The prostitutes working New York City’s Times Square were more than a little bit nervous.
A deranged serial killer who apparently melted into the crowd was picking up hookers and sadistically torturing them, leaving some girls wondering if there was a real-life Dr. Frankenstein out there attempting to create his own personal plaything from pieces of his dismembered victims.
Some working girls were butchered in seedy hotel rooms, their heads, hands or breasts sliced off, their remains then set ablaze in an effort to dispose of any incriminating evidence.
Others narrowly escaped death, but only after enduring hours of terrifying torture that included brutal bite marks, surface knife slashes and stab wounds that all served as bloody foreplay for frenzied sexual assaults.
Survivors were found bleeding and delirious, unable to remember much due to the cocktail of drugs they’d been given by their assailant. But their bodies told a horrific story that was almost worse than death, and the sadistic calling cards left by the serial killer would eventually tie together victims in this true crime murder spree that crossed two states.
It wasn’t until one victim’s screams grew loud enough that Richard Cottingham, an American serial killer who was part narcissist, part sadist and all evil, was finally caught by police as he fled his hotel room carrying his bag of torture devices. His capture allowed them to close the books on some of the most horrific murder cases in U.S. history.
This serial killer biography not only unearths Cottingham’s sick, twisted crime spree, it also delves into the murderer’s psyche, attempting to reveal why an insurance company IT guy’s seemingly normal life would devolve into madness.
Among true crime stories, Richard Cottingham’s is particularly brutal, and will likely make you look twice at your own coworkers, and wonder what sick secrets they might be keeping.
One of those guys who was truly born to kill, September 28, 2016
This is yet another biopic read that’s really hard to put down. It’s an insightful and graphically detailed account of some of the most horrific serial killers. In fact, while reading yet another of Jack Rosewoods books, I just had to keep turning the pages yet again. Not necessarily because it’s all that enjoyable in any way, shape or form, to delve a little too deeply into the malefic minds of such murderous men, but because I sincerely believe that most people are fascinated in one way or another by serial killers. Perhaps it’s the human morbid fascination with death. I’m not exactly sure. However, maybe it just astounds the average person as to how depraved another individual can be.
Richard Francis Cottingham (born November 25, 1946) is an American serial killer from New Jersey operating in New York between 1967 and 1980. He was nicknamed “the torso killer” due to his habit of dismembering his victims, usually leaving nothing but a torso behind. He was eventually convicted of murder in 1981, after being caught fleeing an attempted murder. Officially Cottingham killed six people but he makes claim to having killed between 85 and 100 individuals. Cottingham is incarcerated in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey.
Cottingham was the first born of three children on November 25, 1946, in The Bronx, New York City. In 1958, when he was 12, his family moved to River Vale, New Jersey. In 1964, he graduated from Pascack Valley High School, in Hillsdale, New Jersey. After graduating, he worked for his father at the Metropolitan Life insurance company until 1966 as a computer operator, while taking computer courses. Cottingham was a computer operator and a well-liked employee at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in New York from 1966 until his arrest.
Even if you are a seasoned campaigner of true crime, Richard Cottingham: The True Story of The Torso Killer will surely raise more than a few hairs on the back of your neck. It was a good read and the author gave a perspective to these horrific crimes that was both fascinating and intriguing. This was one of the better true crime books that I have read recently.
I would highly recommend this read to all fans of the crime genre. I’m also a big fan of Jack Rosewood so it’s another 5 Stars from me. Well done again!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
For the last 15 years, Jack Rosewood has pursued his dream job as a full-time author – and he’s loved every second of it. The son of a crime journalist, he grew up fascinated by the stories of criminals and serial killers his father would tell, inspiring him to pick up the pen create his very own tales of murder and madness.
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