In 1982, Homicide Detective David Reichert became the first detective assigned to investigate what would eventually become known as the Green River murders. Named after the river south of Seattle, where the first of forty-eight victims of this murderer would be found, this investigation eventually became, because of the number of victims, one of the worst serial murder cases in U.S. history.
Twenty years after being assigned to the case, Reichert would still be involved in trying to solve it. By then, having been elected the sheriff of King County, Washington, Reichert revived the police interest in the murders, which had waned and then been rekindled several times since 1982. Over these years, a large number of detectives had worked on one of the various Green River task forces that had unsuccessfully looked into the ever-increasing number of murders.
Reichert would at last, however, also become involved in finally developing a viable suspect in the case. This suspect would eventually, because of the mounting, and finally conclusive, evidence amassed by the police, plead guilty to the forty-eight Green River murders.
On July 15, 1982, two fifteen-year-old boys out riding their bicycles stumbled onto the body of sixteen-year-old Wendy Coffield. They found her floating just below the surface of the Green River near Kent, Washington, south of Seattle. [When we discovered it was a body, with