Richard Kuklinski

Richard Kuklinski

Famed hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski got his nickname from experimenting with freezing bodies of his victims to obfuscate the time of death. He learned this technique from fellow hitman Robert Pronge also known as “Mister Softee” because he drove an ice cream truck as his cover. He devised a number of creative ways to kill people, including cyanide decanted into a nasal spray. He worked largely for the Gambino crime family, where he was nicknamed “The Devil Himself.” He was only caught after a Mafia member snitched on him and agreed to wear a wire while discussing a contract killing. Arrested in 1986, Kuklinski was found guilty of several murders and given a life sentence. He confessed to killing over 100 people.

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