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Mafia Torturer - The Story of Richard Kuklinski, The Iceman

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The Iceman

Richard Kuklinski was a monster, a brutal and sadistic killer and torturer. Some of the crimes he committed are beyond imagining, the stuff of nightmares. Known as the Iceman and feared throughout the underworld, he was for many years a top mafia hitman, murderer, enforcer and torturer. This is his story.

Early Mug Shot

Early Mug Shot

1982 Mugshot

1982 Mugshot

Early Years of Physical Abuse

Richard Kuklinski was born, the second of 4 children, on April 11, 1935, to poor Polish parents in a low income area in Jersey City. His father was a brakeman for the railroad and his mother worked in a meat packing plant. Both parents were physically abusive to Richard and to his brothers, beating them constantly. In 1940, the beatings resulted in the death of Kuklinski's older brother, Florian. His parents hid the cause of the child's death from the authorities, saying he had fallen down a flight of steps. His father finally abandoned the family, leaving them to fend for themselves.

In 1949, at the age of 14, Richard committed his first murder. A local gang of youths had begun picking on him, taunting him for having protruding ears and for 'being Polish'. Full of rage he took a steel clothing rod and bludgeoned the gang leader to death. For months afterwards he was terrified thinking he would be arrested for the crime but he also felt a rush and began to love the feeling of power that he got from the killing. He then went on and nearly beat to death the remaining six gang members.

He also expressed an unbelievable cruelty to animals. He would tie the tails of cats and throw them over a clothesline to watch them tear each other apart. He would also put cats into the apartment building incinerator to watch them burn alive.

He had a brother who'd gone to prison at the age of 25 after raping and killing a twelve-year old girl and throwing her body from the roof of a building. He then threw her dog to the ground after her. For this he was sentenced to life at Trenton State Prison.

Professional Hitman and Torturer

By his early twenties Kuklinski had earned the reputation as being an explosive tough street hustler who would beat or kill those who he didn't like or who offended him. According to Kuklinski it was during this time that his association with Roy DeMeo, a member of the Gambino Crime Family, was established. It was the relationship which would define the rest of his life.

As his work with DeMeo advanced his ability to be an effective killing machine was recognized. Kuklinski was a physically powerful man, weighing 300 lbs and standing 6ft 5 inches. He became a favorite hitman for the mob, resulting in the deaths of at least 200 people. The use of cyanide poison became one of his favorite weapons as well as guns, knives, icepicks and chainsaws. He also killed with crossbows, with bats, with clubs, and with plastic bags. He beat people to death with his fists and feet, threw people off buildings, and drowned people. Any way that there was to kill somebody he did it.

Brutality and torture would often precede death for many of his victims. This included his own description of causing his victims to bleed, then tying them up in rat infested areas. The rats, attracted to the smell of blood would eventually eat the men alive. Kuklinski saw himself as something of a rat specialist and set up a video camera to capture the rats at work.

He also specialised in dismembering his victims alive, using a chainsaw. He described this method as 'messy'. His capacity for violence and torture was absolutely mind-numbing. He killed 13 of his victims after he destroyed their lower spines with a screwdriver. They'd be paralyzed-unable to scream or move-and they had to watch as he cut their bodies apart. When asked why he killed that way Kuklinski said he did it for the exercise.

One man he was hired to kill had raped a Mobster's daughter. He tied the man to a tree, stripped him of his clothes, and then pulled off the guy's genitals-literally pulled them off. Then [using a knife] he began slowly slicing off pieces of flesh-just like strips of meat. While the man was still alive Richard poured a box of kosher salt over all his wounds.

Respectable Family Man - With Wife Barbera

Respectable Family Man - With Wife Barbera

Respectable Family Man - With His Daughters

Respectable Family Man - With His Daughters

Family Man

At the same time as he was making a career as a hit man, he met and married Barbara Pedrici, and later fathered two daughters and a son. Much like his father, Kuklinski began to beat and terrorize Barbara and the children. On the outside, however, the Kuklinski family was admired by neighbors and friends as being a happy and well adjusted. Neither his family nor his neighbours were ever aware of his illegal activities, instead believing that he was a successful businessman.

Initially nicknamed "The Polack" by his Italian associates because of his Polish heritage, Kuklinski earned the nickname "Iceman" following his experiments with disguising the time of death of his victims by freezing their corpses in an industrial freezer. Kuklinski himself claims that he used a Mister Softee ice cream truck for this purpose, although the FBI doubts the veracity of this claim.

Soon he was doing hit jobs for the Gambino family, working with a gang that operated from the Gemini Lounge in Brooklyn. Kuklinski's brutality allowed him to collect money from debtors, who paid with either their money, or their lives. In the basement of the Gemini Lounge, bodies were hacked up and carried out wrapped in plastic to be disposed of. Once he cut off a man's tongue and inserted it into his anus to get his message across. He did not believe in half measures and because of the fear that Kuklinski inspired in people, most people repaid their debts to the family.

By the 1970s, Richard had become very wealthy from being a hitman. He lived in an expensive middle-class home in a good neighborhood with his wife and children. He charged at least $50,000 per hit and continued to tell his family and neighbors that he was a businessman. His wife never questioned his behavior, even though he left at odd hours and kept his business extremely quiet.

Kuklinski With His Young Family

Kuklinski With His Young Family

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Crime And Punishment

By the 1980s, Kuklinski had become the leading man in a crime ring. He became involved in pornography, narcotics, contract killing, and gambling on a worldwide scale. But he became overconfident. His hits started to get sloppy and he began leaving behind evidence, which caused the FBI and police to take a keen interest in him. When three associates of Kuklinskis turned up dead in quick succession, a task force was organized with the New Jersey authorities and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms solely to investigate past and current evidence possibly related to Richard Kuklinski. They found that the murders were diverse and didn't appear to have many connections, therefore they put an undercover agent in place to gather evidence that could put Kuklinski on trial.

Special Agent Dominick Polifrone went undercover and spent a year and a half disguised as a hitman and eventually met and gained Kuklinski's trust. Kuklinski bragged to the agent about his proficiency with cyanide and boasted about freezing a corpse in order to mask his time of death. Afraid Polifrone would soon become another of Kuklinski's victims, the task force moved quickly after taping some of his confessions and getting him to agree to do a hit with Polifrone. It became apparent to investigators that Richard was planning on killing the agent, since he was so open about his murders and past experiences with him.


On December 17, 1986, the task force set up a road block and arrested Kuklinski. It took five people to restrain the huge man and put him in a vehicle. He was charged with five murders initially and his court trial was widely televised. He confessed to all of the murders, referring to the matter as business. His family was completely shocked and horrified, refusing to believe that Richard was a contract killer. He was sentenced to two lifetimes in prison, making him first eligible for parole at the age of 111. He was sent to Trenton State Prison, where his brother was already serving his life sentence rape and murder.

Richard Kuklinski spent the remainder of his life in prison. He died at 1:15 AM on March 5, 2006. His death was reportedly due to natural causes, but it is speculated that it was timed perfectly to prevent his testifying against Salvatore Gravano, former Gambino Family underboss. Kuklinski had been going to testify that Gravano had hired him to kill a police officer in the 1980s. Charges against Gravano were dropped after Kuklinski's death because of insufficient evidence.

Watch And Tremble


When asked why he had become one of the most diabolical mass murderers in history, Kuklinski cast blame on his father's extreme physical abuse and admitted the one thing he regretted was not killing him. It is beyond dispute that Kuklinski was shaped by the degrading example of his parents. What is not easy to understand is how he could not feel any regret for his actions, any remorse for his victims and their families. Indeed, during his prison years he revelled in his own publicity and granted interviews to prosecutors, psychiatrists, criminologists, writers, and television producers about his criminal career, upbringing, and personal life. Two documentaries, featuring interviews of Kuklinski by Dr. Park Dietz aired on HBO after interviews in 1991 and 2001 and Philip Carlo also wrote a book in 2006, entitled The Ice Man. During these interviews Kuklinski confessed to several cold-blooded murders and spoke of his ability to detach himself emotionally from his own brutality.

Brooding Menace

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Josh on November 22, 2017:

That first mug shot is of his brother... Joseph M. Kuklinski.

Deborah Demander from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on September 15, 2017:

Interesting article. It gives me the shivers to think that someone like that can hide in plain sight. Thanks for writing.


kirsten on November 29, 2013:

scary to think he was a 'normal' functioning man with love for his family who fitted in with socuety (so everybody on the outside knew) nice & polite in his own time then at work, he could switch off all emotion & kill brutally with no second thought.

People saying he is not a monster.... How do you go about stabbing someone in the lower back to firstly paralyse them & then chop them up (all while the victims still alive mind you) then going home & giving your children a kiss on the cheek acting as if nothing happened.

Also he tortured animals. And enjoyed it. Most killers experiment with animals. Nearly always.

Dwayne on September 26, 2013:

He and Roy Dameo were lovers. Don't be fooled.

raffa on July 10, 2013:

face it he was is and always;made man

rambo on April 15, 2013:

What a heartless human bieng. All those who inflick harm on other's will allway's pay somehow.

Kiri7 on February 16, 2013:

The best thing that ever happened in this parasite's life is when he died. Because that began for him an eternity to be spent in Hell, where he can experience being tortured far, far worse than the worst torture he inflicted upon the humans and animals he came across in his life. Worthless POS, I hope he likes it there, after all, torture was what he enjoyed, right?

AnnaRaye on September 01, 2012:

Crazy story! This, like the story of Fred and Rose West, is proof that violence towards children leads to no good.

His abuse was to the extreme in comparison to a majority, but there is never a good reason to lay hands on a child, it only teaches them it's O.K. to react violently in life.

Dianne on August 26, 2012:

I am amazed at how many people on these posts have such poor grammar and spelling.

Jerry on May 22, 2012:

A man "CHOOSES" what he becomes in life....But God has the LAST say. And God always gets his man.

louie the lilac on April 19, 2012:

He killed a couple stupid greedy business men.The mafia has no reason to pay a guy to kill for them .They order it the soldier or a guy trying to make his bones does the hit and if he screws it up he dies .I mean rally Jimmy Hoffa ,Castellano,Galante,Demeo NO WAY!!! He killed a bunch of nobodys looking for tagamet pills to sell in there store's

Brandy on January 31, 2012:

When every human being is born there is a virtual contract made with all the other human beings in the world and the agreement is that we are going to live our life in a way that will not destroy other people and what they do with their life. It's a promise we all made that we will be given access to all the joys, wonders and trials of being a human being in exchange for not infringing on other peoples contract to have the same access. People like Kuklinski break this contract. He broke the promise he made and all of us took. Because his life was dedicated to destroying other human beings. He did have a terrible childhood but he did eventually grow up and break free. He wasn't forced beyond his control to live the life he did. We all kept our end of the promise - why didn't he keep his? We all hurt and have been wronged sometimes but we still kept our promise. We all have been angry but we kept our promise.

Stevie on January 25, 2012:

For a guy who people are saying only killed a handful of people, he seemed to live a very nice lifestyle, its fact he had three cars, all nice and lived in a very nice neighbourhood. His wife loved expensive furniture, clothes and restaurants. The man had no discernable income other than what he got from his illegal enterprises, and he obviously did well by them so chances are he did have a lot of connected friends, also he said roy demoe gave him a hell of a kicking when they first met, not the sort of thing i would expect someone to say if they were lying. I think he may have exaggerated thjngs but to be fair every single article i have read has had mistakes contradicted by his own mouth, like he killed with chainsaws? He quite plainly says he never KILLED with a chainsaw he dismembered bodies with one but it was messy. I don't think these incorrect articles help people believe his story. If you want to get as much of the story as u will ever get, just read the two published books which are written from both richards and the police perspective.

Huey on November 05, 2011:

To all the people saying that he's bullshitting about all those murders..

If he only killed a couple of people and lied about the rest, how do you think he managed to support his family?

bull on August 26, 2011:

what a load of crap, I don't think he killed more then five.

Samuraijack on August 23, 2011:

As stated in previous post the mug shot is actually his brother Joseph. Joseph was in prison for life for raping and killing a young girl walking her dog and then throwing her and her dog off a roof. Richard Kuklinski was a "bottom feeder" he was not privy to the workings of the Italian Mafia, he did not know Roy Demeo, he did not take part in the hit on Castellano,he was not connected to or did work with the "Westies" the Irish mob. He was certainly a killer and must have killed dozens of people not the 200 plus that is quoted in Phillip Carlo's book. There is a far more accurate book written by the undercover police officer that took Kuklinski down, that book provides a far more accurate picture of what Kuklinsi was, which was an opportunity killer, someone that took advantage of other people’s greed and fear used them, rob them and then killed them. The hilarious portrait in the Carlo book is pure pulp fiction. Kuklinsi being the sociopathic killer and thief that he was played Phillip Carlo like a violin, and earned some extra needed cash while he was in prison. The chapter on the slow death by Rats is really hilarious, as someone that traveled the rat invested tunnels of the New York subway station for years can attest Rats are scavengers, not hunters, they breed and their population grows due the garbage that Humans leave behind. How would Rats in a cave survive? What would they eat? Is there a McDonalds in the cave with a dumpster? Also, if the Rats are living in the cave you can bet your last dollar that there would also be Snakes and Owls and maybe some feral Cats feasting on the Rat population.

steve5150 on August 07, 2011:

Kuklinski was both a serial killer as well as a hit man.

In his spare time he would take the train into New York City and kill bums and pan handlers that annoyed him. He did this just for the fun of it and continued for a number of years because it was believed by the police that derelicts were just killing each other. He used different weapons and methods so the police did not detect the pattern of a serial killer. Of course when your killing junkies and derelicts the cop were not inclined to spend a lot of time looking for the killer.

micka on August 03, 2011:

I don't think he killed 200 people or any thing near it.he maybe had a small hand in some and killed a few he sounded like he was taking blame for his pay masters.if he was such a killer he would have been a hugh liability when caught.

Prod on July 31, 2011:

If all is to be believed about this man alledgedly he murdered many innocent men to test out new ways to kill or to impress other mafia guys so how can the prick say he didn't hurt any kids. These innocent men maybe had families etc. Good riddence to murdering scum like him....

Richard on July 23, 2011:

First, to Robert, of course you kill your debtors when you know they aren't going to pay you. Because the word gets out, everybody involved in that life knows each other. They soon learn that if they don't pay up, they might be next.

Anyways, I watched the interviews with the "ICEMAN", and he is certainly a killer but he's full of shit too. He is a clear narcissist and he feeds off attention. Stories like "I killed the guy then went home and built toys for my children while I watched the news of the murder on the news" are such bullshit it's laughable. He talks about murdering countless people that the investigators know he can't have killed. Why would you trust a guy who says he loves to kill people because they treat him as god before they die to not big himself up for the cameras? This is a man who granted every possible interview possible because he likes people to stoke his ego. Half of what he says is a lie, the other half is not true. I bet he killed a handful of people. Most of what people know about this guy comes from his own mouth.

robert on July 16, 2011:

these are lies - every one knows your don't kill your debtors - since you will never see your money after that....

50K X 200 = 10 Million dollars .

Anyone much less would stop the killing long before . this is stupid .

I think this guy just confeesed crimes because the mafia gave him some money to cover other members -n we are nopt that stupid.

johnbo on July 04, 2011:

well spoken he is. the only thing that the tv interview made me feel other than the murders was his love for his family .the one thing that he did not get from his own.for which i feel sad.nurture is that important. which he did for his own family the only way he could. (PS). LOVE YOUR FAMILY.

RD on June 06, 2011:

he is complete bullshit

Thommo (Australia) on May 18, 2011:

First of all he was a madman who tortured some of his victims specially if it was requested that the mark had to suffer. He also had many methods of killing, e.g. Guns, Knives, Cyanide, Crossbow and even taking the ones that needed to suffer to a cave, stake them to the ground and let the rats do the rest. You will find out all this and more in Phil Carlo's book "Iceman, Confessions of a serial killer" even what happened to his first wife Linda and his other two children.

backthen on May 15, 2011:

I knew mister softie. He drove in jersey city when i was a kid. He was a nice guy i remember he would give me and my friends ice cream and we gave him monolopy money. I remember hearing he was shot i always thought it was a robbery. I also knew the iceman I lived in Bergenfield and had been to his house a few times as a teenager i was friends with one of his daughters. I remember hearing about his arrest and what he did and couldn't believe it

dave on May 15, 2011:

a lot of wrong information in this site, there are several books on the subject of the Iceman, one a biography and one or two written by investigators. Anyone who kills animals for fun should die. Period.

Uncle Beans on April 30, 2011:

He was very god person and he only clean world.

10" X 2" on April 13, 2011:

I was born in Hudson County, N.J. I was a kid when he strung a guy up by his throat in an alley way, and slung him over his shoulder, effectively hanging the guy and walked right by people saying, "my friend is drunk" and no one was the wiser. That alley way is a cobblestone road between Washington and Hudson streets in Hoboken, NJ called "Court street". As a child, I found a corpse and as I got older and heard this story I secretly wondered if it was his? 1984. missing limbs. unrecognizable. Cops found it after I did. They followed the smell just like I did. Jersey City. Before Newport became Newport. No Exchange. Colgate Clock was further inland.

lisa on April 06, 2011:

what makes me laugh is the bleating of his wife he was apparantly this that and the other, that as maybe but she seemed to enjoy spending all the money no questions asked!

savida on March 25, 2011:

I heard an author say that the common denominator these monsters have is terribly abusive FATHERS!

Cure on March 19, 2011:

I wonder how many of his murders were verified? I've been reading the Confessions book by Carlo and believe less than 50% of it. A lot of the murders that he describes are taken directly from movies, ie The Children under the Stairs, etc. The hardest to believe is the vigilante justice hits he claims to have done. Gotta agree with the guy above. This guy probably only killed at most 4-5. He was still a piece of @&$&!!

unanymous on March 16, 2011:

im doin an oral report on him should be a good one cuz i already know a little bit about him

yeahyeah on March 12, 2011:

hmmmm, i don't know what to think of any of this. im not finished with the book yet but in my defense it gets boring near the end. there is a good book titled the sociopath next door that gives a pretty good look into that kind of thinking. my opinion, this guy richard didn't kill as many as he claims, i don't think honesty and truth are at the top of his list, he could lie in a minute he was probably messing with the interveiw. thats the trouble i think is that we know what a (sociopath) is capable of then trust him to tell us the truth about feelings, history, and just trusting them to be honest in the first place is a farce. for a sociopath the only thing that matters is themselves, what's important to them...... so lets say fame, or infamy. then they imbelish......... so what do you do

bigfan on February 19, 2011:

There are people like that in this world. Cold blooded , bad, bad people who tend to matters as such. If you weren't a participant in those type of affairs you wouldn't have to even know these people existed. It what the guy did for a living. It was no big deal to him. I can respect that.

Downtown on February 04, 2011:

Richard kuklinski was a terrible killer, he did torture his victims and was merciless. Most of his victims, however were part of the mafia, some even worse killers and more violent than he (killing innocent women and children and/or sexually abusing them). In a sense, some of his Richards murders were probably better for society (De Meo, Pongsy, etc). He was also very dedicated to his family and loved them dearly. He never cheated on Barbara and loved her immensely. However, he was bipolar and grew irriantiinaly angry to the point of brutally beating Barbara, breaking her nose and even causing her miscarriages. Richard did horrible things and he definitely deserved to be in prison. Reading the book, allows you to understand him a little more and at times you live him others you despise him. I'm not condoning anything he did, I'm simply stating that his life was really complex and when you read a book with him as the main subject it's hard not to find some good about him. Just to reiterate he did deserve to go to jail he was a very dangerous hitman, but the fact that he would not harm women or children is different than many other serial killers. It's like somewhere between his madness he left a little bit of morals.

hairymary on January 21, 2011:

What a sick,twisted world we live in. I'm not refering to Kuklinski but some of the people who posted here. If you look up to this man or are defending his actions or think he is a "badass",listen to the advice of one of the prvious posters,"please get yourself checked out".

Bill on January 20, 2011:


"I did animal torture after seeing my father do it."

Please turn yourself in to the local police.

mark on January 05, 2011:

Although kuklinski was a verified serial killer as was verified by the ny/njpolice departments and probably was involved in some of the "smaller" hits I would be extremely dubious as to him being involved in anything of a higher profile hit . It has been verified in the past few years who the hitme? were in both the castellano and galante killings and as for the Hoffa disappearance .....

joe on December 30, 2010:

Craig,if he is anything close to what he was portrayed as,I would not be overly confident of your statement. He did not get that way without being a real serious badass. Yes, your uncle was most likely as bad as you say he was, but this guy was in the big leagues also. Don't dismiss him that quickly or easily.Lastly, my father in law gave me some solid advice when I was young. He said, " as tough as someone is, there is always someone tougher"

Craig on December 14, 2010:

My uncle was about at this time in the north west of england. This guy would not of lasted 5 minutes with my uncle just has the Krays didn't when they came up north to take over a little town where I'm from.

rich on December 13, 2010:

first, he didn't harm a hair or his kids hair, Barbra said she would have poisoned his food or stabbed him while he slept if that were the case. second all the 200 people he DID KILL were all checked up on by the new jersey police dept, and every detail he said turned out to be true,like how they died, were, when and with what weapon, he even remembers what caliber the barrel of his guns were.

sakara on December 06, 2010:

parents know how to ruin their kid's brains, and lives.

sst6894 on December 05, 2010:

You may correct me if I am wrong, however, the mugshot of the younger fellow on the page is not actually of Richard Kuklinski but it is rather of his brother whom was also placed in prison after raping a 12 year old girl whose body he kicked off the roof along with her dog.

pop on November 17, 2010:

just aswell he never came to scotland. would have got his bum skelped here

jay on October 09, 2010:

sicko he is burning in the lake of fire

Joe on October 04, 2010:

BTW he is not dead !!!

kontraversy on September 26, 2010:

These guys who think this man is not a monster are completely disslusional. How can you even say that, killing a man is murder if not in self defense & if you think its not, you might want to get yourself checked out

tabioooo on September 20, 2010:

I don't know what to say !!! He is a horrible person and i think he shouldn't be alive ! Im horrified of him and i cried when i read this !!! IM SO GLAD HE IS DEAD AND THAT I NEVER HAVE TO FEAR HIM !

Jimmy the German on September 13, 2010:

I think the book s very well written. I believe all the murders he did are true. i never was so sucked in to a book and story like that. I actually dreamt I meet richard in person

HaggardNaggar on August 28, 2010:

The "early mug shot" is not him, that's his brother. And he wasn't a "torturer" he was a hitman.

steveyboy on August 24, 2010:

I have read the book and I found it quite enlightening and interesting. I must admit I found some of it hard to believe, like Richard purporting to have been one of the killers of Paul Castellano because I actually looked the death of this man on the net and it doesn't mention Richard. However I believe a great deal of the murders actually happened, but as someone else put it it's hard to believe that he got away with so many in broad daylight. I certainly would not want to tangle with this man. Once he got a taste for killing there was no stopping him and I know how twisted some people can be especially if he had the upbringing he had,there was no love or compassion there at all and it is very sad that he wasn't brought up better. We live in quite an evil world and it does take alsorts and I suppose someone has to do it.

This man also had a problem that the psychologist confirmed was anti-social behaviourial disorder which manifested in that he doesn't feel nervous and and doesn't feel fear like most people would have if they were doing the things he did.

John on August 06, 2010:

People go through all kinds of crap in life even I you are brought up under similar situations like this you are still a human being part of this society that teaches you the right and wrong ways of life. Any child who attends a school system today is reprimanded and told why even if parents at home do a poor job. You know killing, torturing, stealing all those things are wrong. You can get help and controlling temper comes with self awareness. You know you have these problems get help! You are not a Child anymore you can think.

Guss on August 06, 2010:

Any person can make a mistake in life wind up in jail, situations and circumstances in life can/may drive a normal human being to make mistake heat of the moment. These people may pay their time, get out of jail and live normal the rest of their life without doing society any harm/or not. But when you have a paracite like this known proven to have done all this and possibly more please! Please! Put him asleep eject him from this world. I'd rather have stray and sick dogs live than someone with this capability and capacity.

Dan on August 02, 2010:

I also think he's a liar, his bodylanguage says it, he is no-where near as smart as he thinks he is, he killed 10-15 people tops, other than that, hes completely full of shit, he knew he was getting life sentences so he thought he'd make a name for himself

michelle on May 27, 2010:

I can not believe people are calling richard a monstor!!, if you have actually read the book you would have seen it through his eyes. He was a bit sick yes and he did stop and think that at times but, he grew up knowing no better.

He had an awful up bringing,never was loved, he found his own way to deal with things and unfortionatlly it all started with bullies once he learned to stand up to them he relised that they would back off. He then decided to never let any one else bullie or put him down or he would hurt them.

Now in a way i believe that all though what richard was doing was wrong but, really from his point of view it was, i think god damn clever the way he went about things, the way he planned things and never got caught but at the same time he was a devoted family man, he had his princeples and set ways of life. He knew right from wrong but, he went about it his own way. Most of richards killings was his ''job'' he got paid for it, its what happens in the 'mafia world' he was earning a living to keep his family feed and watered.

Same as us today, just that we aint doing the killing.

michelle on May 27, 2010:

ROBERT 9. if you have read the book then you should know what happened to richards first wife, she had cheated on him with this guy.. the book did mention his name but, i can not remember. anyway, linda, richards first wife went in to a hotel room with this guy, they had been seen by richards brother. richard was informed by his brother soon as he see them enter the hotel.

Richard then kicked the in the door of the room his wife was in and there laid his wife naked with this guy, and of course richard see red. He had beaten this guy to a pulp, broke every bone in his body whist this guy was still breathing.

He then went to linda knocked her out and cut off both her nipples and threw them away.

Linda and the kids never get mentioned later on as richard decided to block them out of his memory for good.

frank on May 20, 2010:

I was victimzed by my parents as was Richard. I was sexually abused and physically abused. I did animal torture after seeing my father do it. I found a woman who twice attempted suicide that loved to bring the rage out in me. Don't call Richard a monster: call him a product from a monster factory.

gloria on May 11, 2010:

i think this guy was badass,,, he did so many stuff i know but when you see who he did it to and why it don't really make him a bad person,, if the book was good i wonder how the movie would look like!!!

Brandon on May 05, 2010:

Kuklinski is a just fascinating story. A guy who flat out embodies testoserone

Rita on April 24, 2010:

Actually, he was a better father than his own father. His family described him as a loving husband and father... the type of man that never wanted to be away from his family. Apparently he gave them anything they could ask for... including affection and a cozy lifestyle. Not bad for a contract killer, i guess.

gut on April 18, 2010:

His dad should have beat him to death before he was old enough to become a monster.

KK4 on April 13, 2010:

I've read the murder machine also it does not mention once in the book, I don't know what this guys is about but he claims to have been in on the hit of Roy demeo and says in his biography that he is the one the mob called on to " get rid of" Hoffa! That's hard to believe.

reaper on April 07, 2010:

That dude was gangsta

Bill on March 25, 2010:

Ill say one thing for Richard Kuklinski.That guy had to be one slick outlaw.How does a 6ft.5in.250 pound man who would stick out like a sore thumb get away with hundreds of murders,many in broad open daylight,for 30 years without anybody catching on???? Makes ya think...

bill on March 05, 2010:

I have read that there is a new movie coming out soon about the ice man with actor Mickey Roark playing the part of Richard Kuklinski.Personally,I think actor John Malkovich should play the role instead.His features,height,and evil stare are much more like Kuklinski's.All he would need to do is gain some extra weight and he would be a natural for the part.

Gareth on February 21, 2010:

In regards to his first wife. The book states that he caught her cheating on him, so he went to the hotel and beat the guy she was seeing and cut off her nipples. He wanted nothing more to do with her or the children. In his eyes they weren't his children.

eddie on February 16, 2010:

Ive read Murder Machine, the story of the Demeo crew who worked out of the Gemeni club and he isn't once mentioned. I think he is something of a fantasist when it comes to his many grim deeds.

Chris on February 07, 2010:

I think Kuklinsky is a very intriguing man, but the person who said "what a friend" should remember one thing from his interview, he killed all his friends. The abuse his parents put him through with his personality disorders turned him into an uncaring and angry person. The only people he cared about was his family, probably because a normal family life is the one thing he always longed for.

Kim on February 02, 2010:

The publicity surrounding the Kuklinsky interviews focused on the "mobster who talks," promoting the pieces as rare exclusives of a hitman who discusses his crimes. But the truth is, Kuklinsky is a clinical psychopath, a text-book serial killer who simply found a way to get paid to do what he loved to do. Serial killers typically have no psychological barriers that conflict with such disclosure and they differ in very significant ways from mafia hitmen who are socialized into the business. The Kuklinsky interviews give us a peak into the mindset of a psychopath, not a mafia hitman, as the media purported.

Christine on January 27, 2010:

I read Philip Carlo's book "The Iceman" and want to know if he was being sarcastic when he wrote at the very end, "Rest In Peace, Richard Leonard Kuklinsky."

BIg E on January 26, 2010:

certain people are good at certain things and some times people do things to fit in with there peers or do things to be accepted by there peers...i think he tried to instill the fear into people that his father instilled into him but he supereseeded his fathers anger level. Humans brains are like computers once and a while the factory makes a diffective one.

Hitman on January 25, 2010:

The man was impresssive in his day but like all these people he became slack. Once caught there was no defiance but only acceptance in his situation. He states many tales of murder, but at the end of it all he is just another bigmouth boasting about, and taking credit for jobs he didn't do. For someone to make it in that world friends are a luxury you can not afford!

stacy ann on January 04, 2010:

I think that it should be made into a movie like casino or goodfellas. His story should be told so everyone should know I think it would be a hit.If it done right

John H on January 01, 2010:

I think he was a hell of a man. Don't get mixed up in crime and you won't have to meet this kind of gentleman. I hope you are getting sucked by many virgins in "HEaven"

Warren on December 21, 2009:

MR softy was a friend he had that was as twisted as him.His friend was the ice cream truck driver who kuklinski later put in a barrel.The first mug shot is richards brother.people should do there research before writing articles.

bassett on December 05, 2009:

what a man

michael on December 02, 2009:

truth is there is a lot of people like him .its just black or white with those guys but usually those guys leave a very strong impreSsion on people my friends father was a cold blooded killer he would tell us stories u wouldn't believe not going into details here but i liked the guy like my father u get a rush just talking with those guys. r.i.p MIKE

Diana on October 24, 2009:

Society, inhumane parenting(I know)can influence the path a person walks in life!

marc on September 28, 2009:

Le Livre de Philippe Carlo m'a tenu en haleine durant les vacances;c'est réellement un 'must'.

DYLAN on September 23, 2009:

I am a year 9 and i will be presenting an oral presentation on this guy. this is going to be fun....

Thomas on September 17, 2009:

I've read a lot of books on killers (and have many)including the one on Richard Kuklinski. But the one most interesting to me, Are the books i have (3) on the little Wisconsin Ghoul, Eddie Gein.

London on September 02, 2009:

Tracey, wind your neck in a bit FFS!

shh120 on August 28, 2009:

I wonder how many of the murders he really did and how many were lies created from his psychopathic mind?

gunsock (author) from South Coast of England on August 08, 2009:

The simple answer is, I don't know what happened to the first wife. The following article gives a clue and some more family background.

robert on August 07, 2009:

The book mentions a first wife, Linda and two sons, but then fails to say what became of them. Is this true, and if so, what happened to them?

Rudy on July 31, 2009:

oh you can bet he killed the people he says he did. i bought the book and read it. i knew a man just like him, cut from the same cloth. his name was tommy from chicago not as big a man 6'1" 225 but every bit as fierce. fact is i would put my money on tommy in a confrontation. but he's dead too, so there probably chasing each other in hell right now!

Bert on July 30, 2009:

I think he was a liar. I do not believe he killed more than 5 people. And he was caught on those.

Tracey on July 27, 2009:

I read the book and couldn't put it down,he had no fear. With regards to that text from that person above saying "his mother was Irish Hence the temper" what an idiot you are,everyone in this world have tempers.I feel for his wife Barbara she went through heartache,I also feel for his daughter Merrick she loved her dad and still stands by him.

wolfcub on July 18, 2009:

i know what he done was bad but what a friend to have

Davo on July 10, 2009:

He is no worse than any American cop.

London on June 30, 2009:

He was only half Polish. His mother was Irish hence that temper!

N. Corrozo on April 27, 2009:

That pic up there I think is his brother, Richie never looked that sloppy, this article is wrong.

fiddly on February 08, 2009:

The "early mugshot" is actually a mugshot of his brother Joseph, who raped and murdered a 12-year-old girl. I believe he was mentioned in the text.

guido pucci on January 21, 2009:

i knew the man and he was a product of his upbringing, he was a good friend and i will always remember him fondly.

Jennifer on December 02, 2008:

Je lis le livre "confessions d'un tueur à gages" de Philippe Carlo. C'est étonnant de voir comme une personne peut passer à travers les mailles du filet en tuant autant de personnes. Le sadisme de cet homme pour tuer vous donne froid dans le dos. Il faut de temps en temps arrêter la lecture car c'est vraiment très dur. Heureusement qu'il existe peu de "ice man" de ce genre. Le livre est à lire absolument mais, accrochez-vous.

gunsock (author) from South Coast of England on May 29, 2008:

My own view is that they've always existed in every society, in every era. Now at least we have the advantage of instant communication to find and publicise them.

Dan from Priest River, ID on May 29, 2008:

It makes me wonder, does a degrading society breed these types of sociopaths?

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