The Green River Killer Case Study

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This case is on Gary Ridgway who went on a twenty year killing spree. “The man whom cops would call the Green River Killer was to murder at least 49 women. Some investigators think he killed as many as 90, which, if true, would make him the biggest serial murderer in U.S. history. At his peak in '83, he was murdering as many as five women a month” (Mcarthy, 2002). This case happened throughout the eighties but he wasn’t caught until 2001 because of new technology with DNA testing which connected him to them in which he then admitted to the rest of the murders. This man was charged with forty-eight murders in which turned into forty-eight consecutive life sentences without the chance of parole. He agreed to show them where all the bodies were…show more content…
This theory has roots from the classical theory which was developed by the Italian social thinker Cesare Beccaria. His approach to utilitarian powerfully influenced the criminal justice system and was extremely enfulencual and accepted in the United States and throughout Europe. Throughout the 1960s Nobel prize-winner Gary Becker along with the political scientist James Q. Wilson who wrote Thinking About Crime helped evolve the classical theory into a more modern theory based on the intelligent though process and criminal decision making. Which in the end formed what we know today as the rational choice theory Of course this theory is based upon “the view that crime is a function of a decision-making process in which the potential offender weighs the potential costs and benefits of an illegal act” (Siegel, 2001). But also with this theory personal factors were figured into his actions such as thrills and just the sere entertainment of raping and killing these women. Ridgeway clearly seen both sides of his choices, from being a suspect in the beginning then dropped as one then years later, returning to be the Green River killer convicted of the 48 murders. Also something else that is measured before the act is committed is the target availability and of course during this time in Seattle was ruff. From what Battistoni says “‘the most rampant juvenile prostitution in the country,’ during the 80s according to the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children” also according to the Seattle Police department “reported more than 2,000 prostitution arrests in a single year, an all-time record” which shows the availability of the girls. From the begging to the end of the Green River Killers spree, which strung over decades, he had plenty of girls that were desperate but the key factor in which no one would be looking for them for a while (Battistoni). So from this high era of

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