NY Richard Cottingham Charged in 12th murder: Diane Cusick, Nassau County, NY - 1968.

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Breaking News: Richard Cottingham has been charged in a twelfth murder - a case that Jennifer Weiss and I coaxed out of him. This one was in Long Island New York, in Nassau County near the border with Queens off the Sunrise Highway. This is the first case back in New York since the three 1979-1980 murders he stood trial for. His recent confessions were all in New Jersey, but Jennifer and I are circling back with Cottingham to Bergen County and several other jurisdictions in New Jersey. And more to come in New York.

 

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Breaking News: Serial killer Richard Cottingham has been charged in a twelfth murder - a case that Jennifer Weiss and I coaxed out of him. This one was in Long Island New York, in Nassau County near the border with Queens off the Sunrise Highway. This is the first case back in New York since the three 1979-1980 murders he stood trial for. His recent confessions were all in New Jersey, but Jennifer and I are circling back with Cottingham to Bergen County and several other jurisdictions in New Jersey. And more to come in New York.

 

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Just last year, Cottingham confessed to the 1974 murders of two teens from North Bergen: Mary Ann Pryor and Lorraine Kelly. He had picked them up on their way to the Garden State Mall, he said, and then raped and tortured them at a hotel for three days before drowning them.
 

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‘Torso killer’ linked to 1968 cold case murder at NY mall: sources

More than 50 years after the body of 23-year-old Diane Cusick was found duct-taped in the back seat of her car at a local mall, a notorious serial killer from New Jersey will be charged with her murder, sources told WPIX on Tuesday.

Three sources independently confirmed a sealed indictment against 75-year-old Richard Cottingham for Cusick’s 1968 death. Cottingham has been in various New Jersey prisons since 1980 for five other murders.

Sources told WPIX that DNA was preserved from the crime scene in the Green Acres Mall parking lot in Valley Stream, New York, and a sample from Cottingham linked him to Cusick’s murder. However, Cottingham has retained an attorney and plans to plead not guilty, according to sources.

Criminal historian Peter Vronsky, author of “American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950 to 2000,” said Cottingham told him he’s killed between 85 and 100 women. Vronsky and Jennifer Weiss, the daughter of Deedeh Goodarzi, who was brutally dismembered and set on fire inside a Times Square hotel in 1979, have encouraged Cottingham to come clean on his crimes before he dies.

Cottingham was a married father of three, working at Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance firm in Manhattan, New York, and living in Lodi, New Jersey, when he was arrested.

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''Just last year, Cottingham confessed to the 1974 murders of two teens from North Bergen, New Jersey: Mary Ann Pryor and Lorraine Kelly. He had picked them up on their way to the Garden State Mall in Paramus, New Jersey, he said, and then raped and tortured them at a hotel for three days before drowning them.

Criminal historian Peter Vronsky, author of “American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950 to 2000,” said Cottingham told him he’s killed between 85 and 100 women. Vronsky and Jennifer Weiss, the daughter of Deedeh Goodarzi, who was brutally dismembered and set on fire inside a Times Square hotel in 1979, have encouraged Cottingham to come clean on his crimes before he dies.''


''Last year, Vronsky said Cottingham “wanted me to locate a particular drive-in. He wanted to know whether that drive-in was in Nassau or Queens.” The Sunrise Drive-In was a popular outdoor movie theatre located next to the Green Acres Mall on Sunrise Highway in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cusick, a dance teacher and divorced mom, was suffocated by a 2-inch-wide adhesive tape that was wrapped around her mouth and neck. She was dressed in a black leotard, a skirt, a red blouse, and white boots. She told her family she was stopping at the mall after work to buy shoes.

Her body was found on Feb. 17, 1968, in the back seat of her car in the mall parking lot. She had been raped before she was killed.''

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Richard Cottingham was indicted by a grand jury in the February 1968 killing of Diane Cusick, prosecutors said Wednesday. Cusick was a 23-year-old dance teacher and mother of one when she was found beaten, raped and duct-taped in her car in Valley Stream's Green Acres Mall parking lot that year. It was two days after Valentine's Day.

Cottingham allegedly pretended to be a security guard or police officer to get Cusick -- and others -- to go with him, Det. Captain Steven Fitzpatrick said at a news briefing. Fitzpatrick said authorities had reviewed all homicides of women in the area at the time Cusick was killed and may have found other cases linked to Cottingham.

They have at least five open cases they have submitted for DNA testing, he added.

Cottingham pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge in Cusick's case on Wednesday and was remanded. He faces another life sentence if convicted.
 
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