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Monday, August 20, 2007

The Iceman Confessions Of A Mafia Hitman

Up Close and Personal with a Killer When I was finally admitted into the bowels of Trenton State Prison in New Jersey’s capital to interview multiple murderer Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. “the Iceman,” it wasn’t at all what I had expected. My assumption was that it would be like the movies.

We’d be separated by a shatter-proof glass barrier. We’d communicate through telephone handsets. There would be guards all around watching our every move. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Clarice Starling had more protection when she visited Dr. Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lector in The Silence of the Lambs. At least she had bars.

And frankly, as a killer, Lector was downright crude compared to the stealth and skullduggery of the Iceman. Lector liked to bite; Kuklinski preferred a cyanide solution administered from a nasal spray bottle. A surprise spritz to the face usually produced a shocked inhalation from the victim, who as a result would die in under a minute.

And unless the body was found right away and a savvy medical examiner knew what to look for, the poison would go undetected because cyanide naturally dissipates in the body after two hours. But cyanide was only one of the things I was thinking about on the morning of January 16, 1992, when I arrived for my date with the Iceman.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.. This is stunning!

3:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very early on, when asked about the weapons he carried, he mentions "we" would .... so there is more than one?

4:12 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

They did a few hours on him on A&E and after watching it all I don't believe him. He talks about murders he carried out that seem really dumb, like beating a guy to death in a bar or poisoning someone he was having a meal with... that stuff is slam-dunk for a detective to solve, and he supposedly on half a dozen times got away with that kind of blatant public crime. I have no doubt hes a multiple killer for hire but I also think he's blowing a ton of smoke at the producers.

9:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

...mmm so there were more than one!!!! well done sherlock... get back on the case then!

7:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a perfect case of are killers made or born? I think in this case he was made. Who knows what type of man he would have turned in to if he had love in his childhood. In the book that was written about him that he inputed into that the one person that he wished that he would have killed was his father.
Many people say that they don't belive him because he talks about the killings as if he is talking about the weather. What i think people are forgetting is that it was a job to him, just like working in an office for over 20 years. After a while of working in that office, if you would talk about the work you did after to retire, you would to be deadpan about it.
Everyone has a way of compartmenting there emotions and memory's. You never know what you are able to do. Everything that he has ever said about a murder has been checked out by the police and everything has been proven to be true.

12:32 AM

Blogger maca said...

Anonymous; when Richard uses 'we' as opposed to 'I' he is referring to the fact that it appears that there are two Richards. The Richard who is a father and a husband was often loving and one of the nicest guys you could meet whereas the Richard who got angry could rip a person apart and do some serious damage. He actually didn't like this side of him but his anger took control. David, you're thinking of modern day detective work and Richard operated during the '60s and '70s. Some of his kills were risky but the majority were on either homeless people or mafia guys, in other words the individuals most likely to die so police just chalked it up to yet another gang killing in a mafia infested area.

10:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its obvious when he says "we" he is referring to someone he was working with. That murder probably happened after he led his own murder ring. I don't think he sees himself as two people, he can just compartmentalize it. Kill a guy, then worry about putting a wagon together. It's the fact that these murders were public, like the hamburger one, that allowed him to get away with it. Who kills people in a diner? The people just died, no one ever thought it could be a murder. Even today some murder victims almost go unnoticed as such.

10:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Julie. This man doesnt feel the emotion about murder because he chooses not to. He even says that if he did feel, it would hurt him. I am by NO means condoning what this man has done. What he has done is evil and sick. But I do see his side. Hes not as much a threat to society as a drug-depraved psycho with a machine gun or whatever that guy said. This is a man who killed to make money. Hes a man who didnt know what to do and did the wrong thing. Yes, I believe he deserves to rot in prison, but I sympathise (sp?). Hes not as evil as the media makes him out to be. Hes just a man who felt boxed into a corner (whether he was or not) and saw the only way out as his final products. I by no means condone or approve of his crimes. I just understand that HE thought it was all he could do and did it.

1:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, very interesting. I think that killing some of Scumbags that were mentioned in the book was a job well done, and that the world could use a few more people like him. Thats my opion, but like they say opions are like assholes everybody has one right ? However some of the killings toward the homeless and harmless was uncalled for. I do wish Richard inner peice,and hope that he can some day have love and forgiveness for himself and the ignorance of mankind. And to the family, I wish you all the best,and hope you can forgive,him with love and understanding,especially with the knowing, that hurt people, hurt people. PEACE,from the Canadian crippler.

11:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got to agree with Jack the Canadian crippler, rather than judgeing, wich people are quick at doing. But instesd try to understand why people do the things they do. I to, wich Him and the family peace and Happiness.

6:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hes actually dead already

11:36 PM

Blogger Master Cianan said...

I loved how that undercover cop was wearing an obvious toupee. And in the older footage, right after being shown in court without it, he's talking to the cameras with it on.

Interesting doc, too.

12:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He did some work for the Gambinos. Probably worked with some of their soldiers or something.

10:46 AM

Anonymous Derrick Eral Brown said...

That was probably one of the most fascinating and disturbing interviews I have ever seen.

5:56 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

""I don't believe him. He talks about murders he carried out that seem really dumb, like beating a guy to death in a bar or poisoning someone he was having a meal with... that stuff is slam-dunk for a detective to solve""

Whats to hard to believe about those things?
When he beat the guy in a bar, obviously he didnt do it INSIDE the bar. They got into an argument inside the bar and then when the other guy left he did his job.
And about the poisoning in the restaurant: He would put cyanide in their food or clothes without them noticing and after a few hours they would die.

7:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disturbingly I actually knew a man who worked as a hit man, and who had been in a special "unnamed" army unit that would work in the toughest war zones in the world gathering information from targets. The way he would talk about his hits and the things that they would do to get targets to talk was exactly like this guy - it's like the nice, actually sweet, guy I knew would switch off, and his eyes would get dark and cold and he'd very deadpan talk about how a body jerks when it's being burned because the muscles tense and snap etc. It's very easy to dismiss someone talking like that as blowing smoke, but when you see the personality shift when they start telling those accounts, you cannot say that anymore.

12:57 PM


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