Richard Kuklinski

Demographic Info

The Iceman, The Polack|Convicted of 5; Claims 250MaleCaucasianUSANomadicCriminal Enterprise1935/04/11 (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)2006/03/05 (Trenton, New Jersey; Natural causes)


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Richard Kuklinski was born on April 11, 1935, in New Jersey, New Jersey. He had three siblings in his family. Kuklinski’s father was known to have beaten one of his children so badly that he died shortly afterwards. In his youth, Kuklinski began torturing animals and thought about killing his father. He dropped out of school in grade eight after murdering one member of a gang and nearly murdering the rest of the gang after he was picked on.

Kuklinski’s murder series began in 1949, at the age of 13, and ended in December of 1986. In the 1950s, Kuklinski was involved with the DeCavalcante crime family and would carry out hits for them. He later became associated with the Gambino crime family and would carry out hist for them over the next 30 years. During this time it is believed that Kuklinski committed most of his murders. All of Kuklinski’s victims were males. He would murder his victims in many ways, including shooting, bludgeoning, stabbing, suffocating, beating, hand grenades, fire and cyanide. Kuklinski’s favorite method of murder was cyanide. He claimed that he murdered some of his victims by injecting cyanide into their food or putting cyanide into a nasal spray and spraying his victims in the face. He enjoyed torturing his victims prior to their deaths. Some victims were stabbed and left in rat-infested areas to be eaten alive or to bleed to death. Kuklinski would dismember many of his victims, put some into trash compactors and barrels or would leave others on park benches. He earned his nickname “Iceman” because he would sometimes freeze the remains of his victims to disguise their time of death.

On December 17, 1986, Kuklinski was arrested after undercover agents and informants gathered enough evidence against him. Kuklinski had met with a federal agent to purchase cyanide for a murder and was arrested 2 hours after. He was charged with 5 counts of murder, 6 weapons violations, attempted murder, robbery and attempted robbery. In 1988, Kuklinski was found guilty for committing 5 murders and was sentenced to 5 consecutive life sentences. He plead guilty to the murder of a NYPD detective in 2003 and was sentenced to another 30 years in prison. On March 5, 2006, age 70, Kuklinski died of natural causes.

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Victims of Richard Kuklinski

on August 26th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Richard Kuklinski was found guilty for murdering five people, but is suspected to have been involved in the murders of over one-hundred men. We currently have information on five of his known murder victims and two of his suspected murder victims. Charley Lane Charley was murdered in 1949. He had…

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