Discussion on Serial Killers, Spree Killers, Mass Killers, And single event killers.

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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Here's the thread for the victim:

 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey serial killer known as the “Torso Killer” pleaded guilty Tuesday to two 1974 murders, finally closing the cold-case deaths of teenage friends who had left home for a trip to the mall and never returned.

Richard Cottingham, 74, is currently in state prison on a life sentence for other murders. He has claimed he was responsible for up to 100 murders, but authorities in New York and New Jersey have linked him to nine so far — not including the two 1974 murders — though they believe the death toll is higher.

Cottingham has been in prison since 1981 but confessed to three of the murders, dating back to the late 1960s, last year.

He appeared virtually in court Tuesday to admit to the slayings of 17-year-old Mary Ann Pryor and 16-year-old Lorraine Marie Kelly.

Cottingham is known as the “Torso Killer” for brutally dismembering his victims by cutting off their limbs and heads. Mary Ann and Lorraine were found five days after they went missing — their nude, battered bodies discovered facedown in the woods of North Jersey.

Mary Ann and Lorraine left their North Bergen homes on Aug. 9, 1974, for a trip 13 miles (20.92 kilometers) north to a Paramus mall. They had planned to take a bus there to buy bathing suits for a trip to the Jersey Shore.

Lorraine was reportedly found with a beaded bracelet and a necklace that read “Lorraine and Ricky,” a reference to her boyfriend. Mary Ann was discovered with a gold cross, a gift from her godfather.

 

Mel70

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Eventhough it is used as an excuse and I feel sorry for the child they were, They had no right to do what they do. It is baffling however when you see nothing in their childhood as contributing to their development. Like Ted Bundy. Bringing into focus again "Nature Vs. Nurture".
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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Eventhough it is used as an excuse and I feel sorry for the child they were, They had no right to do what they do. It is baffling however when you see nothing in their childhood as contributing to their development. Like Ted Bundy. Bringing into focus again "Nature Vs. Nurture".
Our mayor is quite outspoken about his crappy childhood. He is one of the most loving and giving people you’d ever meet. Yeah, a crappy childhood who doesn’t give you a pass.
 

Mel70

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Cousin Dupree

Taxidermist Working on Mel & GrandmaBear Piñatas
Back in the 90's I read a book about the Son of Sam by Maury Terry. Netflix has a documentary now based on the book. Terry spoke to Berkowitz who said that he was just one of the people involved in the whole thing. There were satanic cult members involved. One thing I'm noticing is that the police sketches of the perp are different. One like Berkowitz and others don't. Berkowitz said they'd take turns with the killings.

:thinking:
 

Cousin Dupree

Taxidermist Working on Mel & GrandmaBear Piñatas
This is a great documentary. I firmly believe that Berkowitz was only one of the shooters. Supposedly the Moskowitz killing was arranged to be a snuff film that was to be sold to the highest bidder. This is not all from Berkowitz, but other independent sources that were involved or involved on the periphery. Some of the info came to him from an ex-inmate who was incarcerated at the same time Berkowitz was.

If you have Netflix, watch it!
 

Mel70

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Back in the 90's I read a book about the Son of Sam by Maury Terry. Netflix has a documentary now based on the book. Terry spoke to Berkowitz who said that he was just one of the people involved in the whole thing. There were satanic cult members involved. One thing I'm noticing is that the police sketches of the perp are different. One like Berkowitz and others don't. Berkowitz said they'd take turns with the killings.

:thinking:
I just watched the documentary on Netflix. It's 4 parts. It's good. Man it's deep. I had no idea. WOW! An interesting side note. Berkowitz bought that .44 Bulldog in Texas on June 12th, 1976. My 6th birthday.
 

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