Richard Cottingham's house.
Serial Killer House in Lodi, New Jersey, United States.
This is the Lodi house where the "Times Square Killer," Richard Cottingham, lived between 1975 and 1980.
Cottingham, who is also nicknamed "The Torso Killer," moved into this rented three-bedroom house in February of 1975.
He continued to live here until the police eventually arrested him on May 22, 1980.
In April of 1979, he started living in the basement of the property after his wife initiated divorce proceedings against him for "abandonment" and "mental cruelty".
Between 1967 and 1980, Cottingham murdered eleven women.
On one occasion, he dismembered two sex workers and set fire to their torsos at a hotel near Times Square. Cottingham then left the scene with their severed heads and hands.
To this day, their remains have never been recovered.
In May of 1980, police arrested Cottingham while he was torturing a sex worker at a motel room in New Jersey. Consequently, he was charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.
Following his arrest, police linked him to the murder of Valerie Streets. In 1981, he was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to nearly 200 years in prison.
Since his conviction, Cottingham has pleaded guilty to 11 murders. He also claims that his true victim count is at least 85.
Where did Richard Cottingham live?
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
The GPS coordinates for the house are as follows.
- Latitude: 40.887575
- Longitude: -74.083148
Open 40.887575, -74.083148 in Google Maps to view directions on how to get there.
The full address for this location is:
29 Vreeland Street
The house is close to Lodi High School, the Riverside Cemetery and Interstate 80.
Private property warning.
This is a private property. It is not a public place. Therefore, you should be respectful and not step foot on the property without permission.
- The house was built in 1974. That was a year before Cottingham and his wife, Janet, moved in.
- Cottingham was originally from the Bronx in New York City. However, his family moved to River Vale in New Jersey when he was 12.
- He worked as a computer operator for a major health insurance firm.
- In 2021, property website Zillow estimated that the house was worth $580,500.
- None of his crimes took place on the premises.
Photos of the house and other related images.
29 Vreeland Street.
This is a "Then and Now" photograph of Cottingham's former house at 29 Vreeland Street.
The police photograph on the left was taken in June of 1980. That was roughly one month after his arrest. The Google Street View image on the right was taken 38 years later, in June of 2018.
Cottingham lived here with his wife, Janet, and their three children, Blair, Scott, and Jenny. According to his neighbors, he seemed like a regular family man.
During a search of the house, investigators discovered personal items belonging to some of his victims. He kept these "trophies" in a locked room in the basement.
The items included necklaces, broaches, earrings, and other pieces of jewelry.
Cottingham kept these items as souvenirs to remember his victims and relive his attacks.
Between 1970 and 1974, Richard Cottingham and his wife, Janet, lived at an apartment block called Ledgewood Terrace in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
The inside picture shows Cottingham during one of his trials. As you can see, he didn't always look like Santa Claus.
Coordinates: 40.858773, -74.039801
Various photographs of Richard Cottingham at different ages. The photo on the left was taken after his arrest in May of 1980.
Cottingham had various nicknames. These included the "Times Square Killer", the "Torso Killer" and the "Times Square Torso Ripper".
Before his arrest, Cottingham was a successful computer operator who worked at the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurance company in Midtown Manhattan. According to one of his co-workers, he was smart, well-read, and up-to-date on current events. He was also extremely fidgety and unable to sit still.
On more than one occasion, he would openly talk about his experiences with sex workers.
One day, Cottingham told his co-worker that he had stolen a sex worker's money and clothes while she was sleeping. His "justification" for doing this was that he "didn't like anyone getting one over" on him.
During his trial, he testified that he had been fascinated by bondage since he was a young child.
Since his incarceration, he has attempted suicide on two occasions.
Cottingham has confessed to murdering 12 women. This number may increase in the future, as he has stated in the past that his victim count is much higher.
A list of his victims in chronological order.
1967: Nancy Schiava Vogel (29).
1968: Jacalyn Harp (13).
1969: Irene Blase (18).
1969: Denise Falasca (18).
1974: Lorraine Marie Kelly (16).
1974: Mary Ann Pryor (17).
1977: Maryann Carr (26).
1979: Deedeh Goodarzi (22).
1979: Unidentified female.
1980: Jean Reyner (25).
1980: Valerie Ann Street (19).
The photographs are ordered from left to right and top to bottom. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a photograph of Jean Reyner. Furthermore, one of the women that he murdered in 1979 is still unidentified.
Note that there seems to have been a "lull" between 1970 and 1973. This is possibly due to the fact that he got married in 1970. In other words, he may have been content and/or preoccupied.
However, he returned to killing in 1974 when he murdered Lorraine Marie Kelly and Mary Ann Pryor. This was less than a year after Cottingham and his wife had their first child.
After his wife filed for divorce in April of 1979, it seems as though his killings became far more frequent.
In 2022, Cottingham also confessed to the 1968 murder of Diane Cusick after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.
This location belongs to the following categories.Serial Killers
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