Before moving to Washington I had heard all kinds of things about it, mostly about the weather. I wanted to know more about this place though since I was bringing my whole family. One of the things that I had heard was “Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults in Washington”. They say that there are actually more suicides then homicides. Interesting right? Well I guess it could have been better than a high serial killer count or something crazy like that, right? I started asking more questions after that but not to other people who have been there before, but to Google. Gotta love Google. I wanted to know not only about the suicide rates but the serial killers…. since the issue came up why not see what I could find and….well I started looking and this is what I came up with….
Turned out there are 41 serial killers that lived, worked, and killed here. Just to put it in perspective for you here is the list as well as their professions. The ones I highlighted are the ones I found particularly disturbing.
What is a serial killer?….
…..Two or more unrelated victims in distinctly separate incidents…..
1. John R Gasser
Student/state employee, Seattle/Olympia
2. James Dwight Canady
City water department employee,Seattle
3. Warren Forest
Clark County parks employee,Vancouver
4. Gary G. Grant
Navy enlistee, Renton
5. Ted Bundy
Law student, Tacoma at University of Washington
6. James Elledge
Part-time church janitor, Lynnwood
7. James Edward Rezicka
Stable cleaner, Redmond
8. Gary A Taylor (The Phantom Sniper)
Escaped mental patient, Burien
9. William Batten
Car lot worker, Aberdeen
10. Robert Yates, Jr.
Aluminum plant worker and Army Reserve helicopter pilot, Spokane
11. Kenneth Bianchi (The Hillside Strangler)
Security-alarm installer, Bellingham
12. Morris Frampton
Sprinkler system installer, Seattle
13. Stanley Bernson
Produce salesman, Spokane
14. Lewis Valley Killer – unknown
Investigators have a suspect, but have never made an arrest.
15. Randy Woodfield (I-5 Killer)
Bartender, Eugene/Portland, Ore.
16. Martin Lee Sanders
Long-haul trucker, Spokane
17. Charles Sinclair (Coin Shop Killer)
Died in jail in Alaska.
18. The .22 Caliber Killer – Identity unknown
19. Dwayne Elton
Army sergeant, Fort Lewis
20. William Scott Smith
Unemployed cook, Salem, Ore.
21. Bill Ray Ballard, Jr
Truck driver, Plains, Mont.
22. Joe Kondro
Laborer, mill worker, Longview
23. Gary Shaw
24. Daniel Yates
Tattoo artist, Bremerton
25. Dismemberment Murderer
One killer could be responsible for three murders in which the victims’ bodies were dismembered and dumped in remote areas in Snohomish County.
26. The Index Killer
One killer may be responsible for murders of two Seattle women whose bodies were dumped in the Index area in 1988
27. Wesley Allan Dodd
Shipping clerk, Clark County
28. Scott William Cox
Long-haul trucker, Newberg, Ore.
29. Keith Jesperson (Happy Face Killer)
Long-haul trucker, Yakima Valley/Portland
30. George Russell (Eastside Serial Killer)
Unemployed, Mercer Island
31. Robert Sidetrack Silveria (The Boxcar Killer)
Railroad transient (claimed to have killed 28 drifters while riding in a boxcar)
32. Jack Owen Spillman, III
Laborer, East Wenatchee
33. Robert Lee Parker
34. Rafael Resendez Ramirez (The Railroad Killer)
Day laborer, transient
35. Dwayne Lee Harris
36. John Eric Armstrong
U.S. Navy, Bremerton
37. Brian Keith Lord
Carpenter, Kitsap County
38. Gary Leon Ridgeway (The Green River Killer)
Forty-nine murders are attributed to the Green River Killer, whose victims were prostitutes and runaways in the Puget Sound area.
Gary A. Ridgway, a South King County truck painter, is accused of killing Cynthia Hines, Opal Mills and Marcia Chapman in 1982 and Carol Christensen in 1983. Although all four deaths have been attributed to the killer, and Ridgway remains a suspect in other deaths, authorities are careful not to call him the Green River Killer.
Status: Ridgway arrested in 2001, awaiting trial. The Green River investigation continues.
39. Michael J. Braae
40. John R. Gasser
41. John A. Muhammad
If you would like to read more about what it was they did the full description can be found here : Source
So if there are more suicides then homicide people here must be really, really, really sad to beat the list of victims, conceived from this list of killers.
…And it seemed like such a beautiful, quite state….