Today, Times Square is glittering 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. Known as the Torso Killer for his unique MO of dismembering the victims and leaving only their torsos behind, Cottingham is still considered to be one of the most sadistic serial killers in American history.

Originally appearing in True Crime Magazine’s Behind the Tape Photobook, the following crime scene photos reveal methodical, prolonged, ritualistic torture and the true extent of Cottingham’s reign of terror.

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