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Green River Killer

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The story of one of America's most notorious killers is revealed in this true-crime comic unlike any other!

Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a si...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Dark Horse Originals (first published 2011)
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Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen spent 180 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets--an epic...more
Moira Russell
[ETA: No star rating, because I fucking hate those and wish I'd never started with them. SORRY.]

Obligatory GoodReads X-Files quote: "You've seen the things I do in the past as well as in the future....terrible things....So tell me, please, why have I done them?" "Don't you understand yet? ....You do the things you do because you're a homicidal maniac." - Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose

Not quite sure what to say about this one. "Much less tasteless and exploitive than other histories of the Green R...more
Peter Derk
The first page is great. Horrifying, but great.

And then I was confused as all fuck for a while.

The thing is, the story bounces all around a timeline. From the time bodies start appearing in the woods until the time Gary Ridgeway is caught and questioned. Things smooth out about half way through, maybe a little further, but I kept getting lost in trying to figure out where we were in time.

It's not good enough to put a date in. It's a comic book! Give me a half dozen good, visual cues. The great t...more
Sam Quixote
This is the true crime story of Gary Ridgway, aka the Green River Killer, who murdered a number of women in Seattle starting in the 80s and remains one of the most notorious serial killers in history.

The detective tasked with bringing the killer to justice is the author's father, Tom Jensen (who looks like Commissioner Gordon), who sees the case through to its remarkable conclusion in 2003 when Ridgway was finally apprehended thanks to DNA evidence taken in 1987, and in order to bargain his fat...more
Jessica at Book Sake
This was a really interesting book. I had no idea that it was based on true events but told from the perspective of the detective’s son. The cased lasted 20 years and you get to see what happened to this detective and his family during those 20 years. It has some great emotional moments and is so different from most detective stories.

The art is wonderful illustrated, well told and able to deliver on the emotional demands of the story. However it is completely in black and white, which I usually...more
Sara Thompson
I grew up with tales of the Green River Killer. My family lived in Western Washington until the mid-80s when we moved to Eastern Washington. We still remember the women who lost their lives to this man, especially since my brother bought a place off the Green River (further south than where the bodies were found). Green River stills gives me chills. Growing up with this tale, it's hard not to be affected by it. When I had the opportunity to select this graphic novel for review, I took it. I knew...more
Seth Hahne
Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case

In my Baby's in Black review , I discussed the difficulties that confront non-fictional accounts of historical events. The primary hurdle is reader foreknowledge. If you're already aware (spoilers!) that Amelia Earhart doesn't complete her round-the-world flight, that Lee surrenders at the Appomattox Courthouse, that Jesus comes back to life in the end—then all the drama surrounding those events is sucked out of the telling. Reader investment, then, must be engaged in other ways.

Titanic, for in...more
This is a chilling and effective graphic novel representation of the search for the Green River Killer. It focuses on Tom Jensen, the detective who spent much of his career trying to identify the killer and learn the identities of his victims. It doesn't give comprehensive coverage of the investigation, of course, but I think it works well as either an introduction or as an additional facet for people who have already done some reading on this case. Jeff Jensen is Tom Jensen's son, which adds in...more
Laurie Carlson
“Green River Killer: A True Detective Story” by Jeff Jensen and Jonathon Case

This book is actually a Graphic Novel. This was my first Graphic Novel I have read, and I enjoyed it IMMENSELY!
The author of this story happens to be the “original” police detective who spent decades of his career looking for this serial killer. This story is a ‘true story’ that took place over approximately two decades, if I recall correctly, from seeing it on television. This ‘story’, not this Graphic Novel, has even...more
Tea Time with Marce
From my blog 4 1/2 stars

This is my first experience reading a Graphic Novel, I was intrigued the whole time. The minimum text and art work gave all that was needed to make this a successful project. I quite liked that it was all in black and white and not coloured pictures, it gave the feel of newspaper articles, the old meeting the new and colour may have been to much detail for some, this was very classy for such a topic.

What an amazing honour this novel is to Tom from his son Jeff Jensen. Yo...more
Before I start this review I want you to know that I love true crime books. Nothing is as frightening or as chilling as the tales of real people being murdered by monsters more heinous than anything Stephen King or Hollywood could dream up. Why? Because these monsters are very human & very real. That's why I was so eager to read this graphic novel, but unfortunately it just didn't live up to even my most modest expectations.

Where did this book go wrong? I'd say it went wrong when the authors...more
Dec 17, 2011 Aubrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those with an interest in true crime.
As twisted as it may sound, I find serial killers fascinating. I think it's because my mind is not like theirs and I'm as curious as a cat to know what goes on up there, to make them do the malicious things that they do.

With such an interest, I was surprised, after stumbling across this book, that I had not heard of The Green River Killer. I was surprised because he was one of the most well known serial killers in the country. The man killed more than 48 women in the Seattle area and got away w...more
Tommy Bat-Blog Brookshire
This Graphic Novel has been getting pretty decent reviews so I thought I'd check it out. This is the true-life story of the "Green River Killer" who haunted Seattle for many years and was responsible for over 48 murders, mostly Women. The book is mainly from the point of view of Detective Tom Jensen and it covers about a 20 year period, that's how long it took to catch this guy. The book likes to go into a lot of flashbacks and one gimmick to do so is to show the Detective as a younger guy and t...more
Kevin Bessey
I picked up "Green River Killer" after the author Jeff Jensen appeared on an episode of RadioLab (podcast) dealing with evil and people who do bad things.

My recommendation for this book/graphic novel comes from the ability of Jeff to tell the story in a way that illustrates the common denominator between altruists and psychopaths: empathy. Aside from "The Walking Dead" series, I have never read a story where the hero shows no greater empathy and the villain shows complete lack of empathy.

In "Gre...more
Miguel Alcázar
[...] una novela gráfica estupenda, de esas que quitan el hipo y trascienden el propio género en el que se inscribe (en este caso la true crime fiction, que llaman en el mundo anglosajón) gracias al talento de su autor (por cierto, éste el hijo del detective protagonista de la historia, quien vio a su padre malvivir mentalmente durante veinte años tras la infructuosa caza de un tipo que asesinó a cuarenta y ocho mujeres entre las décadas de los 80 y 90), quien es muy consciente de la larga heren...more
Andy Shuping
ARC provided by netGalley

The Green River Killer, one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, confessed to 48 murders and has claimed as many as 61. He started killing in the 1980’s and went uncaught until 2003. What caused one man to kill? And how was he finally captured? This book answers some of those questions and provides a first hand look at how detectives worked to capture this killer. Told in narrative style from the perspectives of one of the detectives on the squad that captur...more
Like so many TV crime dramas, “Green River Killer: A True Detective Story” by Jeff Jensen and starts with a gruesome scene. In this case it’s a young kid playing alone when a stranger approaches, asks some lay-of-the-land where-are-your-parents questions, then warns the kid about talking to strangers. Then, of course, the man stabs the kid in the back. The kid, dressed in a cowboy costume, has enough left in him to gasp “Why did you do that?”

“Because,” the stranger responds, collapsing his pock...more
I was intrigued by the idea of a true crime comic book. The author’s dad was one of the detectives who worked the Green River Killer’s case. So the book is really an homage to his father more than a detailed account of the GRK case. I think that’s really sweet. It makes it more of a story than a true crime book though. Which, is fine, there’s several nonfiction books on the GRK already out there. So I like that this one comes from a different angle. It was refreshing.

However, if you’re not famil...more
I read this ARC via Netgalley.

This is the story of a detective who spent most of his career working on the Green River Killer case. Forty-eight women killed and left in the woods by the river. There is frustratingly little evidence and too many suspects. Then, with advances in DNA evidence, there is a break in the case. Detective Jensen discovers that a suspect they had in custody years ago is the killer. Now he only wants to get the man to confess...

I was fairly confused at the beginning and ha...more
This graphic novel was great. It's the story of the Green River Killer, and the Detective that worked almost a quarter century to bring him to justice. I wasn't really aware of the GRK, which is surprising considering the extent of his crimes, so even though this is a true-crime book, it still played out like fiction for me.

This graphic novel is also interesting because it is written by the son of the lead Detective on the Green River Killer case. That adds a little something extra to the story...more
I have never heard of the “Green River Killer” before. After reading this true story about the sadistic real life monster I can’t believe I had never heard of this when it was current news. The story of the detective who dedicated his life and sacrificed so much on almost entirely this one case is amazing. Written by the son of the detective readers get rare insight into an actual murder investigation. The killer is obviously a monster but portrayed here he is so disturbing that the fact that it...more
What a really great portrait of a detective as a human being! The true crime serial killer aspect of the story is just a vehicle for a wonderfully tender portrait of the author's father. The art is starkly beautiful (it reminds me of some of the best work in Azzarello's Noir or Andrew Vachss'Hard Looks) and the dialogue is simply stated with an emphasis on the emotional journal of a man who spends his career/life looking for answers instead of typical cop drama. Beautiful.
Impeccable. This story is haunting, but also a beautiful tribute to Detective Jensen by his son. The storytelling here is on another level.
cEe beE
Oct 18, 2012 cEe beE rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of true crime
Green River Killer is just as visually dramatic and thrilling as any Dark Night comic book, the only difference is this is a true crime story. This is a horrific tale of the manhunt for the worst serial killer in US history, as well a moving portrait of the cop who doggedly pursued the case for twenty years.

I never thought a graphic novel could effectively capture a real life journalistic story so well. I'm very impressed by Jeff Jensen's compelling narrative and Jonathan Case's visual expressio...more
Heart-rending true story of the detective who doggedly pursued, and finally put period to, the Green River killer, notorious for killing at least 48 women in the area near the Seatac Airport in Washington State, from 1982 through 2001.
This book was written by Jeff Jensen, Detective Tom Jensen's son, and graphic artist Jonathan Case; it is stark, compassionate, gruesome, authentic and riveting. It is a tribute to Tom Jensen, who could never discuss or talk about the ongoing case with friends or f...more
KJ, Madame Librarian
That was deeply disturbing and extremely well done.

I feel like I need a cigarette and an aura cleansing.
Oct 18, 2011 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
This needs to become an immediate "must read" in the graphic novel genre. Simply put, it's one of the best examples I've ever seen of a writer trusting his/her illustrator to create the emotional tension that a story needs. The prose is clean, spare, and beautifully incomplete, almost forcing the reader to glean the subtext from the successive images. I think this is a brilliant graphic novel, and hopefully, opens the door for more "mainstream stories" to be told in this format!
Extremely well written - fictionalization is kept to a bare minimum - yet makes for captivating writing because of the choice of the usage of anachronism and inter lapping elements of 20 years forward and backwards together.

If you had not researched this case before (are out of United States) - do a wiki search first - makes reading this book more interesting then.

Totally deserving of the 2012 Eisner Best Reality Work.
This was written by the son of one of the lead detectives on the Green River Killer case. His father worked on this case for over 20 years. I thought it was interesting to see what was going on behind the scenes of the investigation. The black and white drawings worked really well for this graphic novel too. I think full color illustrations would have been to much for this dark story.
I have read a few graphic novels and usually find them a nice change and fun to read. I got an advanced copy via netgalley. The only reason I requested it was due to a review by Stephen King. The art work was good but the story line jumped all over and was hard to follow even with the occasional posting of the date. It was annoying and I forced myself to finish.
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