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.

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Incised breasts found on the headboard of the bed.

Between 1967 and 1980, Cottingham brutally murdered and dismembered at least 6 women, and claimed to have killed at least 80 more.

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A mutilated body found in a midtown hotel. The victim had been sadistically
tortured over a period of days. Cottingham purposely severed the head and hands to make the victim unidentifiable, then set the room on fire before leaving the
hotel.

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.

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A mutilated body found in a midtown hotel. The victim had been sadistically
tortured over a period of days. Cottingham purposely severed the head and hands to make the victim unidentifiable, then set the room on fire before leaving the
hotel.

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

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A victim found in New York City hotel. Cottingham had removed the breasts and placed them on the bed headboard to shock the police (see the next photo). He once again set the room on fire, allowing the authorities to immediately link this killing to the previous incidents.

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