Remembering Gina Wilson Green One Year After Her Murder
She loved life and helping other people. That's how the family of Gina Wilson Green describes the 41-year-old nurse who was killed one year ago today, September 23, 2001 - a victim of the serial killer. And while Green's family has stayed out of the media spotlight, her ex-husband, who was initially questioned by police and then ultimately cleared, talks exclusively with WAFB Crime Team Reporter Shauna Sanford.
"Outgoing, vivacious, strong, opinionated, full of life." That's how Gina Wilson Green's ex-husband remembers her. Married for almost a decade, even though Gina Green and Mark decided to call it quits, they remained friends. So it was no surprise that when she began to feel a little nervous while living at her Stanford Avenue home, she told Mark.
"She had made mentioned to both me and her mother the preceding week of an uneasy feeling that she thought someone was watching her." But Mark says Gina didn't know what was making her feel uneasy. The next week she was strangled to death.
Mark describes his first thought. "We had a run-in with a painter where we were actually in court the week prior and the gentleman had made some threats against both of us. That was my first thought. But he has been checked out. It's not him but that was my first thought."
And although police say Gina's alarm was not activated at the time she was attacked, Mark says Gina was always extremely careful. "Almost to the point of being paranoid about turning her alarm on. Excessive, compulsive I would almost say," said Mark.
Mark says Gina also had pepper spray in nearly all the windows. And although they never had any children, Gina loved her nieces and her car. He says Gina's baby was her love for her BMW and her neice. Mark says he'll always love Gina and remember her as a small town girl who lived big.
Police say they still do not have any suspects in the case. Green's family is holding a private church service celebrating her life. The family has also set up a memorial fund in her honor. You can make a donation at any Regions Bank. The proceeds will go toward establishing nursing scholarships in the nursing student's name.