‘Torso Killer’ Finally Convicted After Decades-Long Cold Case

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Decades later, ‘Torso Killer’ charged in killing at NY mall – The Associated Press

A 75-year-old convicted serial killer was charged virtually with the 1968 murder of a woman on Long Island thanks to DNA technology.

Diane Cusick’s lifeless body was discovered in the parking lot of a mall on New York’s Long Island in 1968. Richard Cottingham, believed to be one of America’s most prolific serial killers, was arraigned Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge in connection with Cusick’s death.

Cusick told her family she was going to the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream to buy a pair of dancing shoes, but her parents found her body in the backseat of her Plymouth Valiant car.

Authorities believe Cottingham followed Cusick out of the Green Acres Mall in Nassau County, beat her, raped her and then suffocated her until she died. They interviewed dozens of people, retraced her steps and never stopped hunting for her killer, but the trail went cold.

Cottingham was convicted of murder in both New York and New Jersey in the 1980s, and was caught after police ran DNA tests on cold cases. He led police to believe he was responsible for Cusick’s death, but stopped short of confessing directly to the killing.

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  1. Decades later, ‘Torso Killer’ charged in killing at NY mall  The Associated Press
  2. DNA Technology Leads To Arrest In 1968 Homicide At Green Acres Mall In Valley Stream  Daily Voice
  3. Victim’s daughter felt serial killer’s ‘creepy’ stare in court  PIX11 New York News
  4. ‘Torso Killer’ Richard Cottingham indicted in 1968 Long Island slaying: report  New York Post
  5. ‘Times Square Serial Killer’ Richard Cottingham charged with cold case 1968 murder, ‘Never thought I’d see this day,’ victim’s daughter says  New York Daily News
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