Season 2 of Netflix’s Crime Scene is set in December 1979 and follows multiple killings perpetrated by the notorious Torso Killer, alias Richard Cunningham, who preyed on Manhattan’s sex workers. A crew of firefighters discovers an alarming scene in a smokey Times Square motel room, launching an urgent search for Richard Cottingham in the follow-up docuseries. Given the seemingly unregulated nature of sex work at the time, the investigation reveals a number of societal and systemic elements that contributed to Cunningham’s ability to go unnoticed for so long.
“As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve seen Times Square transform into the tourist destination it is today — but many people have forgotten about the darker era of the late 1970s and early 1980s, when it was a near-lawless sexual playground where predators could exploit sex workers, or worse,” Berlinger said in a statement to Netflix.
Who is Richard Cottingham ? What happened to him, and where is he now?
“Through the series and season’s location-focused lens, we deconstruct how this specific time and place, as well as a confluence of social forces, created an environment that allowed horrific things to happen and a killer to go unnoticed for far too long.”
Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer is a Netflix original series.
Several New York City figures will be included in Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer, according to Netflix. “Times Square residents,” “beat cops” like former NYPD Lieutenant-Commander Vernon Geberth and homicide detective Malcolm Reiman, author and sex work activist Dr. Melinda Chateauvert, lawyer Anthony Bianco, and a woman named Romola Hodas, aka “the daughter of New York’s self-proclaimed ‘porno king,'” are among those mentioned. Jennifer Weiss, one of the victims’ daughters, will also appear in the docuseries. In the teaser, she states, “My mother was abducted in such an awful manner.”
Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer Release Date
Along with the release of the trailer, Netflix announced that all three parts of The Times Square Killer will launch on the streaming service on December 29, making Crime Scene one of the few programs on the platform to receive multiple seasons in less than a year.
Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer Trailer
On Dec. 15, the official teaser for Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer debuted, giving viewers a sneak peek at the gruesome killings that will be investigated in the three-part season.