Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Richard Francis Cottingham - The torso killer

Richard Cottingham,74, is a serial killer from New Jersey, active in New York between 1967 and 1980. He was nicknamed The Torso Killer due to his habit of dismembering his victims with surgical precision, usually leaving nothing but a headless torso behind. He pleaded guilty to two 1974 murders, closing the cold case deaths of 2 teenage girls. Officially convicted of 11 murders, his real toll is unknown.
He was arrested in 1980 when a motel maid heard a woman screaming inside his room. Authorities found her alive, but bound with handcuffs and suffering from bite marks and knife wounds.