Richard Cottingham an American serial killer from New Jersey who operated in New York City between 1967 and 1980. Cottingham often targeted prostitutes and utilized mutilation as well as dismemberment in his killings. He was known as the Torso Killer, convicted of six murders. He made claims of victim count as up to a hundred, however, there was no evidence to support this and is considered unsubstantiated. Cottingham's other nicknames the Butcher of Times Square, the New York Ripper, and the Times Square Torso Ripper.
Serial Killer Richard Cottingham (aka) The Torso Killer, was active for 14 years between 1967-1980, known to have ( 6 confirmed / 100 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Richard Cottingham was born on November 25th 1946 in The Bronx, New York City, NY.
Cottingham a male citizen of the United States of America. He had 3 children.
He was arrested on May 22nd 1980 (Age 33) Cottingham was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.
Richard Cottingham has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 years ago.
|Nickname:||The Torso Killer|
|Victims:||6 - 100|
|Years Active:||1967 - 1980|
|Ages Active:||20/21 - 33/34|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1946 -|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♐ Sagittarius |
Nov 22 - Dec 22
|Occupation:||criminal, serial killer|
|D.O.B.:||Nov 25, 1946|
|Birth Location:||The Bronx, New York City, NY|
|Arrested:||May 22, 1980 (Age 33)|
|Cause of Death:||N/A|
|Killed In Prison:||N/A|
The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Richard Cottingham. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Nov 25 1946||Richard Cottingham was born in The Bronx, New York City, NY. #19461125|
|Nov 25 1966|
|Richard Cottingham started his serial killing spree. #1967|
|Nov 25 1976|
|Richard Cottingham ended his serial killing spree. #1980|
|May 22 1980|
|Richard Cottingham arrested. #19800522|
|Nov 25 1986|
|Nov 25 1996|
|Nov 25 2006|
|Nov 25 2016|
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Richard Francis Cottingham (born November 25, 1946) is an American serial killer from New Jersey who operated in New York City between 1967 and 1980. Cottingham was given several nicknames including the Butcher of Times Square, the Torso Killer, the New York Ripper, and the Times Square Torso Ripper, due to how he dismembered his victims and only left their torsos behind. He targeted prostitutes in Times Square.
Richard Cottingham is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database