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Richard was born on November 25th, 1946. He was born in New York, but later moved to New Jersey with his family. Married with three children, an excellent athlete in high-school and a computer operator, Richard Cottingham was considered to be a good neighbor and family man. He didn't seem to be the guy that would be a trouble maker. Of course, it is the quite ones you have to worry about.
Richard would carry around a briefcase with him most of the time. The thing different about this briefcase is that it wasn't there to hold papers or pens it was there to hold gags, fake guns, knives, prescription pills, slave collars and handcuffs.
MaryAnn Carr was Richards first victim. It is believed that her demise was strangulation. Her body was dumped outside of the Quality Inn where she met her fate on 12/16/77.
On 12/2/79 firefighters responded to a hotel fire. Upon their entrance to the room they found two bodies. The first body they began to do CPR, only when they went to breathe into her mouth, well there was no head, let alone a mouth, to breathe into. The head was decapitated. This body belonged to a young 22 year old prostitute Deedeh Goodarzi. The other body has never been identified. Both bodies had their heads decapitated and their hands cut off.
Another prostitute, Helen Sikes, was found about one month later than the above murders. Her throat was slit so deep that she was almost decapitated. Her legs, lying side by side, were found a block away from her body.
At the same hotel as MaryAnn Carr was found, another prositute was found on May 18th 1980. She was beaten and strangled and her body was shoved underneath the bed. This body, yet to be identified, had her breasts chewed on and a nipple almost chewed off.
Another fire and another body at another hotel was found on May 15, 1980. This prositute, Jean Reyner, was stabbed and her breasts fully severed from her body.
Richard's wife had filed for divorce in 1980 stating that her husband was exhibiting extreme cruelty. She stated that her and Richard hadn't had sex since 1976 due to Richard refusing.
Richard was found guilty of killing MarryAnne, Deedah, and two Jane Does. He got 248 years in prison. Richard tried committing suicide a lot while he was awaiting trial, but unlike his victims he survived.
The heads and hands of Deedah and the Jane doe found with her have yet to be found.