According to neighbors and family, Richard Kuklinski was a model family man. They didn’t know that he led a double life, and his secret life was deadly.
Richard was a hitman in the mafia and had earned the name “Iceman killer” from a style he had of disposing of his victim’s bodies.
An interviewer once asked him if he likened himself to an assassin, and all he said was, “I was just a murderer.” You would think a murderer is just a casual job.
He was convicted of killing six people, but that was only a small number. Richard claimed to have killed hundreds, and it was very believable.
Earlier Life Of Richard Kuklinski
Richard was born on 11th April 1935 in Jersey City. His father was an alcoholic, while ironically, his mother was strictly religious.
Richard was introduced early to abuse, with his parents beating him regularly. His father was so rough that he beat Richard’s elder brother to death.
All these abuses affected Richard’s mental state. He began violent acts of torturing and killing stray cats and dogs.
At 14 years old, he beat a bully to death. Richard grew into a human giant, at six feet and five inches tall, weighing 300 pounds.
He got indebted to a mob member whom he owed money. When the mob sent people to rough up Richard, the mob leader was impressed by Richard’s acceptance of the beating.
He hired Richard into the mob. Richard got into all crimes, such as robberies, illegal p*rnography, and beating those who got on the wrong side of the mafia.
He earned respect in the mafia for his hardened nature and consistently ‘persuade’ people who owed the mafia to pay up.
Richard soon caught the interest of the Gambino crime family.
Making Of The Iceman
Richard’s reputation spread to the elite of the organized crime world.
He was hired for his first killing by the DeCavalcante family, who hired him for his first killing. He was a professional and practiced killing just for pleasure.