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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
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Hardcover, 234 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Dark Horse Originals
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Trudi
My reading/reviewing year is really getting off to an excruciatingly, abysmal slow start. I blame my Netflix addiction that includes a recent binge viewing of The Shield (from which I'm still recovering). In November, I became obsessed with Sarah Koenig's Serial podcast and literally lost weeks. Archer is back in full throttle splendor -- "We need a minute Captain Shit Nuts!" -- soon to be followed by the return of Season 3 of The Americans on the 28th.

Throw in work, sleep, eating, alcohol cons
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Eve
Oct 17, 2014 Eve rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
"Terrific. It's got the scariest opening sequence I've read in years, and the novel as a whole makes compelling stay-up-late reading. Great, creepy stuff." - Stephen King

If the title of this graphic novel isn't enough to grab you, King's cover blurb will. This was just as creepy as My Friend Dahmer, but I liked the inside perspective of the story. Jeff Jensen writes about his father, Tom Jensen's, twenty year search for the Green River Killer, while serving as a detective for King County's she
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Sesana
Jan 16, 2015 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, comics
I don't do much reading about real serial killers now, though I did kind of go through a phase when I was a weird teenager. So I didn't go in knowing much about Gary Ridgeway, the Green River Killer. That might have been useful, because this is not a strictly linear account, nor is it terribly concerned with the minutia of the investigation. If that's what you're looking for, this is not going to be the best choice for you. But if, like me, you just need to be able to follow what's going on, or ...more
Seth T.
Aug 02, 2012 Seth T. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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 i
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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
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Sam Quixote
Dec 13, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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
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Lou
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
David Schaafsma
Oct 08, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
A true crime story, only slightly fictionalized, of catching the Green River serial killer in the Seattle area, the worst serial killer in American history, who killed at least 48 prostitutes, and confessed to each of them, and made those confessions credible with details. It is also a tribute to the author's father, who was the lead detective on the case for almost twenty years on the case. This is gruesome and interesting, especially if you are like me interested in true crime detective stori ...more
Christina De la Garza
Mar 21, 2017 Christina De la Garza rated it really liked it
I loved this glimpse into detective work. This graphic novel played out like an episode of a police procedural (drawn out over decades). I developed a great deal of respect for the dedication and persistence that these cases demand. The book did offer a good bit of background on Ridgeway and the murders, but did so in a measured manner. Well... down with toxic masculinity. May we live to see the day when women no longer need to fear monsters like these, regardless of their profession.
Peter Derk
Sep 10, 2012 Peter Derk rated it liked it
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
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Rob
Mar 02, 2017 Rob rated it really liked it
This true crime graphic novel is about one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. It's told through the eyes of one of the lead detectives Tom Jensen. It profiles his hunt for Gary Ridgway who was eventually caught and convicted of murdering 49 women and girls, most of whom were prostitutes or runaways.

As weird as it sounds, I find serial killer reads to be pretty interesting. This one has an even additional twist as Tom Jensen's son, Jeff is the author. The story is chronicled pretty
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Chibineko
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
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Melinda Elizabeth
Feb 20, 2016 Melinda Elizabeth rated it really liked it
You have to admit that reading true crime novels can be a grueling process. Primarily to do with the subject material at hand, as well as photo inserts etc, it can be tough going to get through an Anne Rule tome and you have to be in the right mood for it. (Not to mention that once a prep is caught, there’s often chapters upon chapters of material dedicated to the legal proceedings, and that’s just dry going!)

“The Green River Killer” is a true crime graphic novel. This is, as you would suspect,
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Sara Thompson
Sep 30, 2011 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Jessica at Book Sake
Sep 30, 2011 Jessica at Book Sake rated it really liked it
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
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Liz
Feb 24, 2016 Liz rated it liked it
My 5 Question Review

Share a one sentence synopsis, please?
An author somehow manages to turn a story about a highly prolific serial killer into a sweet homage to his father.

What did you like?
The subject matter was intriguing in a sensational kind of way. I mean, a serial killer on the loose in the Pacific NW? Plus pictures! That’s an attention getter. Ultimately the story itself, which is really about the main detective/father of the author, was pretty sweet.

Dislike?
At the end of it I didn’t re
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Sof Barker
Sep 04, 2015 Sof Barker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encanta el «true crime». Siempre me he preguntado qué dirá eso de mí, pero la verdad es que me fascinan los asesinos y en especial los asesinos en serie, tan norteamericanos como las barras y estrellas.
Cuando vi este cómic en la estantería de mi tienda de cómics supe que acabaría en mis manos, y ha tenido que pasar más de un año para que eso ocurriera (cosas de ser pobre e impulsiva).
Me lo he ventilado en menos de 24 horas, pero creo que lo releeré. La historia más que hablar del asesino es
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Mikael Kuoppala
Aug 23, 2012 Mikael Kuoppala rated it really liked it
The premise of “Green River Killer” reeks of sensationalism. It’s an account based on the interviews made during 180 days by the author’s father, a police detective who in 2001 finally caught the infamous Green River Killer. The killer himself, Gary Ridgway, was the one interviewed. He was responsible for the deaths of at least 49 women in the 80’s.

Fortunately, Jensen approaches his subject with analytical precision. He doesn’t aim for shock effects or entertaining revelations about the killer,
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Kirsten
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
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Library

Jeff Jensen, son of Detective Tom Jensen, tells the story in graphic novel form of the decades long hunt and arrest of the infamous Green River Killer.

I’ve heard of the Green River Killer over the years, but I never delved into the background. Sad considering I earned an Associates in Applied Science in Criminal Justice. I’m bad and ashamed. *hangs head* Anyway, this is a great telling of how things went down. Using flashbacks between 2003 and the 80s (mostly), it gives a l
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The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft
REVIEW: GREEN RIVER KILLER by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case

The son of Detective Tom Jensen (instrumental in the Green River Killer investigation), Jeff Jensen, and a gifted artist, Jonathan Case, collaborated in a stunningly vivid and realistic exploration of the exploits of the Green River Killer, and the long-term investigation which eventually his capture. Attention to detail, and the care taken to fully delineate character, make this an engrossing thriller not easily forgotten.
Becky
Apr 05, 2017 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
I read this in one sitting; it kept me up way past my bedtime. It's the first graphic novel I ever finished.

Jeff Jensen wrote the story based on the more than two decades his father Tom spent on the Green River Task Force, a detective unit that was created to search for the serial killer dubbed "The Green River Killer." The story moves between the early 1980s, when the task force was created, and the early 2000s, when the killer committed the murder that led to his capture and was interviewed by
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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
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Aubrey
Nov 10, 2011 Aubrey rated it really liked it
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
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christa
Sep 05, 2012 christa rated it liked it
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
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Dani Shuping
Jul 16, 2011 Dani Shuping rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
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T.
Aug 21, 2016 T. rated it it was amazing
It's almost weird to call Green River Killer an "intensely personal book," considering that it surrounds one of the most horrific series of serial killings the US has ever seen. But personal it is, because the author, Jeff Jensen, is the son of one of the lead detectives on the case. He writes from a pretty authoritative standpoint on it, but there is so much more than just the facts in the case of Gary Ridgway's murders in Washington state in the 80s and early 90s. The book is peppered with tou ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Jeff Jensenin käsikirjoittama sarjakuvaromaani "Green River Killer" (Dark Horse, 2011) kertoo Gary Ridgwaysta, Yhdysvaltain historian pahimmasta sarjamurhaajasta, joka surmasi Seattlen alueella mahdollisesti jopa 50-70 prostituoitua 1980- ja 1990-luvuilla. Sarjakuva keskittyy kuitenkin etsivä Tom Jenseniin, joka työskenteli tapauksen parissa parisenkymmentä vuotta - ja oli samalla käsikirjoittaja-Jeffin isä.

"Green River Killer" liikkuu kahdessa eri aikatasossa kuvaten niin tutkinnan edistymistä
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Tea Time with Marce
Feb 20, 2012 Tea Time with Marce rated it really liked it
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
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