What action took Richard Cottingham? ‘The Torso Killer,’ accused of killing Diane Cusick in 1968
The 1968 slaying of Diane Cusick has been accused of being committed by Richard Cottingham, a 75-year-old serial killer who is presently being held at South Woods State Prison in Bridgerton, New Jersey.
According to the Associated Press, as of 2022, officials suspected Richard Cottingham was responsible for at least 11 homicides in New York and New Jersey. Because so many of his victims were dismembered, he earned the moniker “torso killer.”
According to the New York Times, Cottingham confessed to an additional 5 murders in 2021 in exchange for amnesty from prosecution, even though he had previously been found guilty of five murders in the 1980s.
Diane Cusick, a 23-year-old dance instructor, was killed in 1968; Cottingham was charged with her murder on June 22, 2022. Cottingham, who was 22 at the time, was charged with torturing Diane Cusick before allegedly beating and strangling her to death.
Reaction to Richard Cottingham being charged with killing a 54-year-old man
If not for contemporary DNA technology, the 1954 murder of Diane Cusick would not have been further probed, according to Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly.
Cusick’s murder, according to Donnelly, remained unsolved despite diligent police efforts. Authorities had little faith that it would be resolved because so much time had gone.
Donnelly stated to the media:
We suspect that this is the earliest DNA match that has resulted in a prosecution in the United States.
Darlene Altman, Cusick’s 58-year-old daughter, expressed her shock that someone had been linked to her mother’s death after all these years.
I feel very overwhelmed.
Darlene also told reporters how uneasy she felt when she first saw Cottingham at the arraignment.
He was quite unsettling.
Richard Cottingham is still maintaining his innocence in the 1968 murder of Diane Cusick despite confessing to five other killings in 2021.
While addressing the media, Donnelly admitted this.
“He didn’t make a complete admission,”
She went on:
What he described were tiny milestones along the way, which we were able to piece together with the assistance of the police department to complete that account.
@geostylegeo This assumption hasn’t really been demonstrated, in my opinion. The phrase wasn’t even created until, say, the 1960s. One thing is certain: all serial killers experienced horrifying abuse of some type, and this is what gave rise to them.
Cottingham currently has the experience of an elderly guy who is bedridden, and Donnelly cautioned the media not to be fooled by this. She asserted that this shouldn’t have an impact on how the hearing turns out.