VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
B.C. serial killer task force looks to Green River case: Files opened at Seattle meeting
CanWest News Service
Ten members of B.C.'s Missing Women's police task force were at a Seattle seminar Wednesday to discuss how to catch and prosecute serial killers.
Members of B.C.'s Missing Women's Task Force went to Seattle Wednesday hoping insight into Gary Ridgway would aid in the Robert Pickton case.
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The King County prosecutors' office has recently released a torrent of investigative material on Green River killer Gary Leon Ridgway, who pleaded guilty in 2003 to 48 counts of aggravated first-degree murder in killings from 1982 to 1991.
It is believed two computer disks containing 7,000 pages of receipts and other documents released Tuesday may hold evidence of Ridgway's travels to Canada. Vancouver police have 65 women listed as missing, most of whom were sex trade workers.
"There are approximately 10 investigators at a seminar in Seattle . . . attended by other police departments as well. It's basically a seminar on sharing best practices with respect to major crime and case management on major investigations," said RCMP Cpl. Cate Galliford, task force spokeswoman.
Galliford said she could not confirm or deny whether the investigators will view any of the material being released on Ridgway or whether the task force is searching for evidence of Ridgway's travels to B.C.
"We have consistently shared information and exchanged information with the Green River Task Force and that process is ongoing," she said.
Port Coquitlam pig farmer Robert Pickton, 54, has been charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder. prosecutors have said he could face seven more charges.
The task force is investigating the disappearance of at least 40 more women, mostly from Vancouver's drug-infested downtown eastside.
Ridgway was sentenced last December to 48 life sentences without parole. The plea bargain he struck means Ridgway will never face the death penalty in King County, Wash.
It is known he travelled widely in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, including California and Oregon and has confessed to "planting" body parts from the Green River victims near Portland, Ore.
King County deputy prosecuting attorney Lisa Lawrence said she has released "in response to public disclosure requests" 111 DVDs that contain audio and video records of six months' of police interviews with Ridgway, including field trips to sites where he confessed to dumping bodies.
Derek Cohn, chief executive officer of Chameleon Data, said his company has organized more than 400 hours of video and more than 8,500 pages of transcripts of interviews with Ridgway.
The latest material released includes "gas receipts, hotel bills as well as evidentiary reports," said Dohn.
Even some of the victims' families have requested the material that costs about $2,400 US.
© The Calgary Herald 2004
Updated: January 01, 2007