Cottingham, Richard

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Cottingham, Richard Gender: M
Richard Francis Cottingham
born on 25 November 1946 at 16:50 (= 4:50 PM )
Place Bronx, New York, 40n51, 73w54
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 03°02' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 26°39 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 09°51'


American homicide; a family man and model employee who lived a double life. Married on 5/03/1970, he was a good provider and husband, working as a computer operator at Blue Cross Insurance Co. His son Blair was born 10/15/1973, son Scott on 3/28/1975 and daughter 10/13/1976. After her birth, he stopped having sex with his wife for the following three years.

He did, however, have a rap sheet. On 10/03/1969 he served ten days in jail for drunk driving. On 8/21/1972, he was picked up for shoplifting and on 9/04/1973, robbery and sexual assault of sodomy; the case was dismissed.

From 1977, at night he prowled Manhattan's red-light district looking for women to abuse. On 3/22/1978, Karen Schilt left Bellevue Hospital about 7:30 PM after visiting her husband. He stopped at a bar for a drink where she talked to Cottingham for about an hour. He slipped a drug into her drink and when she left, feeling woozy, offered to drive her home to New Jersey. At her home, he sexually assaulted and robbed her; she survived. On 10/12/1978, he picked up a prostitute, Susan Geiger, in New York. He drugged her and took her to a motel where he assaulted and beat her; she survived.

On 12/02/1979, he left two dead prostitutes in a motel room that was set on fire. Their heads and hands had been severed and the fire set between their legs. He had checked into the motel three days before.

On 5/04/1980, he left a mutilated dead prostitute, Shelly Dudley. She was found badly beaten after intercourse. His m.o. was to pick up a girl, arrange a fee and take her to a bar where he doped her drink. When she was too drugged to comprehend, he would take her to a motel, beat, rape, sodomize and kill her.

On 5/11/1980, he picked up Pamela Weisenfeld, a prostitute; she lived. The body of another prostitute, Jean Reyner, was found on 5/15/1980. On 5/22/1980, Leslie Ann O'Dell was tortured at a motel. Cottingham was arrested the next morning about 9:30 AM. On 8/14/1980, he was charged with three homicides.

On 6/27/1984, Cottingham slashed his left wrist; survived. During his time in prison he made two suicide attempts and had a bleeding ulcer. He was found guilty on 7/09/1984 of three murders, though suspected of others.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 3 October 1969 (Jailed for drunk driving)
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  • Financial Crime Perpetration 4 September 1973 (Robbery and sodomy assault)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 15 October 1973 (Son Blair born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 28 March 1975 (Son Scott born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 13 October 1976 (Daughter born)
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  • Misc. : Released from waiting 1977 (Started his crime spree)
  • Crime : Sex Perpetration/Rape 22 March 1978 (Raped and robbed Karen Schilt)
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  • Crime : Sex Perpetration/Rape 12 October 1978 (Raped and beat prostitute)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 2 December 1979 (Killed two prostitutes)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 14 May 1980 (Killed a prostitute)
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  • Crime : Arrest 14 August 1980 (Charged with three counts of homicide)
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  • Death : Suicide Attempt 27 June 1984 (Slashed his left wrist)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 9 July 1984 (Three counts of murder)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand, LMR

Biography: R. Leith "The Prostitute Murders" 1983


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (DUI)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Psychotic Episode (Mutilation)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three, two boys and one girl)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Sodomy
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Assault/ Battery (Beat his victims after drugging them)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial (Three prostitutes)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Rapist/ Sex crime
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Torturer/ Sadist (Tortured/mutilated his victims)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Thief/ Financial crime (Robbery and shoplifting)
  • Vocation : Business : Data entry (Computer operator)
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Red Light killer, book about case)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Crime Collection