The notorious serial killer, known as the “Torso Killer,” admitted to five other Long Island murders on Monday — adding to a bloody record that already has him sentenced to life in prison.
Richard Cottingham, 76, who earned the chilling nickname for the way he dismembered some of his victims, pleaded guilty from prison in New Jersey, where he was convicted of killing six other women between 1967 and 1980.
The aging killer wore a green coat as he sat next to his attorney, Jeffrey Groder, via video link at South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, NJ.
“I hope there is some justice for all of you knowing that for the rest of this defendant’s life you will live in a New Jersey jail cell and take your every breath,” prosecutor Jared Rosenblatt said, crying as he spoke.
“[I] I hope today brings you the closure you have all been searching for for the last 50 years,” Rosenblatt told the victims’ families gathered in court.
Cottingham, a former computer programmer and once-married father of three, admitted to the rape and murder of dance teacher Diane Cusick in 1968 and the murders of four other women in Nassau County in 1972 and 1973.
Cusick, 23, was found murdered after failing to return home from a trip to Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream to shop for shoes – with Cottingham linked to her through DNA testing.
“I’m sure she was trying to fend off that animal, but he was so big and she was so small,” Cusick’s brother Jim Martin said Monday at the Mineola courthouse.
“He punched her in the face, taped her mouth and nose, and then raped her,” Martin said, turning his attention to the on-screen killer. “I just wish my brother Bobby and I had found you on the street and we’d ripped you to pieces.”
The serial killer was charged in Cusick’s death in June.
Nassau County Prosecutor Anne Donnelly said at the time she believed it was the oldest DNA hit to lead to a US prosecution.
Other murders with which Cottingham has been linked include the murders of two women whose mutilated bodies – without heads or hands – were found in a motel near Times Square in December 1979.
One of the decapitated victims was identified as 22-year-old sex worker Deedeh Goodarzi, but the other young woman was never identified.
He was arrested after a maid at a New Jersey motel heard a woman scream in his room and police found the 18-year-old victim alive. She had been handcuffed and suffered knife wounds and bite marks on her breasts.
His horrific exploits were detailed in the Netflix series Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer, which was released in December 2021.
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