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May your life and death be the beginning of grace from this world to protect women  / Susan (Sister in life )

I never met Keli in person and I am not sure if our paths ever crossed but our pain is the same. I spent 15 years in prison to prostitution. I've spent 11 more trying to recover from it. I met the GRK in Sept 1982 on Aurora but another girl went with him because I was scared of the camper. I was 19 and very lost and alone in the world. I am grateful that God spared my life so that I can witness to young woman about Hope and Love and thier Future. I am starting a ministry called the Alabaster ministry. Even the bible is mis understood Mary Magdelene was not a prostitute by the way. The world needs to stop blaming the woman for this crime and start looking at this as a VICTIM crime not a victimless crime as the criminal books have it stated. We need to stop pushing homeless women from one county to another with police force and help give them a way out of this life. I had a city council member (who is still on our city council) once say to me "Is stripping part of the sex industry"? He said " I thought girls put themselves through college that way". I looked at him with clenched teeth and said "Do you want your daughter to goto college flashing her breasts"? We live in the richest country, yet we still exploit women and children for the pleasure of SICK MEN. I do no there are healthy men today. I have met several at my church. So I do not dislike all men. I challenge every reader to give compassion to a women you meet working in the sex industry. Don't assume anything just love her and help her one person at time. If there were places for women to go when they get sick of that life. Where they could heal and recover and start a fresh life free of SHAME and ABUSE wouldn't God smile on us. Please Please Stop letting our women die at the hands of very very Sick people. I am blowing you a kiss Keli - rest peaceful in your new body with Christ. You are free indeed..

Re: PSALM 10-tribute to victims  / Janice Harrison (None-Webmaster)  Read >>
Re: PSALM 10-tribute to victims  / Janice Harrison (None-Webmaster)
Psalm 10, of the New International Version, is listed as being one of the psalms suitable for tribute to victims. I am posting it here: It is quite long and not (all) of it is applicable, but I pasted the most relevant parts, starting with verse 8:

He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
He says to himself, “God will never notice;
he covers his face and never sees.”
Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out. Close
INTO THIN AIR....  / Janice Harrison (None-Webmaster)  Read >>
INTO THIN AIR....  / Janice Harrison (None-Webmaster)
It is really hard to imagine that someone as vibrant, intelligent, loving and well-written as Keli Kay McGinness could end up just vanishing into thin air....literally "without a trace".

She had everything to live for. She wanted to change her life and the life of her daughter. She worried about her daughter's safety. She wanted things to be different.  She never expected to just....vanish.

But that is exactly what happened.  She walked down the street at twilight on June 28, 1983, in the middle of summer, at South 216th Street, near the Three Bears Motel (now closed down), and just vanished....poof....gone.  Of course, later it was known that Gary Ridgway picked her up. She got into the car, no struggles, no fuss, no screams, just went off and never came back.

Gary Ridgway thought it was so simple. That he could pick her up and that was the end of it. He thought nobody would notice she was gone, nobody would care, nobody would ever think twice that she was missing. He never gave it a second thought.

For him, it was so simple. But nothing is simple. Every act has ramifications that continue on down....down....and down....

Keli left behind a daughter who looks very much like her, and a mother who is the spitting image of her. Both think of her every day and miss her in their lives.  She has other family members and friends who wish they could see her again, but never will, at least not in this life.

Christmas time is when people think about loved ones who are gone. They are supposed to have passed on from disease or natural causes, or possibly from an accident.

Not from murder.

At Christmas, 2012, as this is written, Keli has been gone 29 long years. No phone calls, no indication as to where her remains were left. It is high time Ridgway came clean and told the family where she was left. They deserve to know.

And perhaps, if a miracle happens, he will tell. And next Christmas, we can hope that there is a memorial site her family members and friends can visit, to pay tribute to her, and think "that was lost is now found." Close
"Opal" By Chris Steelman  / Chris Steelman (none)  Read >>
"Opal" By Chris Steelman  / Chris Steelman (none)
I just posted a tribute to Kelli and several other victims of that monster. We should all be reminded and inspired by Kelli to cherish each day and celebrate the time we have. Close
GONE SINCE 1983 WITHOUT A TRACE  / Janice Harrison (none-webmaster)  Read >>
GONE SINCE 1983 WITHOUT A TRACE  / Janice Harrison (none-webmaster)
Keli it is hard to believe that you have been missing now since June 28, 1983. In just a few days it will be June 28 2011. The day you stepped into oblivion happened long ago--28 years to be exact--but I am sure that for your mother and others who knew you and loved you it seems like you disappeared only yesterday.
I can well imagine how you must have felt that night you vanished. You were about to get out of walking the streets. You wanted to start over again to make a new life for yourself get away from your boyfriend and make a new life for your little daughter spend time with your mother and family you cared about.  I know you checked into the Three Bears Motel (which has now closed) and were on that street corner waiting for someone to come along just so you could make a little extra money before you gave it all up completely. 
And then you met someone who probably stopped to offer you a ride and it was Gary Ridgway. You knew him from before thought he was okay and he could be trusted though you never really knew. But you decided to go with him and you have been gone ever since.
I know you struggled to live the night he murdered you. I can well imagine how you fought to live. But you never had a chance. He was very strong, and  intent on killing you no matter how much you pleaded with him. And he left you right where he killed you in some remote wooded area where you still remain.
He's the only one who knows where you lie. And he won't tell either because he can't remember or he doesn't care or both. 
I am sure that each year your mother waits for a phone call saying you have finally been located. My wish for you Keli is that you finally are brought home to rest. 
And then as the Biblical verse so poignantly says "What was lost is found."
TOO CLOSE TO HOME  / Janice Harrison (None-webmaster)  Read >>
TOO CLOSE TO HOME  / Janice Harrison (None-webmaster)
I never knew Keli McGinness or the other Green River victims.  However I have put up memorial websites for some of them because of personal experiences with family members who were running away from home in their teen years.
For years while I was growing up, one of my cousins in California would run away from home and disappear for months at a time. We never knew where she was or what she was doing. This was at a time when the Hillside Stranglers  (Ken Bianchi and Angelo Buono) were loose in California. I remember my mother worrying that her niece might have been murdered. As it happened, she turned up safe and sound but she so easily might not have been.

That's why for me, Keli's disappearance and death, though I never met her or any of her family, really made an impact and made me decide to put up this memorial website for her.

There's a lot of danger out there for girls Keli's age. Even girls and women older than Keli are lured into dangerous situations. As I said, my cousin could easily have been one of them. It took her years to turn her life around. Though I never met my cousin as we lived so far apart, I'd spoken to her on the phone and still was concerned about her...after all a relative is a relative.

I'm sure that Keli looks back now, and wonders why she was out there, away from her family and from her mother who loved her, and she worries over those girls who are in that same predicament she was so very long ago now.
Rest in peace Keli.
Everyone deserves a proper Resting Place.  / JAnessa Amber (none)  Read >>
Everyone deserves a proper Resting Place.  / JAnessa Amber (none)

I did not know you Keli but your story has touched me in many ways. You have had many traumatic experiences in your life and in ways I can see you as a strong woman who was just trying to put food on the table.

Whether you are a live or not I hope you will be found sooner than later. Your family needs peace as do you. God bless in my prayers always.

Holidays / Janice Harrison (none-webmaster)  Read >>
Holidays / Janice Harrison (none-webmaster)
It is Thanksgiving time again in 2009 and Keli, you have been gone for many Thanksgiving dinners. But I have no doubt you have been nearby,  unseen, watching, listening to what your mother and family and friends have to say, wishing you could be with them to join them, eat the turkey and cranberry stuffing, and just participate in the occasion.
I know that you are in Heaven, where there is probably a celebration as well, and bigger than we have here on Earth.  But you are still missing and your absence has left a huge hole in the hearts of those who love you, especially your mother, son, daughter and sister and many friends who wish you were still with us.
Please know that this Thanksgiving, your mother has now made contact with your son, and your family is getting reacquainted and reconnected.  I know that this Thanksgiving, the only thing that could make the holiday complete is if you were still here with us.  However, I am positive that you are here:  watching, listening, and looking though unseen.
RE: GONE 26 YEARS  / Janice Harrison (None--webmaster)  Read >>
RE: GONE 26 YEARS  / Janice Harrison (None--webmaster)

Keli, today is the 26th anniversary of your disappearance.  Your mother called me this morning to thank me for putting up your website and say how much it has meant to her. I only wish I could do more.  I was so touched by your mother's phone call and it brought back anew what a tragedy this was, for you and all the other girls Ridgway killed.

I wish I could undo time and have gotten you some help so you did not get into such danger. I wish I could have been there to stop you from getting in Ridgway's vehicle. I wish I could have stopped him from choking you so violently to death. And I wish you were still here with us today. 

You mother misses you so much and she said to me, "I will never, ever forget her and she's in my mind every day."

You are in my mind, too, Keli.  I know that on this day, the 26th anniversary of your disappearance and death, you are indeed singing with the angels in Heaven, and you know how much you are loved and missed here on Earth.

Rest in peace on your "Angel Day".


WORTH SO MUCH MORE  / Janice Harrison (None--webmaster)  Read >>
WORTH SO MUCH MORE  / Janice Harrison (None--webmaster)

Keli, I think of you very often.  I'm not sure exactly why your story touched me, except that perhaps I knew girls like you growing up...lost, unsure of themselves, trying to fit in, not knowing exactly what they wanted or where they were going. 

Your "boyfriend" was a dangerous character. He captivated you with stories of how great your life would be when you were out "on the streets"; he told you it would be glamorous and you'd be making great money, and tons of other lies.  He never intended to help you or protect you.  I think of how you must have felt when you realized what was really going on.  Your picture on the Doe Network case files shows the changes in your expression, from a sweet face with a slight smile, to eyes that looked like they'd seen everything and were very tired. I think of the resigned look in that photo and try to imagine what you must have been feeling.

I think of how your boyfriend may have even terrorized you. If he didn't, I know he made you feel like you weren't worth anything.  You had been fed that line that you were supposed to be a prostitute so many times, you could not even begin to imagine how you'd ever get out of it.  I think of how resigned you must have felt.

You were worth so much more than you knew.  You were caring, trying to take care of your little girl, making sure she was well cared for even though you had to move all the time and live in cheap and probably unsafe motels.  I think of how you were out there the night of June 28th, 1983, standing on the street corner by the Three Bears Motel, trying to make money, the only way you knew how, because that is all you thought you deserved. 

I think of how terrified you must have been when Gary Ridgway got his hands on you and you realized that this was it, I can't get away and I'm going to die.  I think of what you must have thought in your last moments, thinking about your daughter, who was going to take care of her, thinking about your mother, and wishing with all your heart that he'd just let you go so you could live.  And then it was too late.  He never gave you another chance. 

Your mother has told me how much her death has affected her and your whole family. I know how much she misses you, the pain she must feel every day when she wakes up and she knows she won't see you again.  And I think of how she must feel each year when Mother's Day arrives; the last time she saw you was Mother's Day, 1981. That was 28 years ago this year. That means that for 28 years, she has not heard a word from you and has no idea what has happened to you. 

Gary Ridgway barely remembered your name.  But we do.  Those of us who knew you, such as your mother and other family members, and those of us who came to know about you after your death. 

I know you are safe and happy in Heaven. I have no doubt that is where you are, looking down on your daughter, watching over her and your mother.  And I know that in Heaven, God knows your name and you know now how much you are worth, and how much you are loved.

Rest in peace, Keli Kay.

Merry Christmas, Keli  / Taska Henn (Mother)  Read >>
Merry Christmas, Keli  / Taska Henn (Mother)
I cannot go through this holiday season without expressing how much you always live in my heart. You would be very proud of your little sister, who also loves and misses you very much.  Precious Keli, Mom loves you unconditionally.  Close
Re: REPLY TO SHERRI MADISON--April's sister  / Janice Harrison (none--webmaster)  Read >>
Re: REPLY TO SHERRI MADISON--April's sister  / Janice Harrison (none--webmaster)

Sherri, thank you for visiting this website I put up for Keli. I would have e-mailed you but you did not leave a link to your e-mail address on the website, so I have to put this message up on Keli's site. I appreciate your visiting the site and leaving the tribute for Keli. I am so sorry about your sister, April Buttram.  All of the girls whom Ridgway killed had a lot of potential. However, he made sure that they would never achieve it.  My deepest sympathy to you and your family!

Janice Harrison, Webmaster for Keli McGinness website

I can relate  / Sherri Madison   Read >>
I can relate  / Sherri Madison
Not many people can relate when I tell them my sister was killed by a serial killer.  I am April Buttrams sister.  I have read a number of articals about April and her missing and bones being found.  I have read books about the green river murders and seen her name in print but it all seems so limited somehow.  She was so many more things then just another girl killed by Gary Ridgeway.  She was funny and sweet and had a lot of bad breaks.  I was touched to see the web site for Keli.  It touched me alot that someone wanted her to be more then just a name associated with the green river killings.  Close
God bless you Keli & may you rest in peace  / Stacey K.   Read >>
God bless you Keli & may you rest in peace  / Stacey K.
I never even heard of Keli until I read some things while google searching for my own reasons. What a loss to the world and to her family. I can't imagine what it is like to loose a loved one to murder, I have lost people but never so horifically, to those out there who did know Keli, I hope you know for many different reasons she has touched people like myself who never even knew her. I was 5 years old when she disappearred and I live on the other side of the world. To those she left behind, I offer my sincere condolences, I wont elaborate on why but reading Keli's story was for me, worse than the baddest of the bad dreams I have had, I know that sounds cryptic but I relate to her inmy own way. May you rest in peace and may your family know there is a woman in Australia touched by Keli and her story. Close
gone but never forgotten  / Katt (daughter)  Read >>
gone but never forgotten  / Katt (daughter)
I'm still here... Close
I know her Mother, who is a Great Person  / Doris-Dixie DeFazio (none)  Read >>
I know her Mother, who is a Great Person  / Doris-Dixie DeFazio (none)

I want to thank Keli's Mother for sharing her pain with me, this is a very sad story and my pain goes out to her also. Keli's Mother is one of the nicest  and most caring people I have ever met. I remember how sad I was when I heard what this very sick man did to all the lost girls and I didn't even know I would ever meet up with anyone who was related to any of them. Keli's Mother has been helping me through my pain of losing my husband, I didn't know her pain was greater, there is no greater pain than the lost of a child, I know because I lost one in a car wreck 9/11/04 he was 18 and was my grandson, it's an everlasting pain and the hole in your heart  will always remain a hole. Love & prayers to Keli, her children & Mother.

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