The Way A ‘Times Square Killer’ Victim’s Daughter Helps Police Close Other Cases

The daughter of 1 of murderer Richard Cottingham’s victims helps to shut other murder cases that he’s connected — by utilizing her relationship with him.

Cottingham murdered Jennifer Weiss’ birth mother Deedeh Goodarzi inside a Occasions Square motel room in 1979. Goodarzi was just 22 when she was wiped out, beheaded and hang burning. Another lady that has still not yet been identified seemed to be found dead within the room. Both women, whose heads and hands were missing are viewed to possess been sex workers, whom Cottingham frequently preyed upon throughout a 13-year period.

After Cottingham was associated with a number of attacks in Nj, police in New You are able to arrested and billed him using the murder of Goodarzi. He was charged back in 1984 of her slaying in addition to five others in New You are able to and Nj. 

But, as Netflix’s new docuseries “Crime Scene: The Occasions Square Killer” highlights, Cottingham  – also dubbed the “Torso Killer” — likely had more victims. Actually, he states have wiped out up to 80 to 100 people. 

“Could it have been 80 to 100 like he claimed? Which may be boastful, but it’s certainly greater than he’s been charged for,” director Joe Berlinger told

Weiss is working to obtain more of his killings confirmed, to ensure that other victims could be identified as well as their families can finally understand what became of them.

Weiss told this past year that they visits the murderer regularly looking for more details about her mom’s situation — she still really wants to locate her mom’s skull — and hoping of having closure for other families. “Times Square Killer” notes that her conversations with Cottingham really brought to him being formally from the formerly unsolved murders of countless Nj teens.

He confessed under immunity in 2020 towards the murders of Nj school women Jackie Harp, 13, Irene Blase, 18, and Denise Falasca, 15, from 1968 to 1969, reported. Captured, Cottingham also accepted before the court he wiped out buddies Mary Ann Pryor, 17, and Lorraine Kelly, 16, in 1974 by drowning these questions accommodation in Nj before dumping their remains inside a wooded area. 

“Jennifer has provided him some positive motive to create his confessions, assuring him that, while she cannot guarantee how other victims’ families will respond, on her behalf part she extends her friendship and support in each and every confession he makes,” true crime expert and historian Peter Vronsky told this past year. “

Berlinger told that there are many open cases which have possible ties to Cottingham.

“I believe [Weiss has] been really critical,” Berlinger stated. “It’s very brave of her to stay in that kind of situation where her very own biological mother may be the victim of the murderer and they’ve developed this relationship that is really miserable on her.”

Weiss told this past year she feels Cottingham does not have any genuine curiosity about helping bring closure to anybody, but he is doing wish to help her due to their friendship.

Berlinger added he finds some parallels between her and Jillian Lauren, who struck up an unlikely relationship with murderer Samuel Little to assist give his unknown victims their names back. Like Cottingham, Little likely got away together with his terrible murder spree for a long time while he intentionally targeted victims he felt could be overlooked by society.

Lauren, a writer, former sex worker and survivor of sexual assault, spoken towards the murderer in “Confronting a Murderer” — which Berlinger also directed — as she labored to recognize his unknown victims before his 2020 dying.

“Jillian Lauren wasn’t associated with any one of Mike Liittle’s victims but she would be a survivor of sexual assault and she or he was critical to get Mike Little to confess,” the director told “And i believe Jennifer has truly performed a very significant role to get information from [Cottingham].”

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