The Pacific Northwest has been home to a number of serial killers. John Douglas, the FBI profiler of the Green River killer, once called...
The Pacific Northwest has been home to a number of serial killers. John Douglas, the FBI profiler of the Green River killer, once called the region “America’s killing fields,” according to former Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman, who grew up in the Tacoma area.
Gary L. Ridgway
The so-called Green River killer told investigators that he killed as many as 71 women, mainly prostitutes, but was convicted in 2003 of killing only the 48 whose remains were found. In exchange for helping authorities solve dozens of open murder cases, the Auburn resident and former truck painter escaped the death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison.
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Bundy grew up in Tacoma, went to Temple University in Philadelphia and came back to Seattle in 1969 for law school. He was executed in Florida’s electric chair in 1989 for the 1978 kidnapping and slaying of a 12-year-old girl. He also was convicted in Florida for the murder of two sorority sisters. Before his execution, Bundy confessed to killing 23 young women in the 1970s in Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Washington, though some investigators say he may have murdered dozens more.
John Allen Muhammad
The one-time Tacoma resident and Army veteran has appealed the death sentence he received for his role in a 2002 sniper spree that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area. Muhammad and an accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, have been linked to 21 shootings in all, including 14 deaths in D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Washington state.
Robert Yates Jr.
A former Air National Guard helicopter pilot and smelter worker, Yates pleaded guilty in 2000 to murdering 13 women in Spokane, Walla Walla and Skagit counties and was sentenced to 408 years in prison. He was later tried and convicted in Pierce County for the murders of two additional women in the late 1990s, for which he was sentenced to death. The state Supreme Court recently upheld his death sentence.
— Compiled by Sanjay Bhatt