KNOWN as the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway is responsible for the deaths of at least 49 people.
To most, Gary is seen as a heinous man, but to his family, that was not always the case and now true crime lovers want to know more about his son, Matthew Ridgway.
Who is Gary Ridgway's son Matthew?
Gary killed as many as 80 women throughout the 1980s and 1990s but was able to go undetected for so long by blending into society as a family man.
During his second marriage to Marcia Lorene Brown, he welcomed his son Matthew.
Growing up, Matthew and Gary would do normal father-son things, like riding bikes or going fishing, however, he would also use his son as a way of luring his victims.
Because his victims were women, he was able to use a picture of his son to get them into his vehicle, according to Ann Rule's 2005 book, Green River, Running Red.
Matthew later went on to serve in the Marines and was stationed near San Diego during the time of his father's arrest.
Where is Matthew now?
Matthew was 26 years old when his father was first arrested in November 2001.
Now, Matthew is in his late 40s and tends to stay out of the public eye, but is reportedly still residing in the San Diego area.
What happened to Gary Ridgway?
Gary was first arrested on November 30, 2001, for the murders of four women.
He later confessed to 44 additional murders as part of a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.
The plea bargain set the following term: Ridgway admits to all of his crimes and not just the seven in the indictment and he'll be spared the death penalty or the other option - be convicted of all seven murders and possibly face a death sentence.
Ridgway, who is now 73 years old, is serving out his sentence at the Washington State Penitentiary.