Mother of victim sues Green River killer

May 9, 2005 at 7:10 PM
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SEATTLE, May 9 (UPI) -- The mother of one of the victims of the Green River Killer in Washington is suing to prevent Gary Ridgway and his ex-wife from profiting from their stories.

Kathy Mills -- whose 16-year-old daughter was killed in 1982 -- has said she will drop a wrongful-death lawsuit against Ridgway and his wife, Judith, as long as they send a portion of any profits toward helping young women such as those who fell victim to the serial killer.

Mills said she wants to see even the smallest bit of good come rom the 48 killings, said her attorney, William Bailey, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Monday.

Ridgway is legally barred from making money from his case, but his ex-wife, Judith Mawson, has refused to give one-third of any proceeds to the Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

An attorney for Mawson, however, argued she should not be held liable for Ridgway's actions before they were married.

Mawson "is basically just trying to free herself from this entire episode in her life" and "wants the freedom she should have as an innocent victim" of her husband's secret life, said attorney Jeffrey Burnham.

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