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When Serial Killers Strike: The Green River Killer

“I killed so many women I have a hard time keeping them straight.”

In the spring of 1984, Gary Ridgway took his son on a weekend camping trip to Oregon.

Gary Ridgway pled guilty to killing 49 women, including Wendy Coffield, and claimed he killed many more.

The victims of the Green River Killer

Gary Leon Ridgway pleaded guilty to the murders of 49 women committed in King County, Washington between 1982 and 1998. 46 of those victims have been identified.

Above are Ridgway's own words from his statement to the court describing when he killed them and what he did with their bodies.

An undated photo of Kristen Gilbert, a nurse at a veterans hospital in Massachusetts who was convicted of killing four of her patients.

When Serial Killers Strike: The Angel of Death on Ward C

“There are three explosive devices in building one. You have two hours,” the caller said.

James Perrault received the first of several threatening phone calls around 5:30 p.m. on September 26, 1996, according to court records. Perrault, a hospital police officer, was on duty at the security desk at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Map of Austin, Texas in 1885, the year of the servant girl murders

When Serial Killers Strike: The Austin Servant Girl Murders

James Phillips stood barefoot in a Texas courtroom holding his 175-pound attorney in his arms, trying to convince a jury that his footprints were too small to match those left by his wife's killer.

Eula Phillips had been dragged from their Austin home on Christmas Eve 1885 and brutally murdered, court records show. It appeared at the time that her attacker had also severely wounded James Phillips with an ax, and yet there he was several months later, on trial for Eula's murder.

When Serial Killers Strike: The California Freeway Killer

When Serial Killers Strike: The California Freeway Killer

On the night of February 22, 1996, William George Bonin requested two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three pints of coffee ice cream and three six-packs of Coke for dinner. He watched “Jeopardy” while he ate.

Hours later, he put on a new pair of denim pants and a blue work shirt and was led to the execution chamber at San Quentin Prison, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

When serial killers strike: The Cross-Country Killer

When serial killers strike: The Cross-Country Killer

Tina Marie Cribbs met Glen Rogers in a bar near Tampa, Florida, on November 5, 1995.

A bartender at the Showtown Bar later described the man as clean-cut and well-groomed with brilliant blue eyes, according to court documents. He introduced himself to others at the bar as “Randy.”

When Serial Killers Strike: Gacy’s unknown victims

John Wayne Gacy was convicted in 1980 of killing 33 men and boys in the Chicago area between 1972 and 1978.

Authorities say Gacy, a contractor and part-time party clown, lured his victims with promises of construction jobs, drugs, alcohol or money for sex, or by posing as a police officer.