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US ‘torso killer’ convicted of 11 murders pleads guilty to 5 more | New York

A serial killer known as the “Torso Killer” has already been convicted of 11 murders and admitted Monday that he also killed five women on Long Island in the late 1960s and early ’70s. .

Richard Cottingham was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Monday for murdering 23-year-old Diane Cusick, who was murdered after buying shoes at Green Acres Mall in Nassau County in February 1968.

As part of the plea bargain, Cottingham was acquitted from prosecution for four other murders. The 76-year-old inmate attended the hearing via video feed from a New Jersey prison.

“Today is one of the most moving days I’ve had at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office,” the district attorney said. Anne Donnelly. “In the case of Diane Cusick, her family waited nearly 55 years for someone to be held accountable for her death,” she said at a press conference attended by several family members of Cottingham victims. rice field.”

Donnelly said of Cottingham, who is considered one of America’s most prolific serial killers, “has caused irreparable harm to so many people and so many families that no one could find comfort.” There is almost nothing I can say to give

Cottingham claims to have been involved in up to 100 murders. He has been in prison since his 1980s. He is known as the “Torso Killer” because he is suspected of cutting off the heads and limbs of some of his victims, officials said.

Authorities believe Cusick stopped at a mall to buy shoes after quitting his job at his children’s dance school. They believe he pretended to be a security guard or police officer, accused her of stealing, and overpowered a 98-pound (44 kg) woman. Cusick’s body was found on her February 16, 1968.

The coroner concluded that Cusick had been punched in the face and head and suffocated. She had defensive wounds on her hands, and police were able to collect evidence of her DNA at the scene. However, no DNA test existed for her at the time.

Cottingham’s DNA was entered into a national database when he pleaded guilty to murder in New Jersey in 2016. In 2021, Nassau County police will begin DNA testing again in a case involving a woman, finding a match for Cottingham.

Cottingham worked as a computer programmer for a health insurance company. New York Time of Cusick’s death.

Four other women Cottingham confessed to murder on Monday were murdered in 1972 and 1973.

Donnelly said that when detectives interrogated Cottingham in prison, he provided information about these four cases known only to the murderers.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/dec/05/torso-killer-long-island-richard-cottingham US ‘torso killer’ convicted of 11 murders pleads guilty to 5 more | New York

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