Where is Richard Cottingham now? | Behind The Times Square Killer

Richard Cottingham

What did Richard Cottingham do?

Richard Cottingham is an American serial killer who is believed to have taken the lives of at least 18 young women in New York and New Jersey between 1967 and 1980. He became known by the moniker ‘The Times Square Killer.

He was known to target sex workers in the seedy Times Square areas and strangled and cut off the heads of some of his victims. 

What happened at the trials? 

Over the course of 2 separate New Jersey trials in 1981 and 1982, Cottingham was convicted of 3 assaults and the murders of Maryann Carr and Valerie Street, which happened in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.

This wasn’t the end of Cottingham’s trials, as in 1984, he was convicted of the deaths of 3 women in New York City between 1979 and 1980. 

In 2009, after years of insisting he was innocent, he confessed to the 5 murders he’d been convicted of. 

In addition to this, Cottingham pleaded guilty to another murder in 1967. In 2014, in exchange for immunity, Cottingham confessed to killing 3 teenage girls between 1968 and 1969.

In 2021, Cottingham confessed to an unsolved double murder in New Jersey in 1974. In 2023, Cottingham confessed to another murder of a 17-year-old who vanished in 1967.

Where is Richard Cottingham now?

Richard Cottingham is serving multiple life sentences in a New Jersey Prison. He is 77 years old now and is suffering from a number of different health conditions including diabetes. 

Netflix released a 3-part true crime documentary series about Cottingham’s murders in 2021 called Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer.

Read more: Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer Season Review

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