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Published report: New Jersey’s ‘Torso Killer’ confesses to more killings

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A serial killer known as the “Torso Killer,” already spending the rest of his life in prison, has confessed to more killings.

According to NJ Advance Media, Richard Cottingham, 73, of Lodi, admitted to murdering three Bergen County teenage girls in the late 1960s.

The victims were between 13 and 18 years old.

Prosecutors say he's responsible for at least a half-dozen murders.

Prison records show he is currently serving more than 200 years for two murders in New Jersey, as well as a life sentence for another murder. He has been in custody since July 1981 and has a parole eligibility date in August 2025. He is currently incarcerated in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.

Cottingham was dubbed the "Torso Killer” for his brutal dismemberment of his victims.

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