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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent study of these horrific crimes
Ann Rule is an experienced crime writer and that shows through in this sound, fair and thorough examination of the killer who haunted America for so long. Rule lives in the county where the Green River killings took place, and has such has a strong insight into the crimes that other writers do not, and excellent contacts with those in the Task Force. This enables her to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Green River, Running Red
Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, was the most prolific serial killer in American history, with at least 48 victims. You would have thought the story of the investigation of his crimes and his eventual capture would make for fascinating reading. Unfortunately this is not the case.

The problem for Rule is that there isn't really much of a story to tell...
Published on 23 Dec 2008 by Mr. J. Monday


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent study of these horrific crimes, 31 Jan 2005
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Stracs "Stracs" (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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Ann Rule is an experienced crime writer and that shows through in this sound, fair and thorough examination of the killer who haunted America for so long. Rule lives in the county where the Green River killings took place, and has such has a strong insight into the crimes that other writers do not, and excellent contacts with those in the Task Force. This enables her to write a thorough account of the ways the team went about trying to find the killer, and the struggles they faced. Both they and many of the victim's families have contributed to the book and this is one of its strongest features. You get a real insight into the lives of the victims and those they left behind, as well as a good sense of the effect of the investigation on the police officers involved.
Rule tries to examine each victim as an individual, in as much detail as I guess is available. This is a strong element of this book, as all too often the criminals dominate true crime and the victims are forgotten. Rule examines the kind of lives they have led to end up on the streets, and how they lived once they were there. Inevitably with so many victims the chronology of events can be a little difficult to follow in the book at times, but it is worth the effort as the study as a whole is excellent.
Rule does criticise the investigation where necessary, but she does so in a fair way, taking into consideration the enourmous difficulties they faced, and so the book is not sensationalist at all. Her insights into Gary Ridgeway, the killer, are really the weakest point of the book. That is not to say she does not write well about him and come to some reasonable conclusions. She examines his character and life as fully as is possible. The problem is that he is such an enigma and one of the most difficult killers to understand, that you are left feeling Rule has not really got to the heart of what Gary Ridgeway is about.
However, this does not detract too greatly from the book as a whole. Rule has come up with a fascinating read that details the case very well, and comes as close to understanding Gary Ridgway as perhaps anyone ever will. A must read for all true crime buffs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOUMENTAL, 27 Oct 2005
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Another great read by this ever popular lady, she excavates what we want and lays it out with style. Can she ever put a foot wrong, I doubt it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thorough account, 21 May 2006
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O. Doyle "celticshedevil" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Green River, Running Red: The True Story of America's Deadliest Serial Killer (Paperback)
I enjoy Ann Rules books as she has a knack of getting right into the middle of an investigation and her previous career as a policewoman gives her an edge over the psyche of the many murders she writes about.

I remember when Gary Ridgway was arrested in 2001 for the Green River murders and the coverage on the US news networks detailing his crimes. I couldn't believe that the murders dated back 20yrs and this ordinary looking guy was responsible for killing 48 women.....and probably more that he still hasn't admitted to.

Green River, Running Red doesn't just detail the crimes it details the victims who are often the ones forgotten in cases such as these. While Ridgway thought prostitutes were no more than `trash' they had families who were devastated by their disappearance. Even during his trial the only time he reacted was when some of the victims families forgave him for his heinous acts. While detailing how, where and when he killed his victims he couldn't even remember what they looked like.....they meant that little to him. Being called an `animal' by his victims families caused no reaction but being told he was forgiven brought a (crocodile) tear to his eye......this is one cold, calculating guy. All I can say is thank God for DNA testing or this unrepentant animal could still be roaming the streets.

I enjoyed Green River, Running Red as much as one can enjoy a book like this. But as a previous reader said I did feel that Ann Rule was making excuses for the task forces slack response in 1987 which resulted in Ridgway still walking the streets.

All in all a very thorough account of a heinous murderer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Green River, Running Red, 23 Dec 2008
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Mr. J. Monday (York, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Green River, Running Red: The True Story of America's Deadliest Serial Killer (Paperback)
Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, was the most prolific serial killer in American history, with at least 48 victims. You would have thought the story of the investigation of his crimes and his eventual capture would make for fascinating reading. Unfortunately this is not the case.

The problem for Rule is that there isn't really much of a story to tell. Ridgway, a man of very limited intelligence, is able to kill young women at an astonishing rate without the police ever coming close to stopping him. They seem happy to turn up and collect the bodies, scratch their heads for a while then go back to the station to eat donuts.

Rule, though, as an ex-policewoman and a confessed close friend of many of the leading investigators, refuses to criticise at any point the police's tactics (although she does astonishingly admit at one point many leading police officers thought the 'whores' brought it on themselves and were getting what they deserved).

As there is no cat-and-mouse style battle of wits between killer and police to write about, Rule instead fills hundreds of pages taking us into the lives of the victims of Ridgway: endless heartbreaking stories of basically good young girls going through a rebellious phase falling prey to a monster killing at will.

A great work on the Green River case would have to look into why so many of these young girls had to die, into the failings of the police. How many more would it have taken had Ridgway not, in 1985, slowed down from a murder every few weeks to a murder every few years?

It would also investigate the disturbing air of apathy in the community that Rule hints at. What I find most amazing about the case is not the police's ineffectuality but the public's lack of interest in their ineffectuality. Compare this to the Yorkshire Ripper case going on around the same time in the UK, which caused enough uproar to undermine all public confidence in the police.

As noted, the Green River Killer was the most prolific in US history, yet during his killing spree he was rarely mentioned in the press and unheard of outside the Pacific Northwest. The general feeling one gets from reading between the lines in Rule's book is everyone- police, politicians, public- was happy to sweep everything under the carpet and pretend the killings weren't happening. If a writer investigates this maybe we will have a book on the Green River case the victims deserve.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light-weight and highly subjective., 4 May 2007
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This review is from: Green River, Running Red: The True Story of America's Deadliest Serial Killer (Paperback)
This book tells a remarkable story - the story of a horribly prolific serial killer. But it is not the man that is so remarkable, nor the number of his victims. Serial killers are always shocking, and some have done to death a greater number of souls than 'The Green River Killer'.

What is so remarkable, is that in an investigation that spanned decades, cost millions of dollars, and consumed the lives of dozens of police officers; those very officers, with evidence staring them in the face, failed so abjectly and so persistently to catch their man. This failure stretched even beyond the arrest and into the subsequent interview phase. More remarkable still is the author's inability to understand this, bring it to light, and to draw appropriate conclusions. It must be said that the book lacks intellectual rigour, and also falls short in detailed and original research. There are no source notes, and at times the read is irrelevant and repetitive.

On the plus side, the story (once started) does move along at a reasonable pace, and contains good biographical information of the central, predictably mild-mannered, and ultimately vile character. It is easy to read; too easy in fact, as this should have been a detailed and complex study. One is left with the impression that Ms Rule has a heavy bias towards, or was too close to, the police officers involved in this horrific case, and that she does all she can to shield the fact that they failed most dreadfully, and that this failure cost several women their lives.

This is a light-weight account of a heavy-weight subject. In cases such as this, the central and most important question for a reader is: why did he do it? Invariably, this is an extremely difficult question to answer; but any book of merit, one with detailed research, psychological assessment, and subject comparison behind it, will at least attempt to do so. This book does not, and the reader is left saddened but none the wiser.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann Rule, 16 Sep 2013
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I just love this lady's books. She always gives such an insight into the crime and the solving of it. Loads of detail but no way is this boring. Highly recommend her books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann 'Rules' over other true crime writers, 14 Sep 2013
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When I see a title with Ann Rule's name, I know I can expect a painstakingly detailed background account of the crime in question, with a gripping story trajectory. Always sad family tales lie behind the scene and Ann sensitively portrays how bad decisions can lead to unhappiness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars horribly absorbing, 1 Jun 2013
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If you like a bit of murder I reccomend this book and of course its true. (or at least Miss Rules version of the truth).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serial killer, 19 April 2013
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Best ann rule book I've read so far. A very good read and insight into America's most prolific serial killer
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Rule comes up trumps again ....., 2 Mar 2007
This review is from: Green River, Running Red: The True Story of America's Deadliest Serial Killer (Paperback)
I am a big fan of Anne Rule . This book about GRK is a real page turner.

She also has the compassion to tell the backgrounds of all the young girls that were taken - this is right from the heart. I remebered the name of Green River Killer as it was mentioned in the Ted Bundy books - Ted offered detectives some pointers on how to catch this fellow - cheeky sod eh ?, so to hear that he finally had been caught on 2001 - was a blast from the past. GRK is another facinating story. Hats off to Miss Rule !!
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