"Iceman Dies Age 70"
Richard Kuklinski died of unknown causes in Trenton, New Jersey at the age of 70. Although authorities say they believe he died of natural causes, the timing of his death is considered suspicious by some, as he was scheduled to testify that he had killed a New Jersey police officer in the 1980s on the orders of former Gambino crime family underboss Sammy Gravano. A few days after Kuklinksi's death, prosecutors dropped all charges against Gravano, saying that without the hit man's testimony they had insufficient evidence to continue.
"I'm The Niceman, Not The Iceman".
Richard grew up into a man that tolerated no disrespect. He described his first kill as an adult: In Jersey City one evening, he used a car bomb triggered by gasoline to kill a man. The man had insulted him in front of other people in a bar.
He found the man sleeping in his car sometime later and he thought "I am really gonna light your fire, you little sucker" and through bottle of gasoline into the car which caused an explosion.
Richard said he could hear the man screaming and yelling as he turned around and walked away. As he turned the corner Richard could smell him and he was still screaming.
(information taken from the Iceman Tapes}
"There are people all over the country that have died from something that wasn't natural, lets put it that way."
"Nothing Bothers Me, Nothing At All".
On December 27, 1982, the decomposing body of Gary Smith was found in a hotel room. Autopsy showed Smith had been poisoned with cyanide The fourth couple to rent the room complained to management of an ungodly odour. When the mattress was lifted, the bloated, blackened body was later identified as Gary Smith.
One Of The Most Diabolical Killers In History April 11, 1935 – March 5, 2006
Richard Kuklinski was born April 11, 1935 to poor Polish parents in a low income housing project in Jersey City. His father was a brakeman for the railroad and his mother worked in a meat packing plant.
He didn't like his father Stanley, who beat him constantly and his mother Hanna was also very abusive. He grew up going to a Catholic grammar school and worked as an altar boy in the church and he grew up hating his father for the abuse and humiliation he suffered. His father finally abandoned the family, leaving Richard to fend for himself.
In 1949 Richard committed his first murder when he bludgeoned a neighbourhood bully to death at the age of eighteen while protecting his territory. For months after his first kill Richard was terrified and often physically ill, 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 now saw himself as a someone.
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 Joey 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....he is now deceased.
Richard a man of many deals and usually several at once, stole cars, traded in food, guns and drugs. He worked at a film lab, where he pirated pornographic films and sold them to people connected with the Gambino Crime Family. Eventually he got involved in business deals with Roy DeMeo, the most feared hit-man for the Gambino family.
Soon he was doing hit jobs for the family, working with a gang that operated from the Gemini Lounge in Brooklyn, NY. Richards 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. Because of the fear the he inspired in most people, most repaid their debts to the family.
In 1960 he met 19 year old Barbara Hendren and they married in 1961 and had three children, two girls and one boy. They lived the lives of gamblers - one day they were rolling in money and the next they were broke.
By the 1970's, Richard had become well off from being a hit man. He lived in an expensive middle-class home in a good neighbourhood with his wife and three children. He charged at least $50,000 per hit and told his family and neighbours that he was a businessman. The Iceman who claims to have killed over 200 people, led a "seemingly" normal family life. He was just the big guy in the split level down the street.
Kuklinski's mentor DeMeo was a capo in the Gambino crime family and had a nearly psychopathic temper and a bloodthirsty reputation. The members of his Brooklyn crew were young, vicious, and had a taste for the ghoulish. They did their dirty work in an apartment rented by DeMeo's cousin, a man nicknamed Dracula. DeMeo would make people disappear here. Methods varied but it always involved stabbing the victim's heart repeatedly to stop the gushing blood, hanging the body over the tub to drain it, carving it up into small pieces, wrapping them tight, then distributing them around the city a Dumpster here, a garbage can there.
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