Today, Times Square is adorned with dazzling neon lights and giant digital billboards. It's big, bright, and unforgettable. But in the 1970s, "the heart of the world" was a hunting ground for the American Jack the Ripper, Richard Cottingham.
Between 1967 and 1980, Cottingham brutally murdered and dismembered at least 6 women, and claimed to have killed at least 80 more.
Cottingham meticulously planned each of his killings and maintained a “murder kit” containing a range of props, including handcuffs and tape he used to restrain his victims with.
One of the most distinctive aspects of the case was Cottingham's modus operandi. The killer would either pick up a prostitute or drug a woman in a bar, then bring her back to a hotel for a prolonged torture session.
Throughout his "career," Cottingham constantly refined his MO and took measures to avoid apprehension. He used fire to destroy the crime scenes in the New York City cases, while in the New Jersey cases, he either dumped his victims or left their bodies in motels.
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