Richard's Fall

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For the next thirty years, Richard went on to kill over two-hundred people using various methods that kept law enforcement guessing. These methods of killing included guns, ice picks, hand grenades, crossbows and chainsaws, but his favorite method of murder, he'd later proudly confess, was a nasal-spray bottle filled with cyanide. 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 would sometimes be paid to torture his victims before killing them one instance of this was when he took his victim to a cave filled with rats leaving them to be eaten alive while he recorded it and gave it to his contractor who was repulsed by his methods. even they feared who Richard was.  However, it was not long before the FBI started to catch on and the Demeo crew was under scrutiny. Roy was becoming a liability and Richard became frantic. covering his tracks and not forgetting the beating Roy had given him Richard murdered Roy shooting him multiple times in his car. However, this claim has been disputed. Richard then became an independent killer who dealt with contract killing, narcotics, pornography, arms deals and money laundering. After many years Richard formed his own crew but soon slipped when he poisoned his whole crew and the FBI were able to tie the murders to him. For six years Pat Kane became obsessed with catching Richard as he knew Richard was responsible for hundreds of murders and knew justice must be served. However Richard knew of justice as it was confessed he had rescued a young boy from two men trying to rape him, he rescued a group of children from a sex trafficking operation by killing their capturers and was also contracted to kill a rapist and decided to torture him by ripping off his genitals, flailing his skin and disemboweling him then throwing the rapist into the ocean keeping him barely alive. Richard hated child abusers and rapists and refused to kill a woman unless she herself was a direct threat to him. After years of investigating and following Richard police finally had a breakthrough and in December 1986 he was caught meeting an undercover cop to buy cyanide for a planned murder the conversation was recorded and Richard was apprehended aged 51 and incarcerated for life in 1988. Barbara was also arrested for trying to prevent Richard's arrest. 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.

 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

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Richard and His Biographer Philp Carlo

Richard 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.


"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." - Richard Kuklinski

Buy Philip Carlo's Biography here

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Buy Philip Carlo's Biography here

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ice-Man-Confessions-Contract-Killer/dp/1845963393

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