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

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In the most extraordinary book Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than forty-nine young women. The quest to discover the most prolific serial killer in American history has been an intimate part of Ann Rule's life, with some of the corpses found only ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published October 31st 2004 by Gallery Books (first published 2004)
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Ana
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-reads, crime
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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!

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People fly off the handle over the silliest things.

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See what I mean.

Alright, back to the matter at hand. Heralded as th
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Matthew
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, true-crime, 2016
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
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Mel
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ma ...more
Marcella Wigg
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 meas ...more
Lightreads
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 year
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Catten
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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JBradford
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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rachel
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 ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
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
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
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Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.

She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching th
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