Girl's murderer says if serial killer lives, he shouldn't die

There are 49 comments on the The Herald story from Nov 29, 2005, titled Girl's murderer says if serial killer lives, he shouldn't die. In it, The Herald reports that:

South King County's Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, admitted killing 48 women and he escaped the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

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elien

Seattle, WA

#22 Mar 24, 2007
Here's an idea: instead of investing tons of money in those sentenced for death, execute the murderers and spend the money that would have gone towards their food and security on vaccinating or feeding children in underdeveloped countries. Many many more innocent lives would be preserved.

“Bix Dugan”

Since: Mar 07

Sherman

#23 Mar 24, 2007
Ridgeway was able to use his knowledge as power and leverage solely because of police and legal system ineptness and incompetence at multiple levels throughout the case. Investigators had a choice: they could have showed some spine, assumed they had the smarts to outwit this halfwit, promised the girl's families they would never rest until everyone was accounted for, and brought him to the justice he deserved. Instead, they chose the path of least resistance and played the home version of "Lets Make a Deal," with a lifetime solitary suite behind door number three.

The point is that as long as you let police and prosecutors keep taking the path of least resistance, they will always take it. Best solution: Tell all the elected and unelected officials on your payroll directly you have zero tolerance for any haggling that helps them get away with not doing their jobs.

The death penalty does not need to be "fair." It does need to be unilateral, with no exceptions for race, color, creed,sex, age, IQ, bodycount or relative competence level of the police and prosecutors at the time of crime.
Billyball

Harrah, WA

#24 Mar 24, 2007
I'M SORRY, BUT....GAG ME!
NOW LET'S SAY, YOUR CHILD WAS RAPED AND MURDERED AT THE AGE OF 6 YRS, IT'S VERY DOUBTFUL THAT YOU WOULD BE SAYING, " GEEZ, WHY? DID THEY NEED LEXAPRO? WELLBUTRIN? LET'S FIND OUT WHY! THESE POOR PEOPLE." "IT'S A SHAME MY KIDS DEAD, BUT, IT'S IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE." "HOPEFULLY, IT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN."
Highlander wrote:
Regardless the race of a murderer, would it not be advantagous to find out WHY those people do what they do?
If it's merely a chemical imbalance, would it not be beneficial to discover that and perhaps prevent any such occurance of their's in the future?
If your automobile suddenly breaks down, and in the process gets you into an accident, do you shoot it/hang it/gas it/lethally inject it? Or, do you find out why it failed, and fix it?
While it's true that humans are way more complex, it also follows that solving their inner problems requires a greater degree of understanding a thing which we should dedicate very much more effort.
If, in taking out the trash, we toss out the baby with the bath water, we have lost another opportunity to study the essence of the 'why,' and in the process do our own selves a great disservice by disposing of the evidence which could well have saved us from similar murders in the future.
Maggie

Cookeville, TN

#25 Mar 25, 2007
elien wrote:
Here's an idea: instead of investing tons of money in those sentenced for death, execute the murderers and spend the money that would have gone towards their food and security on vaccinating or feeding children in underdeveloped countries. Many many more innocent lives would be preserved.
better idea....let's worry about the hungry children in our oun country first. there's plenty of oprahs and angelinas out there to take care of the other countries.
karen

Gibsons, Canada

#26 Apr 2, 2007
SLN wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree with you. Unfortunately, these "people" sit on death row and drain tax dollars for years and years. I believe in the appeals process but a death sentence should mean death. Some of these people sit on death row for 10 - 15 years before their sentence is carried out. The victim's families have to wait too long for justice.
are you a family member of a victim waiting for justice? forgive me, but i highly doubt it. you can't know how they feel unless you've been in their shoes.
OKIE1

Muskogee, OK

#27 Apr 3, 2007
Gary Ridgeway, Ted Bundy, and others all have 1 thing in common: They have no regrets or squeemishness about dishing out a death sentence to others, but when it comes to their own death sentences, they are such COWARDS that they fight like hell, hollering about the inhumanity of it, etc., in an effort to avoid the their own death sentences. Why do you suppose that is?
ta3lor

El Dorado Springs, MO

#28 Jun 8, 2008
He needs to die...i mean who dosent even deserve to have a life in prison after what he did to all thoose girls.
redneck chick

Leesville, LA

#29 Jun 18, 2008
Amanda Densmore wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes we all know that many people are wrongly convicted but in this case there are no excauses he needs to die!!!! 48 lives have been taken what does that prove??
The only reason that he was allowed to live is to give the family closure. I think its better that he has to live everyday with what he did dying is too easy for a man like Gary he has to wake up everyday and live with what he did what i think is messed up about the whole ordeal is that the only regret that he has is that he got caught yes he should die but what gives us the right to play God. If we kill this low-life then we are just as guily as he is.
maddmom

Brownwood, TX

#30 Jul 1, 2008
Highlander wrote:
Regardless the race of a murderer, would it not be advantagous to find out WHY those people do what they do?
If it's merely a chemical imbalance, would it not be beneficial to discover that and perhaps prevent any such occurance of their's in the future?
If your automobile suddenly breaks down, and in the process gets you into an accident, do you shoot it/hang it/gas it/lethally inject it? Or, do you find out why it failed, and fix it?
While it's true that humans are way more complex, it also follows that solving their inner problems requires a greater degree of understanding a thing which we should dedicate very much more effort.
If, in taking out the trash, we toss out the baby with the bath water, we have lost another opportunity to study the essence of the 'why,' and in the process do our own selves a great disservice by disposing of the evidence which could well have saved us from similar murders in the future.
these things you speak of are true,but why tie up court time on them tried and sentenced treat and test them in jail,for some there is no treatment or pill that can fix them but alas lets waste tax payers money more on them and not on our own children out side the jail systems.work with them to better the things before they happen.it all starts in the home.
turk

United States

#31 Jul 1, 2008
Like the way taxpayer's money was wasted on your schooling?
Chad Ackers

Charlottesville, VA

#32 Jan 6, 2010
viccy wrote:
these killers are sick its not a competition to who killed the most. one murder or forty eight murders , murder is murder. anyone who kills and rapes a child deserves to die.
i disagree 110% he should not die he has been cooperative with the police. he has help them and like 6 different families find their lost loved ones. he has gave them the closer of knowing were their daughter was placed. Also he will never get out he is serving 48 life sentences without the possibility of parole. sure he did a very bad thing but he did help some of the families. even the attorneys asked the other victims families if they agree with the plea agreement and most of them did for the other families sake.
Missinformed

Jonesboro, GA

#33 Jan 8, 2010
WAKE UP wrote:
STATISTICS SHOW THAT HERE IN THE USA THE SAME CRIME GETS DIFFERENT SENTENCES.......READ THE STATISTICS!!!!! THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN.....IF YOU ARE RICH AND WHITE YOU WILL LIKELY GET OFF! IF YOU ARE POOR AND OF COLOR YOU WILL LIKELY HEAR THE CLANG OF METAL DOORS CLOSE BEHIND YOU !!!!! WAKE UP THERE IS A BIGGER PICTURE HERE......GET INFORMED AND LETS FIX THE TERRIBLY BROKEN SYSTEM......

Wait a minute. Was OJ white? He was rich and had skin of color and he got away with murder. Free man! No jail time or death penalty.
That Mikey Mike

Downey, CA

#34 Jan 10, 2010
WAKE UP wrote:
STATISTICS SHOW THAT HERE IN THE USA THE SAME CRIME GETS DIFFERENT SENTENCES.......READ THE STATISTICS!!!!! THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN.....IF YOU ARE RICH AND WHITE YOU WILL LIKELY GET OFF! IF YOU ARE POOR AND OF COLOR YOU WILL LIKELY HEAR THE CLANG OF METAL DOORS CLOSE BEHIND YOU !!!!! WAKE UP THERE IS A BIGGER PICTURE HERE......GET INFORMED AND LETS FIX THE TERRIBLY BROKEN SYSTEM......
Someone forgot to tell that to the juries of Scott Petersen and David Westerfield.
That Mikey Mike

Downey, CA

#35 Jan 10, 2010
Big Stupid wrote:
Ridgeway was able to use his knowledge as power and leverage solely because of police and legal system ineptness and incompetence at multiple levels throughout the case. Investigators had a choice: they could have showed some spine, assumed they had the smarts to outwit this halfwit, promised the girl's families they would never rest until everyone was accounted for, and brought him to the justice he deserved. Instead, they chose the path of least resistance and played the home version of "Lets Make a Deal," with a lifetime solitary suite behind door number three.
The point is that as long as you let police and prosecutors keep taking the path of least resistance, they will always take it. Best solution: Tell all the elected and unelected officials on your payroll directly you have zero tolerance for any haggling that helps them get away with not doing their jobs.
The death penalty does not need to be "fair." It does need to be unilateral, with no exceptions for race, color, creed,sex, age, IQ, bodycount or relative competence level of the police and prosecutors at the time of crime.
If it weren't for the deals, the legal system would be far more behind than it is already. Although yeah, they shouldn't make deals on multiple murders even if it solves cold cases.
Only30

Las Vegas, NV

#36 Jan 19, 2010
Dan Walter wrote:
<quoted text>
You "fix the system" by your VOTE. Any other approach is doomed to failure. Only children believe otherwise.
Please, our politicians are so dirty. I used to be optimistic, when I was at a young age of 20. I now I realize that voting, while at least people are paying enough attention to do something, isn't enough! As long as we keep these same slimy politicians in power, our power will continue to be nothing. Call me crazy, honestly, I just think it took me that long to wake up.
Only30

Las Vegas, NV

#37 Jan 19, 2010
Oh yeah, and this is not always a race issue. My brother is white. Spent 8 years in jail for a non-violent crime. Yet during those eight years I could count on both hands how many times baby killers got less time in jail then he did. Not saying my brother isn't guilty, just saying it's not a race issue as much as as socioeconomic issue. Come on now.
Woosh

Marysville, WA

#38 Feb 17, 2010
Murder is wrong no one should be allowed to walk freely if they have taken anothers life. So if murder is wrong how is it we can murder a murderer are they no longer human because they have killed? I am sorry no matter how sick and twisted the person may be I do not think we have the right to take away somthing like there life. Is that not what they are being killed for? It just seems like what little kids do he hit me first kinda thing its not right.
turk

United States

#39 Feb 20, 2010
Woosh wrote:
...take away somthing like there life.
I dunno, maybe you need to be executed for the murder of the English language. I can excuse the misspelled word but damn, learn the difference between there and their.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#40 Feb 20, 2010
SLN wrote:
The victim's families have to wait too long for justice.
Too bad for their entitlement mentality, for it is the CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, not the VICTIM'S JUSTICE SYSTEM.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#41 Feb 20, 2010
Jan wrote:
<quoted text>Does anyone ever think of the family of the criminal? If the victim's family are vengeful, they may believe that only capital punishment can bring them justice, but there is another innocent family involved. Is it right to condemn these people to grief?
I think all murderers should be imprisoned for life. No execution.
The death penalty should only be used on a public official who violates his oath of office or any member of the government that violates their oath of enlistment or thier officer's oath.

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