- NAME: Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski
- OCCUPATION: Organized Crime Boss
- BIRTH DATE: April 11, 1935
- DEATH DATE: March 05, 2006
- Did You Know?: Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski said he'd never kill a woman—though he did try to kill his wife several times.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Jersey City, New Jersey
- PLACE OF DEATH: Trenton, New Jersey
- Full Name: Richard Leonard Kuklinski
- Nickname: The Iceman
- AKA: Richard Kuklinski
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Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski parlayed his penchant for violence into a hitman contract for some of the most prominent Mafia crime families, and is believed to have killed between 100-200 men.
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Kuklinski would later say that he learned many of these tactics from fellow hitman Robert Pronge, also known as "Mister Softee" because he drove an ice cream truck as his cover. Kuklinski earned the moniker "The Iceman" for freezing many of his victims to obfuscate their time of death.
Richard Kuklinski was caught in December 1986, at age 51, and incarcerated for life in 1988. In prison, he granted interviews with writers, psychiatrists and criminologists, waxing hyperbolic about how many men he killed—up to 200—and appearing in two HBO documentaries. He first denied then claimed involvement in the death of teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance and death.
Kuklinski died on March 5, 2006, in Trenton, New Jersey, under mysterious circumstances. He was set to testify in another crime family murder, and had told family members prior to his death that he was being poisoned. Law-enforcement officials believe that Kuklinski was responsible for somewhere between 100-200 murders.
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