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“Torso Killer” Expected To Plead Guilty Today to Five Long Island Murders

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LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (77WABC) — The infamous serial slayer known as the “torso killer” because of the way he carved up some of his victims — is set to plead guilty today in the brutal murders of five Long Island women.

76-year-old Richard Cottingham is already serving a life sentence in New Jersey for killing six other women between 1967 and 1980. According to Newsday, The former computer programmer and once-married father of three is now expected to admit to the 1968 rape and murder of dance teacher Diane Cusick, as well as the slayings of four other women in Nassau County in 1972 and 1973, newsday reported.

The 23 year old cusick was found murdered after failing to return home from a trip to the green acres mall in valley stream to buy shoes. Cottingham was eventually linked to her death through dna testing.

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