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Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--Americas Deadliest Serial Murderer
Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--Americas Deadliest Serial Murderer
Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--Americas Deadliest Serial Murderer
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Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--Americas Deadliest Serial Murderer

Written by Ann Rule

Narrated by Michele Pawk

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than forty-nine young women.
For twenty-one years, the Green River Killer carried out his self-described "career" as a killing machine, ridding the world of women he considered evil. His eerie ability to lure his victims to their deaths and hide their bodies made him far more dangerous than any infamous multiple murderer in the annals of crime.
A few men eventually emerged as the prime suspects among an unprecedented forty thousand scrutinized by the Green River Task Force. Still, there was no physical evidence linking any of them to the murders until 2001, when investigators used a new DNA process on a saliva sample they had preserved since 1987, with stunning results.
Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarryof who these young women were and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal audiobook of Ann Rule's long career.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateOct 1, 2004
ISBN9780743548991
Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--Americas Deadliest Serial Murderer
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Ann Rule

Ann Rule wrote thirty-five New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship with infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she used her firsthand expertise in all her books. For more than three decades, she was a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lived near Seattle and died in 2015.

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    Years ago, I read Small Sacrifices and was impressed with how well Rule clearly laid of the case, centered the story on the victims and investigators, and kept the timeline from becoming confusing. It was an engrossing read. I read a few true crime books in subsequent years, but only just now jumped back in to the genre. I happened to have this book on my shelf and decided to give it go. It’s her 23rd book, and I’ve not read those in between. So, I can only compare it to Small Sacrifices, and it comes up lacking.The main problem with the book is the twenty years it took to catch the Green River Killer. The murders were first discovered in the early 1980’s and almost all of the book focuses on those years. Rule outlines several failed suspect investigations, burial sites discoveries and introduces investigators as they join and leave the task force. But there isn’t much “investigation” after 1990. So, that leaves almost the entire book to be filled with victims – 48 known.Rule/the publisher opted to introduce each missing woman with a small photo of her (if available) before the entry about her disappearance and addition to the GRK list. This helps to keep them from just being anonymous murder victims, but only for so long. Despite a valiant effort by the author, and me as a reader, there are just so many that they begin to blur together: another young woman, living a hard life, snuffed out by a coldblooded killer. It took me much longer to read this book than usual, because it was heartbreaking, with little to break it up. There are passages describing the killer’s life during this period – kept to a minimum so as to reveal what his nature without glorifying him. There are also passages of biographical background on the key investigators. Yet, the big catch doesn’t take place until the very end. Readers will easily surmise that he would eventually be caught via DNA, once the technology became viable, so again, no real investigation there either - just a test and then bam! The fallout from his arrest, plea bargain, police interviews and revelations about what he did are interesting, but also disturbing.Overall, I didn’t find this as compelling as prior true crime books (by Rule or others) because it felt more like relentless tragedy. But perhaps that was the point.