The Green River Killer has been charged with his 49th count of first-degree aggravated murder. The Green River Killer is accused of killing Becky Marrero, a charge that was leveled against him on Monday by King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. The chargers had been rumored ever since the body of a woman were found in December and clues pointed toward the man who had been dubbed the Green River Killer.
According to KIRO TV out of Seattle, Satterberg made the announcement at a press conference on Monday, revealing that they believe they know who the woman was they recovered back on Dec. 21 in Auburn. She was identified as Becky Marrero, a woman who has been missing since Dec. 3, 1982.
Marrero had left a motel room at South 168th and Pacific Highway South, leaving behind a then 3-year-old daughter. Over the years, her disappearance had been linked to the crimes the Green River Killer was accused of committing, but they had no direct evidence to charge him with that crime.
It seems that this may finally bring some closure to Marrero’s daughter, but that may be of little comfort almost 30 years later. Now that the evidence is in hand, prosecutors are finally ready to bring this case against Gary Leon Ridgway. It’s not going to be a tough sale either, as King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng had the forward thinking to make a deal in the 2003 case against Ridgway through a plea deal.
In the plea deal that was struck with Ridgway, it stated that he would plead guilty to all future cases in which his original confessions could be corroborated with reliable evidence that investigators came up with. In other words, there are more suspected victims out there, and the plea deal was designed to make sure that they could find justice if the prosecution could put together a believable case that pointed the finger at Ridgway. Now they are about to do just that.
Ridgway was spared the death penalty by making this plea deal, and had actually already confessed to the killing of Marrero. Rather than risk bringing charges against him when they didn’t have a lot of proof in the case, the prosecution team at that time thought the plea deal would be the best-case scenario. It turns out that they were right, and now Marrero is about to get a small form of justice out of it.
This case goes all the way back to its unveiling in 1982, when the first discovery of victims took place on the Green River. It has since been a source of negative news for Western Washington, but slowly the crimes have been dealt with in the courts . Ridgway has been suspected in 49 murders, but there could be untold crimes he committed that he has still not admitted to committing.