The Green River murders were headline news throughout the 1980s. By the time the perpetrator was sentenced in 2003, at least 48 young women had met an untimely death at his hands.
Arleen Williams experienced this tragedy first hand. Her younger sister was killed by the murderer. Now, "The Thirty Ninth Victim" tells her family's tale. Williams is reading an excerpt from her book from 4-6 p.m. at South Seattle Community College in the Cascade Courtyard Room. For more info call 206-764-5338.
What started as a string of local killings in Seattle became a national nightmare before it was over. In homes all across America, television news programs and newspapers large and small carried feature stories about the ever-growing list of victims.
During this time, Williams' sister went missing. The police were at best unhelpful, and at worst, seemingly uninterested in what happened to her.
And then comes word they hoped they'd never receive: their youngest sister's remains had been found. She was yet another victim of the Green River killer.
Arleen Williams tells the story of her family's journey, before and after the Green River killer murdered her sister Maureen and left her body in a stretch of wilderness off the west side of Highway 18. The book gives you a window into the family dynamics that contributed to this life-altering tragedy.
Williams shares this recounting of her family's trauma through one of the most atrocious streaks of serial killings in American history.
Williams is currently a teacher at South Seattle Community College and has been teaching the English language for the past 30 years.