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More to gain if Ridgway lives
Gary Ridgway deserves death, but the families of the victims deserve closure. There are several ways to look at this horrendous case.
Insist on death and Ridgway keeps quiet about unknown victims, and the families will never know for sure. The death penalty, with the numerous appeal possibilities, could last for many years, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars more. He not only is a murderer but also becomes a rapist of the taxpayer. I guess he is already that.
Life imprisonment without parole gives Ridgeway the incentive to cooperate with investigators. More families of the victims will now learn the truth of their loved-ones fates.
Life in prison is much less expensive than the appeal process. Although the families and King County taxpayers have lost much, more is gained by allowing Gary Ridgway to live.
Roger W. Hancock