What Is Richard Cottingham Known For?

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Richard Cottingham, the first of four kids, was born on November 25, 1946, in Mott Haven, Bronx, New York City. His family relocated to River Vale, New Jersey in 1956 after moving to Dumont, New Jersey, in 1948.

Cottingham earned his high school diploma from Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, New Jersey, in 1964.

Leslie Ann O’Dell, age 18, was picked up by Cottingham on May 22, 1980, after she made a solicitation at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 25th Street. She eventually consented to have sex with him in exchange for $44.

They checked into the same Hasbrouck Heights Quality Inn around dawn. He had left Valerie Street’s body there 18 days earlier, her hands firmly bound behind her back, under a bed, where she was found by a cleaner.

The girl turned over onto her stomach when Cottingham suggested giving her a massage. He sat on her back, pulled out a knife, and pressed it to her throat as he fastened handcuffs around her wrists.

What Is Richard Cottingham Known For?

Richard Cottingham is known for being a sex offender and a serial killer.


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