Discovery-owned true crime net Investigation Discovery will debut the Arrow Media-produced, two-hour special The Green River Killer: Mind of a Monster this month.
Serial killer Gary Ridgway earned his moniker from the area where he chose to dispose of his victims, along the banks of the Green River in Washington. Ridgway — who utilized the Pacific Highway South to stalk victims — was convicted of killing 49 women between 1982 and 2001, though he confessed to 71 murders and it is believed he committed more than 90.
A suspect from as early as 1983, Ridgway evaded investigators for nearly two decades as they struggled to conclusively link him to the crimes. Ridgway was eventually caught in 2001, after DNA linked him to some of his early victims.
Through tapes, interviews with investigators and video archive of police interviews, The Green River Killer: Mind of a Monster reveals insight into Ridgway, including how his “troubling” childhood behavior morphed into a “morbid motivation to murder.”
“The Green River Killer is, conceivably, one of the clearest examples that evil exists in our world,” Henry S. Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, said in a statement. “The confessions of this depraved serial killer revealed in this installment of Mind of a Monster expose the truths behind a violent predator with complete disregard for human life.”
The Green River Killer: Mind of a Monster premieres Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Sam Starbuck is executive producer for Arrow Media; John Owens is series producer and Tom Brisley is creative director. For Investigation Discovery, Eugenie Vink is executive producer and Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production.