‘Torso Killer’ Richard Cottingham admits to five more murders in the New York area

The notorious serial killer, known as the “torso killer” for the way he dismembered some of his victims, will plead guilty Monday to the brutal murder of five Long Island women.

Richard Cottingham, 76, is already serving a life sentence in New Jersey, where he was convicted of murdering six other women between 1967 and 1980.

The former computer programmer and once-married father of three has now reportedly admitted to the 1968 rape and murder of dance teacher Diane Cusick and the murders of four other women in Nassau County in 1972 and 1973, Newsday reported.

Cusick, 23, was found murdered after failing to return home from a trip to Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream to shop for shoes. Cottingham was eventually linked to her death through DNA testing.

The mass murderer 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 that led to a prosecution in the United States.

Cottingham’s scheduled pleadings on Monday are set to take place in a Mineola courtroom, with him practically appearing from the New Jersey jail where he is serving his life sentence.

Richard Cottingham, the notorious "Torso Killer."
Cottingham claims to have killed up to 100 women during his bloody rampage.
Office of the Attorney General of Bergen County
"Torso Killer" Richard Cottingham.
Cottingham’s victims included two women whose mutilated bodies were found in a Times Square motel.

He has claimed up to 100 murders but has not been linked to most of them.

Among the murders with which Cottingham has been linked is the December 1979 killing of two women whose mutilated bodies – without heads or hands – were found in a motel near Times Square.

One of the decapitated victims was identified as 22-year-old sex worker Deedeh Goodarzi, but the other young woman was never identified.

Richard Cottingham, the notorious "Torso Killer."
Cottingham was an active killer from 1967 to 1980, when he was arrested.
New York Post

Cottingham was married with three children and was working as a computer programmer for a health insurance company in New York at the time of his arrest in 1980.

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, but 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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