- Judith Lorraine Lynch, also known as Judith Mawson was the third wife of America’s serial killer Gary Ridgway who was responsible for the killing of about 70-90 women
- She was married to the 74 years killer for 13 years and thought of him as a perfect man who hid his ills from her
- After their divorce in 2001, she narrated the Green River Serial Killer: Biography of an Unsuspecting Wife; refused to marry again and spends time with friends in church
Judith Lorraine Lynch was only a woman in love who caught herself in one of the most talked-about serial killings in America. This was due to her marriage to Gary Ridgway – a serial killer that loomed America, killing about 70-90 women in 20 years.
Despite this, the ex-wife of one of the most prolific serial killers in the US that has been dubbed the Green River Killer has also been able to turn herself into the public as a narrator who inspired the Green River Serial Killer: Biography of an Unsuspecting Wife book.
Gary is Judith’s Second Husband
Before Judith Mawson met Gary Ridgway, a former spray painter at a truck factory, she had been married to a man whose identity has been concealed.
Gary first married his high school love, Claudia Kraig, around 1969-1970. At the time, he was 20-21 years old while Kraig was 19.
His sexual escapades, especially after he joined the United States Navy gave him gonorrhea and when he could make his path straight, he divorced within a year.
In 1973, the former husband of Judith married Marcia Lorene Brown. The marriage produced a son but ended in divorce in 1981.
She Had an Almost Perfect Marriage With Gary Ridgway
It was in 1985 that Judith Lorraine Lynch, also known as Judith Mawson met Gary and started dating. Their relationship was said to be an almost perfect one that lasted about 3 years.
In 1988, they tied the knot and according to her, he made her happy and treated her like a lady.
The marriage enjoyed the bliss before it was cut short when she found out that her great husband was not so great after all. He had crimes relating to the killing of women and was arrested in 2001.
Her findings would lead to a divorce that was finalized in 2002.
The Crimes of the TheEx-Husband of Judith Lorriane Lynch that Led to Their Divorce
From childhood, her February 18, 1949-born ex, Gary was described as not so normal and even stabbed a 6-year-old.
Well, it took him to get the 1980s to start hunting for women who were mostly sex workers and young runaway girls. After having sex with them, Judith’s husband of 13 years would kill them through strangulation.
In other reports, it has been recorded that he would sometimes travel just to get rid of the bodies. Obviously, he was too good at it that he was not caught until 20 years later.
He was said to have gone back to the bodies of many of his victims to continue having sex with them.
Based on other reports, his crimes depreciated after he met Judith whom he would open up to falling in love with truly. It is said that he was responsible for killing 3 women out of the supposed 70-90 he had killed. As such, Judith would be said to have been responsible for saving some lives.
Although Gary was arrested in 1982 and 2001 on prostitution-related crimes, he was not called out for murder. In 1983, he became the suspect in the Green River killings, and in 1984, he passed a polygraph test (a lie detector test).
Judith had claimed to not have heard of the Green River Killer until her ex’s arrest in 2001 after his DNA matched the semen and saliva found in some victims. She did not leave him at the time and believed that the police got the wrong man.
However, she subsequently heard his testimony and ended the marriage. He pleaded guilty to 48 charges of first-degree murder.
Where is Judith Lorraine Lynch Since Her Divorce?
Since the divorce of Mawson from the serial killer who has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, she reportedly remained single for the reason that it was difficult for her to trust any man.
Regardless, she has appeared in a number of interviews and gave her account through a Pennie Wood written biography of her in She Married the Green River Serial Killer: The Story of an Unsuspecting Housewife.
At the time of this writing, Gary serves his prison term in confinement.
His story has been told in several works of art such as:
- Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?, a documentary that features her story and her former husband in its 9th episode (2010)
- Crimes that Shook the World (2006)
- The Capture of the Greeb River Killer, a TV movie about the crimes of Gary