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The Ice Man by Philip Carlo
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Jan 14, 09

Read in December, 2008

Enter New Jersey, mid-19th century. There are immigrants coming from all over the world to America searching for a new job or opportunity to be successful. In this society lived two young "lovers", Stanely and Anna Kuklinski. Together, they had 4 kids, one of whoms name was Richard. Richard Kuklinski. This man would live to become one of the most successful and ruthless contract killers that the world had ever known.
Born into a family of extreme poverty and abuse, he was beaten regularly. Richard, his mom Anna, and his older brother would often be assaulted at the drop of a hat. His father would come home in a bad mood, complain about something or someone, and then break out into a blind fury against his family. Eventually, this led to the death of Richard's older brother, which fueled his inner fury towards his father. Richard's first act of extreme violence was against a resident in the projects where he lived, a neighborhood bully. After killing him (he only intended to "teach him a lesson"), Rich calmy stowed the body in his trunk, cut off different body parts from the body, and threw it into a New Jersey swamp. Rich learned these techniques from the multiple "True Crime" magazines he read. This was the first kill in a long string of murders and hits that Richard would carry out. Throughout his long career of professional killing, he estimated that he killed around 200 people, using such weapons as knives, grenades, guns, silenced rifles, ice picks, bats, and poison, his favorite being cyanide. Richard even ran into another professional killer who showed him how to make a spray that could be absorbed into the skin. Richard even employed rats as helpers whenever the client payed Richard to "make the target suffer".
Overall, I found this to be a really interesting book. It showed how easily someone back then could get away with multiple, random murders. It also showed parts of the Italian Mafia family, with other interesting professional killers such as Roy Demeo and Paulo Castellano. It was a really good book, so I gave it 5 stars.

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