The Ice Man by Philip Carlo- the true story of a ruthless American hitman
Read about this cold, calculating, psycho killer
Iceman is one of the most grisly and bloodthirsty books I have ever read. Written by Philip Carlo, the basic premise of the story is that Richard Kuklinski from Dumont, New Jersey is badly beaten as a child by his Dad and neglected by his Mum. Eventually Richard's brother, Florian is murderd by his Dad, and this sets off the psychopath in Richard.
He ends up becoming a big time American drug dealer, and he starts killing homeless people randomly, in the slums for no reason but pleasure, until he finds a niche market in killing people in the underworld for money. He ends up travelling all over the world to carry out contract hits or killings.
He claims to have killed over 250 men between 1948 and 1986, and that he killed his first man at age 13. He was 196 cm and 130 kilograms, his superior power and strength would have aided his killing.
Kuklinski would team up with other professional killers whom he considered friends, but he had a bad habit of killing all his friends except one, and this was his undoing.
There are money reasons why people were paying this man to kill. Business partners turning on each other, drug debts owed, drug rivals treading on each other’s territory, and men having affairs with others wives.
Kuklinski, built up a relationship with the mafia, a man named Roy DeMeo, and here is where I will relate to you one of the hundreds of similar tales in this book.
A particular underworld player had offended one of the Dons- Roy DeMeo, and the Italian mafia somewhat badly, by having an affair with his wife. The mafia wanted this man dead so they hired Kuklinski. They told him that they wanted this man to suffer, but they wanted hard evidence, and they would pay extra for it.
Kuklinski went eagerly exploring, in the American mountain bush, to seek a venue for his next grisly adventure. He found a large cave inhabited by nocturnal rats, with a dirt floor. He kidnapped his hapless subject took him to the cave and tied him down spreadeagled on the floor of the musky dark cave.
He left him there overnight with a video camera filming all the action with the aid of a battery powered spotlight.
He gets extremely inventive and has many brainwaves in regard to the way he can easily kill people, and still be above suspicion. An example is, he gets a chemist to make up a concoction of Cyanide and other chemicals and then he puts it into a spray pack.
He squirts it in his victims faces, being careful to stay upwind, and they die immediately of a heart attack, and the Cyanide evaporates without a trace. Brilliant but heartless, cold, and cruel. Psychopathic!
Another ingenious way he makes a man suffer, is to tie him to a tree near a beach where there are plenty of large, predatory sharks, video recorder running of course. He proceeds to perform all manner of violen, unmentionable acts upon his hapless victim, of which I am not going to tell you- read the book.
He then disembowels the man with a sharp knife and walks him gently backwards into the surf, life vest attached, and floats him out to the finned, grey, killing machines. He is eaten to death. If you are squeamish, don’t read this book. It is extremely well researched and written. I could not put it down, maybe it’s the psychopath in me?
Eventually they catch up with this psychopath, nutcase and he gets life in jail, When the authorities finally caught up with Kuklinski in 1986, they based their case almost entirely on the testimony of undercover agent Dominick Polifrone. Kuklinski claims in police interviews that there was only one friend he did not kill (Phil Solimene). He believed this was the reason for his being arrested.
In 1988, a New Jersey court convicted Kuklinski of five murders and sentenced him to consecutive life sentences, making him ineligible for parole until age 110. In 2003, he pleaded guilty to the 1980 murder of NYPD detective Peter Calabro and got another 30 years.
During his incarceration, Kuklinski granted interviews to prosecutors, psychiatrists, criminologists, writers, and television producers about his criminal career, upbringing, and personal life.
Kuklinski died at the age of 70 at 1:15 a.m. on March 5, 2006. He was in a secure wing at St Francis Medical Centre in Trenton, New Jersey, at the time, although the timing of his death has been labeled suspicious.
If you are squeamish, don’t read this book. It is extremely well researched and written. I could not put it down, maybe it’s the psychopath in me?