Steve Cottingham specializes in corporate transactions and the acquisition and sale of businesses. His expertise spans both degrees he earned at UW-Madison and George Washington University.
Cottingham is accused of murdering 11 women between 1967 and 1980, including Valerie Ann Street from Hasbrouck Heights Quality Inn; MaryAnn Carr (a radiologist); and Jean Reyner who was strangled at a Times Square hotel.
Early Life and Education
Born and educated at New York City’s Hunterdon Community School, he went on to graduate with his law degree from George Washington University and currently resides in Mequon with his wife Lisa and children Taira, Josiah, and Alyssa.
On April 27, 2021, Cottingham admitted to kidnapping and raping four women before murdering them; their bodies were later discovered with ligature marks on their necks and cigarette burns to their bodies.
Cottingham also admitted to killing five other women between 1966 and 1970, but only confessed as a favor for Vronsky and Weiss, who agreed not to reveal his confessions. Cottingham is currently serving two life sentences in a New Jersey prison near Trenton.
Steve Cottingham works closely with C-Level decision-makers to assist in formulating strategic plans surrounding key operational and organizational decisions. Drawing upon his extensive experience advising publicly traded audit committees as well as conducting sensitive and complex internal investigations to balance fiduciary, legal, and practical risk, Steve can assist these C-level decision-makers.
He has extensive experience handling high-profile whistleblower cases and related regulatory enforcement, as well as contract litigation between private equity funds, hedge fund managers, and public companies located throughout North America and Europe.
Cottingham confessed to killing multiple women, yet his crimes never received the notoriety associated with serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy. Most of his victims were sex workers, and his confessions remained out of the press; police in Bergen County were unable to corroborate his claims.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Cottingham has been honored for his accomplishments across multiple fields. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa national academic honor society and has spearheaded initiatives that enhance undergraduate student learning, psychosocial success and overall retention.
Cottingham has represented major oil pipelines and energy clients. He led multiple cases that helped establish the current regulations governing oil pipeline rates from FERC; additionally he has extensively argued before federal courts of appeals.
Cottingham lives and works on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations in Vancouver, Canada. His solo exhibitions have included Signal Chains at Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (Kelowna) and Worldwide Cobweb at Wil Aballe Art Projects (Vancouver). Additionally he has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Madison); Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistik Berlin; Fogo Island Arts (Fogo Island Newfoundland).
Steven Cottingham is an artist living on the traditional and ancestral territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Vancouver. His multidisciplinary practice investigates profit/friction relationships. Steven has participated in artist residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Madison ME); Zentrum fuer Kunst Und Urbanistik Berlin; and Wil Aballe Art Projects Vancouver BC.
Marquette Athletic Director Kevin Ackerson became Director of Athletics in February 2008 after serving as interim Director since January 2007. As Director, Ackerson manages 14 intercollegiate sports and coaching staffs as well as all administrative functions such as fiscal operations, media relations, facilities management, fundraising activities, ticket sales and marketing of Marquette’s Athletic Department. Ackerman also sits on Marquette University Leadership Council.
Steven Cottingham lives at 9234 Betel Dr and earns an estimated $15-24K annually. Together with his wife they have two children.
Attracting little media attention due to his target being prostitutes, Cottingham’s New Jersey crimes went mostly unreported and fell off the radar screen.
Cottingham was identified by fingerprints lifted from Valerie Ann Street’s wristcuffs to be responsible. Additionally, ligature marks were found on Deedeh Goodarzi and “Jane Doe,” who had their bodies found in motel rooms; both victims had been brutally attacked before dismemberment occurred and their heads severed – Cottingham was later charged and found guilty for these two murders and another in 1981.