CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Serial sexual murderers and prostitutes as their victims: Difficulty profiling perpetrators and victim vulnerability as illustrated by the Green River Case

Department

Department of Family Therapy; Department of Justice and Human Services

Publication Date

1-10-2007

Publication Title

Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention

ISSN or ISBN

1474-3310

Volume

7

Issue

1

First Page

77

Last Page

89

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

Gary Ridgway, the Green River killer, is the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, preying upon the most vulnerable of victims: prostitutes. This paper examines the difficulty experienced by law enforcement officials when trying to develop the profile of a serial sexual murderer, as illustrated by the Green River case. The lives and experiences of prostitutes are examined to establish their level of susceptibility to crime while also exploring the customers who frequent them. A summary of current research on criminal profiling is analyzed in conjunction to the Green River case with the goal of obtaining an understanding of the drives and motivations behind these crimes. In addition, the forensic and ethical implications of the case are discussed.

DOI

10.1093/brief-treatment/mhl021

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