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The Murdered Jane Durrua

The Murdered
Jane Durrua
Monmouth County NJ
Suspected Killer: Robert Zarinsky

(sister Joan left, Jane right)

(Joan Conway left Jane Durrua right)

Jane’s sisters, Delores(left) and Joan.

   Jane Katherine Durrua was just 13 years old when she disappeared on her way home from visiting her older sister Joan’s house at 26 Dakota Avenue, East Keansburg, Middletown, New Jersey. On the evening of Monday, November 4, 1968, she was last seen taking a shortcut through a grassy field by a railroad track on her way back to her home at 51 Frazee place.
 The next morning, Jane’s brother in law, Ronald Connors, was the one to find her body in a ditch with waist-high grass, a few feet south of the railroad tracks she was last seen by. Her clothes were disheveled, she had a severe head injury above one eye. Jane was sexually assaulted and beaten to death. Her purse and shoes were found at the scene of the murder. Her shoes were actually found underneath Jane’s body. 
At first, it was determined that a man named Jerry Bellamy was the perpetrator, however, an examination was performed on the slip that Jane had been wearing under her outfit, and it cleared Jerry of the murder. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office presented evidence that showed a serial killer named Robert Zarinsky’s DNA was a match with semen found on Jane’s slip. See below.

Zarinsky was eventually charged in November of 2008 with the murder of Jane, but he died the night before facing trial. Robert Zarinsky is a suspect in four other killings. 
13 million dollars was awarded to Jane’s family in a wrongful death suit.
This case is still technically classified as unsolved due to Robert’s death before he was charged. 







More info on Robert Zarinsky:


Solved: Jacalyn Harp

Jacalyn Harp
Case #: MP18331
Murdered by Richard Cottingham

Jacalyn (Jackie) Harp, was 13 years old, living at 150 Birch Street, Midland Park, Bergen County, New Jersey with her parents and four sisters when she went missing on July 17 of 1968, failing to return home after she had band practice at Midland School field. She was a flag twirler for her school’s “All-Girls Drum and Bugle Corps” band. Practice ended at 9 PM, and she was last seen at approximately 9:50 PM walking home along Godwin Street near the corner of Cross Street. Her mother reported her missing at 1 am. 
Her body was found the next morning, July 18th. She was found along Goffle Creek only about 100 feet away from a house on a dead-end street called Morrow Road, beaten in the face and strangled with the leather strap of her flag sling. Her clothes were described as being in “disarray” and police thought the attack was sexually motivated, although she was not raped. 

The “Torso Killer” aka Richard Cottingham confessed to Jackie’s murder.  He is a known serial killer in the areas of New York and New Jersey, operating in 1967-1980. He also confessed to the murders of Irene Blase and Denise Falasca. He is currently incarcerated in Trenton with a sentence of over 200 years. As of April 27, 2021, he has also confessed to kidnapping, raping and drowning 17 year old Mary Ann Pryer and her friend, 16 year old Lorraine Kelly, in a motel bathtub in August of 1974. (link below) https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/2021/04/27/nj-serial-killer-richard-cottingham-admits-drowning-north-bergen-girls/7391371002/ 








More info on the killer:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cottingham

Solved: Nancy Schiava Vogel

Nancy Schiava Vogel
Case Closed in August of 2010
Killer: Richard Francis Cottingham

Nancy Schiava Vogel was a 29 year old mother of two in 1967 when she went missing. She was last seen leaving her home to play bingo with her friends at the local church in Little Ferry, NJ. Instead, Nancy ended up shopping at Valley Fair Department Store. (known by receipt and purchases that were found in her car.) At some point, Cottingham approached Nancy and abducted her, taking her to Ridgefield Park, where three days later her body would be found nude, bound and strangled in her own vehicle. Nancy had been beaten severely on the ride side of her face, she had a black eye and a large bruise on the back of her head. Her hands were tied in front of her with a thin cord, and she was strangled with a rope. Her naked body had an army blanket or seat cover draped over her that was originally on the floor of her vehicle at the time. Nancy’s clothes were found “folded neatly under her,” on the backseat. It is believed that he killed her inside her vehicle.
This had turned out to be Richard Francis Cottingham (AKA the Torso Killer)’s first known murder of his killing spree that took place from 1967-1980. Cottingham and Nancy Vogel were both residents of Little Ferry, and they were acquainted with each other. Richard worked as a computer operator at the downtown Manhattan Blue Cross Blue-shield, and was very well liked by his company and co-workers. He was married with three children, and seemed to be an upstanding family man.
Richard Cottingham first drew attention to the police in May of 1980, when he was arrested for the attempted murder and rape of an 18 year old prostitute at a Hasbrouck Heights motel. A maid heard screams coming from a room, where police found a woman with handcuffs on her ankles, bite marks on one breast and a knife wound below it. This investigation linked Cottingham to other attacks in North Jersey and New York City in the past few years. He was eventually convicted of two murders and the kidnappings and assaults of three other women in Bergen county and the murders of three prostitutes in New York, two of which he dismembered, cutting off their heads, hands feet and breasts. 
Richard Cottingham is in the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, and he received a life term for Nancy’s murder, totaling his sentences to more than 200 years for the 6 other killings he was convicted of. 
Cottingham has boasted of killing 85 to 100 people. He officially pleaded guilty to 6 murders, but he confessed to killing 9. Their names are: Nancy Schiava Vogel, Jacalyn Harp, Irene Blase, Denise Falasca, Maryann Carr, Deedeh Goodarzi and a Jane Doe that was found next to Deedeh that is still unidentified, Valerie Ann Street, and Jean Reyner. I urge you to click the links I’ve posted, there is a huge amount of information on each gruesome murder. 






https://www.crimeonline.com/2020/01/07/torso-killer-74-year-old-confesses-to-murdering-three-teens/ https://hellandhighhorror.tumblr.com/post/190784022029/richard-cottingham-the-times-square-ripper

Solved: Mary Ann Klinsky

Mary Ann Klinsky (Also known as Mary Agnes Klinsky)
Case closed on February 17, 2016
Killer: Robert Zarinsky

In 2016, DNA evidence linked Mary Ann Klinsky’s rape and murder in 1965 to a serial killer named Robert Zarinsky, who was also responsible for the deaths of several other people, incuding 17 year old Rosemary Calandriello, and 13 year old Jane Durrua. Zarinsky was acquitted in 2001 for the murder of a police officer in 1958, and he is a suspect in four other killings. Robert Zarinsky died in November of 2008 due to pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lung tissue that made it increasingly difficult for him to breathe.

Mary was an 18 year old woman living on Seventh Street in the West Keansburg section of Hazlet, Monmouth County, New Jersey.  She was a senior at Raritan Township High School, and was well-liked by many.
Mary was last seen on September 15, 1965 at the Keansburg boardwalk by her sisters, where she had gone to mail a letter to a 20 year old sailor aboard the USS Mauna Loa in the Mediterranean, with whom she was dating. They had planned to get engaged when he returned. According to Mary’s sisters, when they saw her she was seated alone on a bench near the boardwalk at about 9 p.m. 
The next day, September 16, in the afternoon, Mary was found dead by a Garden State Parkway maintenance man. She was identified by the Raritan Township High School class ring she was wearing.  Her nude body was found face down under a guardrail near Telegraph Hill Park in Holmdel, Monmouth County New Jersey, off the Garden State Parkway southbound entrance, now known as Exit 116. She had been sexually assaulted and beaten severely in the head.
An autopsy determined that poor Mary died of multiple skull fractures from blunt force trauma to the head which caused massive intracranial bleeding and shock.
Investigators had knowledge of Zarinsky, who was 34 years old at the time, being in the area where Mary Klinsky was last seen and was also very familiar with where Mary lived and where her body was found. 

   It took over 50 years to identify Mary’s killer, which her family is grateful for, but her sister is quoted saying, “It still doesn’t bring her back.” 

Rest in Peace Mary!

Photos of Robert Zarinsky below:


http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/02/17/serial-killer-murdered-teen/80529134/ 







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