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Officials: Gary Ridgway was First Moved Out of Washington Because He was a Security Threat

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington's Department of Corrections Secretary says serial killer Gary Ridgway was moved from a prison in the state to one in Colorado because he was a security threat who might harm staff.
    
State Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke told lawmakers Friday that while in isolation, the 66-year-old Ridgway could study the cell, staff and prison routines and look for weaknesses at the Walla Walla facility.
    
The Seattle Times reports (http://goo.gl/cRzTVM ) the statements made Friday contradict comments made two months ago by then-DOC Secretary Bernie Warner, who said Ridgway was "not necessarily a threat to others."
    
Ridgway was returned to Walla Walla in October after families of victims and others protested the move. He is serving a life sentence without parole for the murders of 49 women over 20 years. He has also confessed to or been suspected of dozens more.

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