The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

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Macmillan, Sep 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 440 pages
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Philip Carlo's The Ice Man spent over six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Top Mob Hitman. Devoted Family Man. Doting Father. For thirty years, Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski led a shocking double life, becoming the most notorious professional assassin in American history while happily hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey.

Richard Kuklinski was Sammy the Bull Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, then head of the Gambino crime family, at Sparks Steakhouse. Mob boss John Gotti hired him to torture and kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, Kuklinski would make his victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with coldhearted intensity and shocking efficiency, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.

This trail of murder lasted over thirty years and took Kuklinski all over America and to the far corners of the earth, Brazil, Africa, and Europe. Along the way, he married, had three children, and put them through Catholic school. His daughter's medical condition meant regular stays in children's hospitals, where Kuklinski was remembered, not as a gangster, but as an affectionate father, extremely kind to children. Each Christmas found the Kuklinski home festooned in colorful lights; each summer was a succession of block parties.

His family never suspected a thing.

Richard Kuklinski is now the subject of the major motion picture titled "The Iceman"(2013), starring James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, and Chris Evans.

 

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The Ice Man takes a look at how demented a person can really become when they have a really twisted childhood full of abuse and neglect. Right from the first chapter this biography plunges you into ... Read full review

Contents

Mortal Sin Indeed
13
Reborn
30
Long Walks Short Piers
43
Mob Guys and Crooked Cops
63
Independent Contractor
68
Tough and Rough and Ready to Go
74
BARBARA
79
Bambi Meets the Ice Man
81
The Office
217
Mister Softee
224
Joe and Marys
232
Off the Record
245
Sammy the Bull Gravano
255
THE MANHATTAN PROJECT
259
The Lone Ranger
261
The Gang That Couldnt Shoot Straight
264

Possession
85
Aunt Sadie
90
This Is for You Richard
94
Betrayal
101
Love and Marriage and a Baby Carriage
107
Enter the Lone Ranger
122
VERY BAD GOODFELLAS
125
Making Ends Meet
127
Murder Runs in the Family
132
Lets Do the Twist
135
TheGambinos
141
Partnership Born in Hell
146
Forgive Me Father for I Have Sinned
150
The Porn King of New York
152
Family Man
156
Hit Man
161
Lady and PouillyFuisse
172
Blood Money
178
The Big Guy
191
Rolling Over in His Grave
198
Double Suck
205
The Disassembling of Roy DeMeo
276
The Elusive Muskie
288
How the Fuck You Doin
293
The Store
297
Sparks Steak House
307
Would You Like Some Tea?
316
Ive Got Some Rats I Have to Get Rid Of
323
Operation Ice Man
330
Hit Kit
340
HOMICIDE SUPERSTAR
357
The Quiet Before the Storm
359
With a Wiggle
362
The Politics of Murder
369
The State of New Jersey v Richard Leonard Kuklinski
373
It Was Due To Business
376
Its Not TV Its HBO
380
Secrets of a Mafia Hit Man
386
The Ice Man Versus Sammy the Bull
389
No Sunset No Sunrise
396
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About the author (2007)

Philip Carlo was the author of Gaspipe, The Butcher, and The Night Stalker, which chronicles the brutal career of serial killer Richard Ramirez. Carlo grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, amidst the world's highest concentration of Mafia members. When he was 16, Carlo was shot in the head in a gang war, and while recuperating, he read voraciously, discovering the magic of books for the first time. His intimate knowledge of Mafia culture—their walk and their talk—helped Carlo become a successful crime writer. He died in 2010 from ALS.

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