into the Green River Killer’s thoughts. However, Ted Bundy was executed via the electric chair in 1989, and the Green River Killer remained at large.

The Green River Killer was eventually caught in 2001. Gary Ridgway’s DNA evidence was found in four crime scenes and upon analysis, it was discovered to be a perfect match to his hair sample acquired from a previous arrest. Ridgway was charged with 48 murders, but he confessed to killing as many as 90 women (via Crime Museum). He is currently serving 48 consecutive life sentences at the Washington State Penitentiary with no chance of parole.

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