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In her most personal and provocative book to date, the #1 bestselling master of true crime presents "her long-awaited definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades" (Publishers Weekly). This is the extraordinary true story of the most prolific serial killer the nation had ever seen -- a case involving more than forty-nineIn her most personal and provocative book to date, the #1 bestselling master of true crime presents "her long-awaited definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades" (Publishers Weekly). This is the extraordinary true story of the most prolific serial killer the nation had ever seen -- a case involving more than forty-nine female victims, two decades of intense investigative work...and one unrelenting killer who not only attended Ann Rule's book signings but lived less than a mile away from her home....

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Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer - America's Deadliest Serial Murderer Reviews

  • Ana
    2019-06-17 04:13

    This book should have been called 'Don't ever get into a car with a stranger.'There's no nice way to say this- people are fascinated with murder. We like to watch scary movies, play violent video games, read weird books. Rock music is ruining our planet. Watching violent movies will turn you into a psychopath.Oh look at me, challenging my inner Tipper Gore. Be gone, Tipper!People fly off the handle over the silliest things. See what I mean. Alright, back to the matter at hand. Heralded as the queen of true crime, Ann Rule wrote about Ted Bundy, Gary Gilmore and Gary Ridgway. Gary a.k.a. The Green River Killer, is the subject of this book. Shit... I can't even... This man commited a genocide. He was convicted of murdering 49 women, but the actual number may be closer to 100. Craziest thing of all- it took them over 20 years to catch him. This dude has an IQ of 82, yet he has somehow managed to kill women over a twenty-year period. To be fair, DNA technology wasn't as advanced as it is now. But still. Who was in charge, Commandant Lassard? #sorrynotsorryHis victims were prostitutes and runaways, vulnerable women no one cared about. He'd take them somewhere secluded, usually his house, then kill them by strangling them. He'd do it from behind because he couldn't look his victims in the eye as he choked the life out of them. His youngest known victim was only 15. After killing them, he would dump their bodies in the wilderness and in the Washington's Green River. He returned to them many times to have sex with their corpses. Yes, he's THAT crazy. Btw, Ted Bundy assisted Detective Robert Keppel in creating a profile of Green River Killer. Because why not. How very The Silence of the Lambs of him. Gary is a cold-blooded douchebag. He didn't see his victims as human beings. He didn't really view them as people, as sentient beings with feelings. In his twisted mind, they were trash. Ann Rule does a great job of bringing the unfortunate ladies 'back to life.' She writes about the victims and their families in a very respectful way, does not criticize nor judge their lifestyle and actions. Ridgway is serving life without parole at Washington State Penitentiary. However, the case is far from over. Many of the girls are still missing.

  • Matthew
    2019-06-03 06:55

    A very thorough and very interesting telling of the events surrounding the investigation of the Green River Killer. I did not know much about the Green River Killer - other than he committed a series of murders in Washington back in the 80s. Since I knew so little, this was a suspenseful whodunit? for me.The book is not easy to read if the horrific details of crimes make you queasy. It was shocking to read about what one human can do to another human because they think they are "doing the right thing to clean up the streets". Also shocking (but maybe not surprising) that a lot of people didn't really care about whole lot at first because the victims were mainly prostitutes. Seeing how community, police, and media attitudes shaped the course of this investigation was very interesting. I was surprised at how , despite the fact that the book is decently long at 434 pages, it never dragged. Each section was like another episode of a crime show and I couldn't wait to get to the next episode the next day.If you like true crime, mysteries, and/or just seeing how truly messed up the human mind can be, check this book out.

  • Mel
    2019-06-12 06:57

    Edit: I am updating my review for this book because this Orlando massacre has made me realize something. I gave this book a 3.75/5 stars because I found it repetitive. I found hearing about the girls' life repetitive and I wanted to hear more about Gary Ridgway. But I was wrong in thinking that. I stand by everything else in my review, and it was repetitive, but in the way it was done, not what was said. Ridgway was charged with 48 murders, almost identical to this massacre. And as with other massacre's, the victims are lost. The perpetrator becomes the shining star of this crime when it should be the victims who are the shining star. This book was so much more than I gave it because it was important. It covered the parts of a crime that are important. Not just where it happened and why and by whom, but who was the victim. More than a name and a face and stats, but who they were at people. It's sad that it took me a massacre of this magnitude to teach me this, but I'm glad I got this lesson all the same. I hate this rating, but 3.75 stars. Too good for 3.5 but not worthy of the full 4 stars. This is a non-fiction book about Gary Ridgeway who was known as the Green River Killer. Between the years 1982 and 1985 he killed around 50 prostitutes in the Seattle area and wasn't captured until 2001. This serial killer has never been one I've really paid attention to, but I was really curious how they caught him when he was so dormant for so long. This book has a lot of flaws. I don't like the organization of it. Nearly 250 pages of biographies about the women that he kidnapped. It basically was like: introduce the girl. Talk about where she was taken and how and when. Outline her childhood. Talk about how she became a prostitute. Then repeat. Occasionally she threw in a bit about detectives and the hunt for the killer. So while interesting, very formulaic and repetitive. Another thing, speaking of the killer, she does not use Ridgeway's name until page 291. Before then whenever she talked about him in any way it was always "him", "the boy" etc. It was weird and I don't really know the purpose of it. Another thing I didn't like: she somehow makes this about herself, as though she's relevant at all. Ann Rule talks about the book signings she had where he went to them, the tips and calls she received, how she always expected to be writing other books and the books she wrote in the meantime. Like I don't care about her life and I felt like she constantly needed to impose herself in the story like she was in any way involved in this. And yet.... Despite all of this... I enjoyed it. Despite the 250 repetitive pages, they flowed well. I always felt like reading it. It's very dense so it took me a while but it happened. I liked knowing about this and I learned from this book which doesn't always happen when I read about serial killers. So not perfect by any means, but interesting and thorough and informative about what happened but also about how they caught him. I enjoyed it.

  • Marcella Wigg
    2019-05-29 09:47

    Can't say this is a fun read, but Rule has a tendency to use victim-centered narrative, which I find progressive and important in discussions of true crime, and it was overall a well-done account of the cases of the Green River Killer. Ridgway is a pretty solid refutation to the common misconceptions about serial killers, that they must be extraordinarily successful or charming or intelligent, especially to evade capture. He was utterly ordinary and mediocre, even less than mediocre by some measurements, and yet he caused incredible destruction to the lives of the young women and families he chose to hurt, and even evaded capture for twenty years. Perhaps it was the very idea that the Green River culprit had to be someone exceptionally clever that helped many in the police force on the case overlook the suspect they had had on their radar for decades.Not genius writing, but I do like her focus on the women more than on Ridgway himself, especially given the circumstances of the crimes, in which they were viewed by their murderer as merely trash to be discarded, and her skepticism of Ridgway as having any shred of normal compassion, which I share with her. This annoyed me less than parts of *The Stranger Beside Me* when she inserts herself into the narrative a bit too zealously.

  • Lightreads
    2019-06-02 07:08

    And apparently the other thing I needed to be reading while studying for finals was a book about the man who raped and strangled (and often strangled and raped) over fifty women in Washington State. This is an utterly fascinating story, unfortunately packaged by an annoying true crime author. I wanted to read about Gary Ridgeway not because he’s a killer, but because he’s such an odd specimen. I mean, from a profiling standpoint, he just doesn’t make sense. He was married happily for twenty years -- someone with his level of sociopathy simply should not have been able to achieve that. He went from killing at least forty women (and probably many, many more) over the span of two years to only a handful over two decades. That’s bizarre -- guys like him don’t stop, they spiral further and further out of control. And contrary to every expectation, he’s not actually that intelligent. This book isn’t about that. It’s mostly about the victims, their families, and the cops on the twenty-year search for Ridgeway. Which is fine -- God knows they all deserve to have their stories told. I would have been happier if Rule didn’t so obviously focus on victims whose stories were particularly juicy or tragic, and gloss over the “boring” ones. Her factual recounting is interesting for its own sake, but that’s about all there is here -- her occasional attempts at psychological insight are laughably shallow. There’s just 'what' here, and no real 'why', though Rule does indulge in the utterly predictable pastime of blaming the mother. It’s always the mother’s fault, don’t you know. Jesus, okay, I’m not even going to get started on that.Still an interesting book though, for what it is. For my money the most fascinating segment is the verbatim transcript of the interview where the police told Ridgeway’s wife just what her husband had been doing. The currents at play there, not obscured by Rule’s dramatics, are worth the price of admission. And I don’t mean that in the ghoulish way of peering in at the collapse of someone’s life, but in the fascinated way of seeing just how much she didn’t know a man she’d spent twenty years with. Except for that flickering sense you get that just maybe she really did.

  • Catten
    2019-06-21 04:47

    Stepping away from her typical formula of featuring multiple stories in one book, Ann Rule takes on a hefty project with Green River, Running Red.Rule began compiling information on this well-known serial killer in 1982, waiting for detectives to figure out whodunit so she could write about the self-described "killing machine," Gary Ridgway, who confessed in 2003 to strangling 48 women, starting with Wendy Lee Coffield in 1982 and ending with Patricia Yellowrobe in 1998.Because Ridgway operated in the same South Seattle area as Rule lived, she not only uses insider information from good relationships with local law enforcement, but she also demonstrates a comfortable familiarity with local attitudes, locations, and personalities. Writing teachers encourage students to "write what you know," and Rule does just that.The book describes the challenges and frustrations of the many members of the Green River Task Force. For example, in the early '80s, DNA processing took relatively huge samples, was exorbitantly expensive, and didn't always produce usable results. Technology drastically improved, however, and in 2001 a lab looked at evidence from 1987 with exciting results-Ridgway's DNA sample matched those collected from four suspected victims. Up until that point, no real evidence tied any of the victims to a killer or each other. In 2002, paint found on the clothing of two out of the four women identified as having Ridgway's DNA on them, helped to clinch the case.When Robert Lee Yates was killing prostitutes in Spokane, most people adopted the attitude of, "well, I'm safe because I'm not a prostitute." More crass locals added, "Besides, he's taking crime off the streets."This mentality is part of why Ridgway was able to get away with his activities for so long. In addition, that victim class-prostitutes and runaways-is complicated. Missing people are often not reported because no one knows they are gone. Ridgway knew this. In court, he said, "I also picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up, without being noticed. I knew they would not be reported missing right away, and might never be reported missing."*Rule does a nice job introducing some of the victims, complete with snapshots and short biographies. I mentioned in my last review of an Ann Rule book, however, that one of the things I didn't like was how she digresses in a way that makes me feel like she is showing off how much research she had done. I get that feeling again, and this time, there are dozens of characters. (If nothing else, an index at the back to help the reader find other mentions of a person might help one make his or her way through this dense book.) I found it a little annoying that so much time was spent on the victims, and not until almost 300 pages into the book did the killer's name finally came up. More balanced focus on the detectives and killer would have helped break up the chapter-after-chapter dead-dead-dead chant. I found it very odd that Rule chose to refer to the girls' pimps as "boyfriends." At one point, she mentions Seattle's Public Market, which is actually the well-known Pike Place Market. Also, the name of the strip where most of the victims were picked up apparently has many names: the SeaTac Highway, the Pacific Highway, the Pac HiWay, the airport strip, and Highway 99. Not being a local, I had trouble figuring out that each of these references were actually to the same road.Overall, the book was a decent read, but there are much better-written stories out there.

  • JBradford
    2019-06-20 06:47

    I was visiting a friend in her office the other day when I noticed this book in her IN box and commented on the title, and she said “Do you want to read it?” I have read it; I could not put the damn thing down! Ann Rule has a marvelous facility for capturing your attention and making you want to see what comes next, and I was intrigued by the way she wove the threads of this plot into something that reads like a novel with alternate points of view.This book is the story of the Green River Killer, who terrorized Seattle WA for three years or more years back in the 1980s. Ann Rule, who had started life as a Seattle police officer well before then, had become a crime-writer, writing for True Detective and other magazines of that ilk, some eight or so stories a month, and then had turned to books after it was discovered that she had worked for a year or more with a young college student, studying psychology, with the two of them being the night staff operators at a crisis center, before he went on a murderous rampage across the country; his name was Ted Bundy. By the mid 1980s, Ann was writing documentaries about crime and found herself living in the middle of a crime wave as street-working prostitutes in south Seattle started disappearing, some of them last seen and/or their bodies later being found within a few miles of Ann’s home. As the rampage went on, it began to include young women who were not working the streets, but simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Ann knew she was going to write a book about this -- but the major problem was that the police could not find the murderer. She kept taking notes, cutting out clippings, talking to the police officers working on the case, interviewing friends and relatives of the victims, but she could not write the book until the killer was caught. As a public speaker, Ann talked about the book she would write and commented about the Green River Killer, and her readers and members of her audiences began to send her suggestions, called her on the phone to report suspicions, etc. The years rolled by, however, with a noticeable drop in the killings … until finally enough evidence came to light to identify who the killer was, and Ann could write her book--20 years later.Ann’s book starts off as a straight history, reporting on how the first few bodies were found, with the account being enlivened by a mug-shot photograph of each girl in turn as Ann combined the last-known sightings and survivors’ recollections into third-person accounts that bring the girls to life on the pages, giving you insight into what was going on in their minds even though their lives are so incomprehensible. She makes their hopes and childish imaginings so understandable that there is a repeated shock every time one of them disappears into the night, leaving behind boyfriends (often their pimps), toddling children, bewildered parents and siblings, mystified friends. Ann does not romanticize their existence in any way, but she does express an understanding of how they came to be in their terrible position, finding that the vast majority of them came to the streets because of abuse at home or involvement in drugs that left them incapable of finding any other way of making a living. At the same time, Ann draws on her friendships with the police and her understanding of police work to paint a detailed picture of how the police department goes about the process of establishing a team of investigators to address this continuing case--a team that over the course of time expands to more than 50 officials at a cost of millions of dollars, slowly going through the grinding process of checking out body sites, interviewing possible witnesses and acquaintances, sifting through clues in an attempt to figure out who is causing all these deaths (believed to number more than 50). Interspersed with these two story lines, however, Ann interweaves into these accounts the concurrent third-person viewpoint of the killer, himself, based on what was eventually learned from his confessions and interviews with those who knew him, and we also get the fascinating account of how he grew, from a nasty incompetent little boy to a generally likable young man who drifted through three marriages under the control of his dominating mother.The result is a “true” story about the series of happenings that terrorized Seattle back then and horrifies the reader now, to the extent that I keep having the urge to call loved ones and ask if they are all right, for fear that there are other equally evil people in the world, consumed by similar ungodly thoughts and depravities. I grew up in a family that never had a key for the doors to their home, and I lived that same way until after my wife died, but you cannot read a book such as this without feeling that you should go check the lock on the door.

  • Rachel Elizabeth
    2019-06-04 05:51

    I didn't mind the endless descriptions of the victims. In fact, I liked that -- it keeps the memory of the transient, wayward girls Ridgway killed alive, even if the details of their lives were nothing remarkable. What I didn't like was reading about Ann Rule's awesome books and her awesome role as a tip call taker and how everyone in the true crime world looks to her as an expert, etcetera. The crime reporting is good, though the book could have been a welcome 50 pages shorter if Ann had talked less about Ann.

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-05-30 03:45

    A true crime book about the man in Seattle who took the lives of at least 49 women. It took two decades of research on the author's part to compile the book.Anne Rule never disappoints. Her ability to ingratiate herself into the story is impressive. This was excellently researched.

  • Punk
    2019-06-19 08:09

    When I was a kid, I remember hearing about the Green River Killer. No details, just the name, but it was spooky enough that it stuck with me. And since my library doesn't have The Stranger Beside Me in ebook—I won't read it in paperback because I worked in a library; I know what those ratty true crime paperbacks look like and I'm not touching them—I chose this book as part of my exploration of the question: Do I really enjoy true crime or do I just love Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark's My Favorite Murder?All I know for sure is that I love Karen and Georgia, and this book is long-winded, poorly organized, and filled with mind-numbing data. It'd be nerve wracking to read if you knew there was going to be a quiz later. Rule gives you dates, directions with cross streets, the full names of everyone you encounter, as well as their height, weight, age, occupation, birthday, and the names of their parents, siblings, and children. Surprisingly, none of that makes any of these people memorable. But without the threat of a test hanging over me, this was easy to read since I knew I would never need to remember a word of it, and I didn't, not even while I was reading. The most satisfying part was when she mentioned an unrelated murder that happened near me when I was ten, and now I have context for a vague memory of a murder in a Denny's parking lot. Yes, you even get unrelated murders in this! Because the Pacific Northwest was fucking crawling with serial killers in the seventies and eighties, and Gary Ridgway was running around loose for twenty years while the cops searched for the Green River Killer. Every time someone was murdered, you had to wonder if it was him. They finally arrested him in 2001. I mean jesus. His first victims were found in 1982.Anyway, this book isn't very good. It has chapters from Ridgway's perspective that are super gross and sourced from where, exactly, Ann? Also it has absolutely no bibliography. Just about three pages of people who assisted Rule in writing the book.And it needs all the trigger warnings. Literally all of them.

  • Aimee Regina Belle
    2019-06-18 09:48

    I am a big Ann Rule fan, but I found this book disappointing for the same reason Stranger Beside Me was so good -- an overabundance of Ann Rule. In Stranger, Rule gets to know and like Ted Bundy before coming to the horrifying realization that he is a serial killer. In Running Red, Rule is no longer the struggling young single mother about to embark on her first true-crime novel, but an established writer who is close to many of the officers on the case. And it shows. The best part of the book is the last fifth, after Gary Ridgway's capture as she finally gets down to brass tacks and talks about his thoughts, motivations and weaselly attempts to minimize his crimes and save his own pathetic life, gleaned from watching interview tapes. Much has been said for and against the biographies on Ridgway's 40-plus confirmed victims. While some received pages and pages of back story -- the ones whose families cooperated with Rule in the writing of her book -- some only received a few short paragraphs. While it is noble to recognize these young women's essential humanity, it would have been nice to find a happy medium between the two -- I often found myself wondering more about victims like Mary West, who received only a few paragraphs. However, I was off-put by Rule describing the families who were critical of the police as those whom hadn't taken good care of their daughters in the first place. Rule really doesn't like the investigation or the officers criticized. Rule spends a good deal of time -- the most boring parts of the book -- making excuses for why the police failed to catch the kill-happy Ridgway, whose IQ of 82 was barely out of mental retardation range, although the task force has 80 officers working the case at one point. The excuses include politics, public expectations, an overwhelming flood of information, budget woes, leadership turnover and plain old bad luck.Ridgway should have been caught much earlier. In the eighties, he was arrested twice for soliciting prostitution, spotted by a police officer with victim Keli Kay McGinness shortly before her disappearance, admitted to choking a sex worker who "bit" him and Marie Malvar's father and boyfriend/pimp ID'ed his car as the one in which she had disappeared. In the late eighties, paint flecks of the same type Ridgway used at his work were found on a victim's remains and identified.There are other clues that should have led police to Ridgway, but the task force was understaffed, unorganized and overwhelmed. However, you wouldn't know it by reading Rule's account. This is the same task force that executed a search warrant on Ridgway's workplace and failed to find his cache of souvenirs and waited until four years after modern DNA testing was available to send Ridgway's sample and those found on the bodies of his victims to a lab.Yes, Ridgway was a priority person of interest, but the investigation ground to a stand still and he managed to kill two more women (at least) in the nineties. Also among the many victim's pictures were photos of Rule posing at two separate body recovery sites, which felt morbid to me. The best way to read this book is reading the victim profiles and the sections just prior to and following Ridgway's arrest.

  • Teresa
    2019-06-21 05:14

    Two decades...More than forty victims...And the lives of many women ended in the reign of the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.For more than nineteen years, the prostitutes of King County, Washington were terrorized by the most sadistic serial killer in the nation's history. Although most of the victims disappeared between 1982 & 1984, it would take close to 100 detectives and more than 10 million fruitless tips for law enforcement to zero in on Gary Leon Ridgway as the Green River Killer.Once again, Ann Rule chronicles the true life criminal events that made major headlines. She tells the story of the manhunt for the Green River Killer, a man who was killing King County prostitutes at an alarming rate from 1982 to 1984. Interspersed with chronicling the progress the multi-agency task force was making, she brings a real human warmth to the victims - an otherwise vilified class of society. She also provides some background and early looks into the development of a monster.This is a quick read and well worth the time investment for true crime fanatics; people who r tee remember the manhunt; and anyone looking for something a bit different to read.As usual, Ann Rule brings forth a book that doesn't disappoint.

  • Joshua
    2019-05-30 10:00

    Didn't really grab me until about page 470.I thought about not finishing it, but I wanted to know what happened.When they finally identified Ridgeway, things picked up.I appreciate Ann Rule's dedication to the victims and their families, but the writing became repetitive and monotonous. I suppose the monotony comes from the overall bleakness of this case, but it was not only bleak, but a chore to get through.I did find it rewarding, however, and I'm glad I finished this. I think I went into the way I read most true crime; the voyeuristic speculation, the gritty details. What I got was a really in depth and documented book about a horrendous case. Made me look at true crime differently and with more respect.

  • Katherine
    2019-06-24 06:49

    For some reason this unusually rainy Spring/Summer has left me with an insatiable craving for true crime. From My Favorite Murder (more like, My Favorite Podcast) to The Keepers on Netflix, something about 2017 has me reaching for darker materials. I've been wanting to read about the GRK since I first discovered Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story last year. Rule is thorough and respectful, but what hooked me in the Bundy memoir/account was ultimately lacking in Green River. Ultimately (and perhaps surprisingly), I find Rule at her best when she injects herself into the narrative. One of the most interesting aspects of Rule as a character is her deep knowledge of the field and her lifelong dedication to improving and understanding how we track serial killers (before the term was even widely used). Her anecdotes surrounding her life during this case were interesting to me, especially her possible run-ins with the killer at book signings. This gave me shivers!

  • Betsey Smith
    2019-06-23 03:00

    If this is a typical Ann Rule book, I won't be reading any more of her books. Her topic was very interesting but her writing was disjointed and self-serving. She jumps around between topics and between time periods. Yes, I know those methods can create interest and maintain some level of suspense to a story that's already played out, but not in this case. The jumps here seemed unintentional, like this book was a combination of several versions of the same story thrown together but not given a final edit. She uses acronyms and jargon without explanation or provides explanations well after their first use - sometimes 50 pages after. At times she explains basic concepts but leaves less common items unexplained - she notes what a femur is but doesn't explain a clavicle. She uses the phrase "will-out" but gives no explanation at all as to what it means. She mentions DNA many times, but then 25 pages later, gives an explanation of what it is, as if it's the first time it's been mentioned. Even the style of writing was not what I would have expected from a professional writer. She used "hone" when I think she meant "home" - "home in" not "hone in." I had to reread several paragraphs because I didn't understand her point; I kept thinking I missed something. There were even entire paragraphs in parentheses. What's that about? If it wasn't for the subject I wouldn't have finished the book at all.After finishing, I was curious to see what has happened since the book was written so I did some research online. I found the case summary via links on a newspaper site and, what do you know, that document was more cohesive and understandable - and it was written by a lawyer.

  • Jlsimon
    2019-06-25 05:48

    This book is a re-read for me. In truth it was one of my very first Ann Rule books. Rule does an outstanding job in her thorough research. She learned about the victims and made a point to make sure that the reader got to meet them through her. That to me is exceptionally important because it is to common to sensationalize the killer and forget how many people are devastated by the loss of someone they loved. I think it is to easy for people to dismiss his victims because of their choices in life. It just wrong. They felt the fear, and the horror, and the pain. Their families felt all of that too, and then had to live with that devastating loss. Rule is the queen of true crime because she brings that home to the reader.In addition to learning about the lives of the women that were taken from their families Rule gives us insight into the investigation and the effect that it had on the men and women who fought to bring down the monster. It brings to mind a quote I heard once: "Fairy tales do not tell children dragons exist. Children already know the dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed." G.K. ChestertonOn that note this is a book I would recommend to individuals that are looking for case studies of serial rapist/murderers. Also individuals that are looking for support for compartmentalization playing a factor in the mindset of a serial offender. BTK called it "Factor X". Ridgeway refers to "The Old Gary" and "The New Gary". Me, I don't believe in split personality, but I do believe in compartmentalization. Without it I believed these individuals would have devolved much more quickly.

  • Donna
    2019-06-22 04:01

    This is my first Ann Rule book. It's very thorough, and at the beginning I worried that it would be a bit TOO detailed, but I stuck with it and was glad I did.The narrator, whose name escapes me at this moment, spoke in a very 'proper' manner, so it was a little disconcerting to hear her say things like 'oral sex' or 'anal sex' or a few of the other things she had to read, lol.I hadn't actually heard of the Green River Killer before finding this book on Audible - his case would have been happening around the time of my first child's birth, but I don't remember a single mention of him on TV here in Australia. Considering the scope of his crimes, how horribly prolific he was, there MUST have been some mention of him and I managed to miss all of it. I can't say now, having listened to this book of over 19 hours duration, that not knowing about him was a bad thing. I looked him up on Wikipedia after I finished listening to the book, because I've never seen a picture of him. He looks so benign, so unremarkable and average... Just goes to reinforce that old adage: Never judge a book by its cover.It was a great book, though I'm glad I chose the audio version - I'm not sure I could have stuck with it in paperback form. Some books are better to listen to than to read, and I reckon this is one of them.I have no idea if this review helps anyone, but I only JUST finished listening to it and my brain is kinda mushed up after the experience! I'm sure any true crime reader will love it.

  • ♥ Marlene♥
    2019-05-29 01:50

    on Saturday, December 17, 2005 Wow. I am really shocked reading about this wanker.Especially when you consider they could have caught him so much earlier.There was 1 witness when he took off with Marie, a girl who was prostituting herself, her parents not knowing, with the help of her boyfriend. He saw her going in a car, and thought she looked scared when she was in the car so he followed them. The driver ( who later turned out to be Gary Ridgeway)managed to shook him off.Not much later the boyfriend and Marie's family did a search and they found the car parked in a driveway of a house. The police asked the owner of the house if there was a girl there, he said no, of course, and that was the end of it. I wished they could have done more, I say could, cause I understand they can't just go in the house, but on the other side, it was during all the murders, so to bad it didn't ring a bell. While reading this book I was also reading The search of the Green River Killer by Carlton Smith and The Riverman by Robert D. Keppler, one of the detectives on the case.This gave me a good insight in what happened during all those decades.

  • Debra
    2019-05-30 10:04

    This doesn't read a like a suspense thriller, so if you are looking for that, you may want to skip this true crime non-fiction book. There is a lot of biography for the unfortunates girls strangled by this horrible serial killer. You get to know many of them and it tears your heart out. Although, I'm glad they finally found the killer, I'm sorry it took so long.

  • Natasha the Bilbliophile
    2019-06-21 08:50

    Another great Ann Rule book. It may have jut been the mood I was in, but this one was a bit harder for me to follow... felt like I needed a timeline in front of me. Still good, and good to know.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-23 03:04

    In Washington State in the early 80s, young women were going missing. Mostly young women who were at risk – runaways and sex workers – everyone seemed content to believe that they had simply moved elsewhere. But when bodies started to be found, first in the Green River that would give a killer his name and then in clusters in lonely camping spots, the truth could no longer be ignored. A serial killer was in their midst.The Green River Killer remained at large for nearly twenty years, hidden in plain sight and overlooked a number of times in the ensuing investigation. Gary Ridgway, the man eventually unmasked as a serial killer, did not fit the profile of a serial murderer. Happily married and having held down the same job for decades, his mild-mannered façade even fooled many of those on his trail, allowing him to get away for many years with the murders of up to 90 people (he would eventually be convicted of killing 49 of these).Green River, Running Red is an excellent examination of the case and one that never forgets to respect his victims. While written off by many, especially at the beginning of the case (locals interviewed at the time were only really worried that at some point he might start picking off ‘good girls’), the book lays bare what had driven many of these women and girls into the lifestyles they led and really brought home just what came with taking their lives. Aside from the lives snuffed out, Rule looks at the emotional cost their deaths brought to their families, their friends, the community, and to the men and women investigating their deaths.As well as this, and given the huge range of suspects in the case, Green River, Running Red also makes terrifyingly clear just how many dangerous men are in any one area at any given time. These weren’t just men who were known to use sex workers or had a similar truck to the killer, but those who were known to viciously assault and/or kill women and children and who had either served their time or worked out deals and were now able to carry out their lives, with their histories (and in many cases, their current activities) largely unknown by those they were living amongst.Not only scary but incredibly sad, Green River, Running Red is an excellent addition to any true crime library.**Also posted at Cannonball Read 9**

  • Kim
    2019-06-18 07:11

    Ann Rule was an amazing writer of true crime and it's a shame that I didn't start reading her books until recently. I've started with her books on serial killers in Washington as that's where I currently live and it's eery how close I am to where these horrific events happened. Why does Seattle breed so many serial killers? Is it the weather?I've seen a couple of documentaries here and there regarding the Green River Killer and I knew that he killed a lot of women but Ann Rule puts into perspective just how many women. She also does an incredible job of describing each woman in as much detail as she can so that the reader knows that each of them were human beings with families and friends.

  • Carrie
    2019-06-15 09:55

    I think I can definitively say that Ann Rule is not for me. Of all the things I don't really enjoy, I think the one that's hardest for me is she's obviously friends with a lot of police and detectives, and has spent a lot of time building relationships with them, and she's either incapable of, or unwilling to look at anything they did in a critical way. That, combined with her amateur psychology analysis, her super repetitive writing, and her weird insistence on listing the cross streets for everything, and I think I can safely say I'm done. The local angle isn't enough to keep my interest.

  • Haley Thomas
    2019-06-18 05:14

    Gave me nightmares and made my stomach hurt sometimes.

  • Amber
    2019-06-20 03:02

    I waited a few years to read this book. I'm from the area and where I'm from, stories of Ridgway are like six-degrees-of-separation tales. His look, voice and mannerisms are very Washingtonian and he reminds me of a lot of different unextraordinary men I know. I also came from a family that was interested in true crime so I followed the story all my life, basically.I love Ann Rule, absolutely love her. But closer to my heart is being an advocate for kids that are victims of sexual abuse. And I feel like she held back with this story and glossed over things that have no right to be glossed over. I know that she meant well, but more attention should have been brought to the murder victims in the sense that most women who enter prostitution were more than likely sexually abused as children. It has to be brought up. It's a huge deal. Sexual abuse is far more common than people think it is and as a result, there is a shortage of empathy towards addicts, self-mutilators, people with eating disorders and of course, prostitution. Anytime you meet a person who puts themselves in such dangerous situations and/or who is hellbent on destroying themselves, you have to always first consider the fact that they may have been a victim of abuse. She was in the perfect avenue to educate and she chose not to. She could have given a way more accurate voice to the victims and helped the average person reading the book understand how prostitutes get to be where they are and why.And I understand why she didn't go there- She probably didn't want to offend the families that cooperated with her in making the book. But she studied psychology. She had to have known that not acknowledging the aspect (of sexual abuse) compromised her book considerably, right? Even Reichert included it in his account of the Green River saga, so I was shocked when she didn't. It couldn't have possibly been a more relevant time to talk about it! Otherwise, the book was interesting. Very exasperating (just like every other book about the GRK is since it took so long to prove physical evidence linking somebody) but I learned some new things about the case and I especially found the transcripts in court and the interviews with his wife Judith, fascinating. Overall though, I would recommend Dave Reichert's book "Chasing the Devil" over this one. Reading from someone who was RIGHT THERE and so personally invested in the case made a huge difference.

  • Trin
    2019-06-04 06:02

    What is it about Washington State that attracts serial killers? Last year I read Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me, which is a fascinating book in large part because Rule, even then a crime writer, was actually friends with its subject: Ted Bundy. That's a bizarre and disturbing piece of kismet right there. And it lead to a true crime story that was psychologically complex because Rule was clearly trying so hard to understand how the man who was her friend could also be such a monster.Rule, sadly, does not bring the same level of analysis to the story of fellow Washington State resident Gary Leon Ridgway, a.k.a.The Green River Killer, a.k.a. The Most Prolific Serial Killer in North American History (Possibly). Though she tries to stress her involvement in the case, it was comparatively minimal, so the personal connection present in the Stranger is absent here. Still, it would be interesting to see the psychological motivations of a guy like Ridgway, who--unusually for a serial killer--is not very bright, and--again highly unusual--managed multiple marriages and long-term relationships at the same time had a busy second career soliciting and murdering prostitutes. Instead of going into that, though, Rule just summarily concludes that it was somehow all his controlling mother's fault. Uh-huh.The text of this very, very long book is therefore mostly taken up by the victims' stories--which are tragic, and do deserve to be told, but I didn't particularly care for Rule's method of cherry-picking the "juicy" ones and leaving other girls--equally deserving--with just a sentence or two. I really wish this book had had more focus--the story of the investigation gets kind of buried under so much other stuff, and the narrative doesn't seem to be organized terribly well. I read this book because I became fascinated with the portrait of the Green River Killings Neko Case paints in her song "Deep Red Bells"; it's less than four minutes long and I think it achieves something more vivid and poignant and terrible than this book does in over 500 pages.

  • Katherine Addison
    2019-06-06 09:58

    This is an excellent account of the Green River Killer's reign of terror, from the discovery of Wendy Lee Coffield's body in 1982 to his long, gruesome interviews with detectives as part of his plea bargain in 2003. Rule, as a famous true crime writer living in the south Seattle area, found herself a part of the story even as she was trying to prepare to write about it (to a lesser degree than happened with Ted Bundy, but I'm sure the coincidence was horrific for her), and I think part of what makes this book so engaging (if that's not an inappropriate term) is in fact Rule's own engagement with the story. Not just her empathy, but her deep personal knowledge of the geography that, as it would turn out, was so vital to Gary Ridgway himself. Her own fear informs the book (especially the literally fear-full moment when her daughter identified Ridgway as a man who frequently came to Rule's events); it's not as much a memoir as The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story, but it has some of that same feel.Rule is also interested in the victims' sad, short stories (most of the girls Ridgway murdered were between 16 and 20) and clearly went to a lot of trouble to find their families and to listen to what they said. Her coverage is uneven, as it would have to be. You call tell that Opal Mills' brother, Tracy Winston's mother, Mary Bello's mother, and Mary Bridget Meehan's family gave extensive interivews, simply by the detail that Rule goes into; other victims are just names and the circumstances pieced together of their deaths. And then the ghastly afterlife of their corpses.So if something possesses you to want to read about the Green River Killer, I do highly recommend this book.

  • Vivienne
    2019-06-14 04:49

    The subtitle of this book: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer pretty much sums up its content as Ann Rule writes an account of the twenty-one year hunt for this serial murderer. This is my first book by Ann Rule. Although I had heard references to the Green River Killer and seen a TV movie, I was not aware of many details of the case or how he was finally apprehended thanks to advances in forensics and how the case was resolved. I applauded the fact that Rule focused on the lives of the victims, their families and the work of the detectives who over two decades sought this prolific serial murderer. Obviously this is a work of true crime without the kind of plotting found in crime fiction and yet Ann Rule has a style of writing that allows for a level of tension even if the outcome is known. I certainly plan to read more of her work. Like her first book about Ted Bundy this was a very personal book for Rule as she was living in Seattle during the time of the initial murders and researched the case closely through the years. Although she didn't know him as she had Bundy, she learned afterwards that he had attended a number of her book signings and talks. Chilling. In this case I chose to read it and also listen to the audio edition. I felt that Barbara Caruso did an excellent job of narrating the book; again focusing on the tragedy of the victims rather than glamorising their murderer in any way.On a side note the cover of my edition does resembles a work of pulp fiction.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-11 01:49

    All the facts were there but the writing did not impress. Very disjointed, awkward, and confusing. It felt very long and Ann Rule came off as a little self-important. I was actually very surprised to find that this was Ann Rule's 22nd novel. Just one example of sloppiness:"...he had to signal passersby and ask them to call the King County Sheriff's Office. The officer responding realized at once that the female forms were human, but oddly, something held them close to the river bottom.Dave Reichart and Patrol Officer Sue Peters responded first to the scene when they were summoned by the sheriff's dispatchers."The middle sentence seems like it should have been edited out. There was no "officer" responding. There were two officers who she later states figure out that the bodies were being held down by boulders. I think perhaps Ms Rule is popular due to her subject matter rather than her writing skills. I may try another Ann Rule or I may read Reichert's story. I do recommend The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing by Dan Morse.

  • Danielle Lemon
    2019-06-11 03:51

    I have a thing for reading true crime when I can't sleep. I know - weird, right? Why read something that scares the crap out of you and makes you sleepless, when you're trying to sleep?! I can't explain it. True crime is a thoughtless read for me - sure, I could read romance novels, but I guess I'm just made of darker stuff. Anyway, Ann Rule really has no equal when it comes to true crime. As with all Rules' books, this one was an easy page-turner, although the litany of victims' background stories became a bit monotonous - which is chilling when you think that Ridgeway killed so many women as to become monotonous. Ann's personal connection to Ridgeway, who apparently showed up at several of her readings, is interesting, but not as compelling as her first book, about her personal relationship with Ted Bundy. Given the proximity of Seattle to Vancouver, it surprises me that Ann didn't mention the theory that Ridgeway may have been responsible for the disappearances of Downtown East Side women who have been attributed now to Willy Pickton - but perhaps she's saving that for her next book...