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Who Is The Green River Killer? How Detectives Played Into Gary Ridgway’s Personality To Prompt 48 Murder …

The Green River Killer evaded police for dozens of years before being caught and convicted of 48 murders in 2001. FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole was a part of the team that finally forced confessions from him, a job which proved to be a daunting team effort, which took months. The extravagant interview tactics chosen by the team of detectives is shown in Saturday’s episode of Criminal Confessions, and footage from the months-long interrogation is spotlighted to show how truly trying the interactions were.

O’Toole was brought in when it became clear the Green River Killer, or Gary Ridgway, was not going to reveal necessary details, like the burial locations of his victims, on his own accord. She’s trained to interact with serial killers by casing their personalities: Ridgway had the shared characteristics of psychopathic personalities, including pathological lying and extreme narcissism. O’Toole used that to her advantage.

She explained to Newsweek her

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Green River Killer on TV: ‘Nothing remarkable at all about him’ to suggest he was violent

One of Washington’s most notorious serial killers will be featured Saturday (Nov. 24) on “Criminal Confessions,” a documentary series that focuses on police interrogations.

Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, now 69, has been interrogated countless times since he was first arrested in 2001.

Although Ridgway was convicted of killing 49 women, officials estimate the number is between 60 and 80.

“There was nothing remarkable at all about him to suggest that he could be a violent offender at the level that he was,” Mary Ellen O’Toole, an FBI profiler who first interviewed Ridgeway in 2003, told Fox News. “Nothing.”

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O’Toole shares her story about interrogating Ridgway in Oxygen’s series, which will air at 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The show provides an inside look into police interviews and how detectives use psychology to draw confessions

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Oxygen’s ‘Criminal Confessions’ Exposes Prolific Green River Killer Gary Ridgway’s Double Life (EXCLUSIVE)

He is known as the most prolific serial killer in the history of the United States, but he was as nice and normal as they come. Gary Ridgway, aka the Green River Killer, lived a normal life even though he is believed to have murdered more than 90 women throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Gary pleaded guilty to 48 murders in 2003, and he is currently serving a life sentence without parole. Now, in Oxygen’s upcoming episode of Criminal Confessions, true crime aficionados will be able to find out how FBI profiler, Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole helped authorities to get inside Gary’s mind in order to get him to confess. In an exclusive interview with In Touch, Dr. O’Toole opened up about what it was like sitting face-to-face Gary.

“The reality of the number of murders that Gary committed really stood out to me. He was a quiet, somewhat demure

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Green River Killer Gary Ridgway has likely murdered more women who may never be found, says former FBI profiler

There was nothing remarkable at all about him to suggest that he could be a violent offender at the level that he was,” said a former FBI profiler about Green River Killer Gary Ridgway.

“There was nothing remarkable at all about him to suggest that he could be a violent offender at the level that he was,” said a former FBI profiler about “Green River Killer” Gary Ridgway.
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When Mary Ellen O’Toole was face-to-face with the so-called Green River Killer, she was shocked by what she saw.

“He’s kind of a quiet guy,” the former FBI profiler told Fox News about murderer Gary Ridgway, who is convicted of 49 murders but suspected of many more. “I want to say, this word is not the best word, but

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Green River Killer Gary Ridgway has likely murdered more women who may never be found, says former FBI prof…

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Green River Killer possibly killed more women

A new episode of Oxygen’s ‘Criminal Confessions’ is featuring the case of Gary Ridgway, the ‘Green River Killer.’ Former FBI profiler says he has likely murdered more women who may never be found.

When Mary Ellen O’Toole was finally face-to-face with the so-called Green River Killer, she was shocked by what she saw.

“He’s kind of a quiet guy,” the former FBI profiler told Fox News about murderer Gary Ridgway, who is convicted of 49 murders but suspected of many more. “I want to say, this word is not the best word, but he comes across as being respectful. He could smile, he smiled,” she said.

“He had a sense of humor, not a great one, but he did. He responded to questions. You could have a conversation with him. There was

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Green River Killer: Gary Ridgway on ‘Criminal Confessions’

He is known as the most prolific serial killer in the history of the United States, but he was as nice and normal as they come. Gary Ridgway, aka the Green River Killer, lived a normal life even though he is believed to have murdered more than 90 women throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Gary pleaded guilty to 48 murders in 2003, and he is currently serving a life sentence without parole. Now, in Oxygen’s upcoming episode of Criminal Confessions, true crime aficionados will be able to find out how FBI profiler, Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole helped authorities to get inside Gary’s mind in order to get him to confess. In an exclusive interview with In Touch, Dr. O’Toole opened up about what it was like sitting face-to-face Gary.

“The reality of the number of murders that Gary committed really stood out to me. He was a quiet, somewhat demure

Read more at: https://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/green-river-killer-gary-ridgway-on-criminal-confessions/

Another Family May Have Plunged Into River Near Hart Clan Crash Site

Investigators are searching for a family whose SUV may have been seen plunging into the Eel River in Southern California on Friday. The California Highway Patrol, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue and volunteer fire departments have responded to the scene but have been unable to locate the vehicle due to the strong river currents and poor visibility in the area, reports CBS San Francisco.

The Thottappilly family—Sandeep, 42, Soumya 38, Siddhant, 12 and Saachi, 9— were driving from Portland, Oregon in a maroon Honda Pilot to San Jose when they stopped communicating with family in Valencia, California on Thursday. A relative became concerned and contacted San Jose Police Department.

A witness recalled seeing an SUV matching the one belonging to the Thottapilly family flip over into the river. “The next thing I know, it’s on two wheels and I’m going by and it’s flipping over,” the witness told ABC Los Angeles

“The vehicle was completely

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CDC Employee Timothy Cunningham Found Dead In River Months After Mysterious Disappearance

The body of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employee Timothy Cunningham turned up in a river in Atlanta this week, two months after his mysterious disappearance, officials said Thursday.

The Atlanta Police Department revealed that Cunningham’s corpse had been recovered in the Chattahoochee River on Tuesday. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the body two days later. 

Fulton County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Gorniak said the autopsy was completed on Wednesday and Cunningham’s body identified through dental records. She noted that the preliminary cause of death is drowning, but the investigation is ongoing for an official cause. It’s also unclear if the suspected drowning was accidental.

There were no signs of foul play, Gorniak said.

Chief Byron Kennedy, first deputy chief of the Atlanta Police Department, said that a swift water dive team was deployed to assist with the search. 

Cunningham, 35, disappeared mysteriously in February. Cunningham aided the CDC in responses to Ebola and Zika

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5 Dead After Helicopter Crashes Into NYC River While Pilot Escapes

A pilot was the sole survivor of a deadly helicopter crash on Sunday evening. All five passengers aboard a private charter perished as the helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River, not far from Roosevelt Island.

Videos taken by a witnesses shows the helicopter’s rotors slapping at the water as it lands hard on the river. The Federal Aviation Administration announced in a tweet that the accident happened around 7 p.m.

“It took awhile for the divers to get these people out. They worked very quickly as fast as they could,”  Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, said according to The Associated Press. “It was a great tragedy that we had here.”

All passengers were “tightly harnessed” and needed to be cut out of the copter.  Two of the five passengers were pronounced dead at the scene and the other three were hospitalized in critical condition before succumbing to their injuries. At

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Man Thrown Off Bridge Into Icy River 45 Feet Below After Trying To Break Up A Fight

Connecticut resident Gregory Rottjer, 25, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment after throwing a person who attempted to intervene during an argument with his girlfriend off a bridge, according to The Huffington Post.

The incident reportedly occurred around 1 AM on Thanksgiving day at the bridge connecting the cities of Shelton and Derby. Rottjer and his girlfriend, Jennifer Hannum, 22, were fighting verbally about Rottjer’s drinking habits when two bystanders “tried to see if the female was OK and then attempted to walk away,” Detective Richard Bango said. The two had been attempting to de-escalate the situation.

Rottjer and his friend, Matthew Dorso, then began attacking the pair of good samaritans. Rottjer intentionally threw one of the intervening bystanders off the 45-foot bridge. The victim landed in the frigid waters of the Housatonic River. A rescue crew was ultimately able to pull him out of the water.

“Credit is due to

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