NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 47-year-old New Jersey murder mystery has been solved after a serial killer admitted to kidnapping and killing two teenagers.
Seventeen-year-old Mary Ann Pryor and 16-year-old Lorraine Marie Kelly disappeared during a planned trip to a Paramus mall in 1974.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: Authorities Combing Wyoming Wilderness For Missing Woman, Fiancé's Whereabouts Remain Unknown
Witnesses at the time told police the girls were hitchhiking and had gotten into a man’s car.
During a court appearance Tuesday, 74-year-old Richard Cottingham, also known as the “Torso Killer,” pleaded guilty and admitted he kidnapped and raped the girls, then drowned them in a motel room bathtub.READ MORE: Teen Stabbed To Death After Dutchess County High School Football Game, Former Student Charged
Their bodies were later found in a wooded area in North Jersey.
Cottingham was already in prison on a life sentence and has been linked to 11 other murders in New Jersey and New York.
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors said Cottingham is expected to get two life sentences in July, to be served concurrently with the time he’s already serving.MORE NEWS: Man Accused Of Stealing FDNY Coat, Radio From Bronx Fire Station
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