The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
He was Sammy the Bull Gravanoâ€™s partner in the killing of Paul Castellano. John Gotti hired him to torture and kill his neighbor. A favorite among all the seven East Coast crime families, Richard â€œIce Manâ€ Kuklinski conducted his business with coldhearted intensity. By his own estimate, he murdered over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and feroc
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The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer is a true life crime story of a serial killer without conscience or scruples. I cannot overemphasize that this book is graphic and highly disturbing. Do NOT read this book if you are sensitive to explicit violence, including against animals!!
I listened to the audio book describing the life of Richard Kuklinski. His early childhood was harrowing with a father who killed his older brother and an ...more
To start with there are only perhaps 50 pages of actual content in the book, rephrased so many times, over and over and over for 400+ pages that at some point you'll start to wish a real hitman would show up and put you out of your misery.
Which brings us to whether any of this is true, and if so how much. There does not appear to have been any research done by the author. He repeats the words of a criminal who (IMO ...more
Having had a truly horrific childhood that did away with whatever humanity he had to start with, Richard was already a killer by the age of 13. Discovering a fearsome talent for murder he was already killing for sport by the time he was tapped to carry out contracts for various Mob famili ...more
No doubt Kulkinski was a bad dude, but he's also a bad liar. I'm not sure what part of this story pushed me into total disbelief, but perhap ...more
After reading this book, I went straight on youtube to find the HBO documentaries which were mentioned and found myself irritated at some of the glaring contradictions (in the book it was written that he committed his first murder at the age of 13 with a piece of wood, in the documentary it was 18 in a bar with a pool cue for one).. I ...more
This was a highly disturbing glimpse into the double life Richard Kuklinski lead. He was a serial killer who died of natural causes in prison in March, 2006. He claims to have killed over 100 people. He used to freeze his victims to confuse the authorities when the actual time of death took place. That was his strategy that he used for many years to keep from getting the murders traced back to him. Philip Carlo interviewed Kuklin ...more
After reading the book I listened to the actual interviews. It seems like he was baited in to g ...more
Richard Kuklinski was a very interesting man to say the least, his family life, his secret life of murder and his long list of petty crimes and schemes! He had been in staying in a locality for his life and no one ever got a clue about his double life including his wife.
When you finish "The Ice Man", you'll feel as if you know the guy. The book starts off talking about Richard's horrible childhood and how/when he committe ...more
I think the story told by Richard Kuklinski to Philip Carlo tried in some ways tried to ameliorate his 'career choice'. I acknowledge he had a terrible childhood and early teenage life ...more
If you liked "The Hunger Games" but was hoping that the main character was a grown Polish-American psychopath instead of a teenage angst-ridden girl, then this just might be the book for you. Yes, as in The Hunger Games, there is plenty of killing to go around, much, much, more and in many more creative (and did I mention real) ways. But unlike The
at any rate, this is a fun read about a bad man, bu ...more
Carlo shows us the real Richard and then let's us choose how we see him.
Richard had my sides, a wonderful work ethic, a torn family man with a hair trigger and I'm sure Park Dietz gained much insight into human behavior from Richard.
This is true life, this is how it done. Carlo does not sugar coat any part of Richard.
As I read the book I was able to see the same eyes without a soul that Carlo did.
This book is about a guy named Richard Kuklinski who was a contract killer for the mafia. When he was young other kids were always picking him on, his dad was an abusive alcoholic that beat his older brother to death, and gave Richard beating everyday. One day he got sick of being bulled and started hitting his bully with a wooden stick but he beat him to death accidently. When grew up he had a family but no education so all he could do were things like robbing trucks and killing for money.
The m ...more
the moral lines are schewed. he was totally against killing women and children ...but yet he was okay with killing a stranger for cutting him ...more