The Chicago Syndicate: "Iceman" Dies

Saturday, March 11, 2006

"Iceman" Dies

Friends of ours: Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski

Richard Kuklinski, a notorious Mafia hitman known as "The Iceman" who claimed to have killed more than 100 people and was the subject of several books and two cable television documentaries, has died. He was 70. He died Sunday at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, Corrections spokeswoman Deirdre Fedkenheuer said Monday. She did not disclose the cause of death, but said it was not suspicious. Kuklinski was serving life prison sentences at New Jersey State Prison for two murders.

He claimed to have been a killer-for-hire for the mob. Just five years ago, he confessed to two murders on an HBO special, "The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hit Man." Kuklinski earned the nickname "The Iceman" because he kept some victims' bodies in a North Bergen freezer.

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