Convicted serial killer Richard Cottingham who is already serving life without parole for 11 murders committed from 1967 to 1980 in New York and New Jersey is set to plead guilty to five more murders. According to police reports Richard Cottingham who has been called the Torso Killer is responsible for a sexual assault and murder in 1968 and four more murders. Richard Cottingham who towards the end of his killing spree would target prostitutes who he would sexually assault and murder before dismembering their bodies. RIchard Cottingham who is now 76 years old is expected to receive five more life sentences.
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A decades-old murder case could finally be solved in a Nassau County courtroom Monday.
Serial killer Richard Cottingham is due to face a judge for a murder charge that dates all the way back to 1968 in Nassau County. He is reportedly expected to plead guilty in this and four other cases.
Cottingham, also known as the “Times Square Torso Killer” has been found guilty in more than 10 gruesome murders across the tristate area.
Months ago, Nassau police matched DNA evidence connected to Cottingham to the killing of 23-year-old New Hyde Park mom Diane Cusick, who had gone shopping for shoes and never returned home.
Police say Cusick was brutally beaten, murdered and raped in her car. Her father later found Cusick’s body in the backseat of the vehicle in February 1968 at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream.
Cottingham’s court appearance will be virtual because he is already behind bars in New Jersey.
Cusick’s daughter told News 12 that she would be flying in from Florida for the court proceedings.
Cottingham was featured in the Netflix true crime docuseries “Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer” just last year.