Richard “Iceman” Kuklinski really does put the “fun” in funeral. If you enjoyed either of the two Hitman movies or any of the video games, prepare to meet an actual, real-life hitman.
Why is he called The Iceman???
This nickname was given to him because he would often take the body of a victim and place it inside a freezer. After a certain amount of time passed, this time varied from corpse to corpse, he would then place the frozen body in a location of his choice.
This was done to better cover his tracks. When the coroner’s would inspect the body, they would become confused because the time of death was completely thrown off by the ice crystals in the victims veins. Evil genius much?
Confessions of a Mafia Hitman
In Conversations With a Killer, Kuklinski goes into graphic detail about topics ranging from his abusive childhood, to a step-by-step breakdown of murders he committed not only for money, but also enjoyment.
This is partially what made him such a force of nature. He literally enjoyed the act of killing. He’s never claimed to be driven by some satanic force or voices in his head that told him to kill.
Best described in his own words, “By now you know what I liked most was the hunt, the challenge of what the thing was. The killing for me was secondary. I got no rise as such out of it… for the most part. But the figuring it out, the challenge — the stalking and doing it right, successfully — that excited me a lot. The greater the odds against me, the more juice I got out of it.”
Throughout the documentary, your face will freeze in fear, amazement, and shock.
The way Kuklinski describes his ferocious acts of violence, sometimes completely random by the way, will have you chilled to the core of your soul.
Complete Lack of Remorse
You can sense the complete lack of remorse for his acts. It feels like he’s toying with the interviewer every step of the way. He takes long pauses, meticulously chooses his words, and even offers a few dark jokes along the way.
Someone who’s in his line of work would most likely benefit from posessing an affinity for extreme mental gymnastics and mental prowess.
He takes advantage of his sharpened mental sword throught the doc. Then again how sharp was his mental sword really?
He ended up getting caught, did he not?
Evil Geniuses Go To Jail Too
Even the most intelligent or clever individuals who become serial murders all have their flaws and their moments of arrogance, which usually lead to their eventual capture. Kuklinski was no exception.
Without giving too much away, Confessions of a Mafia Hitman is ultimately an in-depth confession booth tell-all coming straight from the mouth of the Iceman himself.
Motion Picture Adaptation
Michael Shannon (of Boardwalk Empire, 99 Homes, Nocturnal Animals) stars as Richard Kuklinski.
I think it’s worth checking out if you have any further interest on the subject.