Biography is a literary genre that portrays the experiences of all these events occurring in the life of a person, mostly in a chronological order. The Iceman is a biography on Richard Leonard Kuklinski “The Iceman” (April 11, 1935 – March 5, 2006).
Richard Kuklinski started his career by killing neighbourhood cats as a youth and said he committed his first murder at 14, after which, he said, he felt “empowered.”
He was an altar boy and dropped out of school in eighth grade The author Philip Carlo tells the story of Richard in a journalistic, documentary style.
This account of the multiple atrocities committed over 43 years by Richard “The Ice Man” Kuklinski—as sadistic a killer as most readers would ever want to encounter in print—seems like more of an as-told-to than an independent journalistic narrative, though Carlo says that he verified Kuklinski’s accounts where possible.
But rather than critically assess Kuklinski’s largely self-serving tales of his roles in such major mob killings as those of Jimmy Hoffa and Gambino boss Paul Castellano,
Carlo (The Night Stalker ) seems to accept them. Instead of applying objective insight into how such a murderer—who researched methods that would prolong his
victims’ suffering—came to be, the author presents instead chapter after chapter of Kuklinski summarily killing criminals he was hired to eliminate or randomly
gunning down someone on the street to test out a new weapon. Mafia experts such as Jerry Capeci have questioned Kuklinski’s credibility, as some
details in the book were found to be untrue. The book also ends with a bizarre invitation to the reader to write to Kuklinski at the Trenton State Prison.
Writing by: Adesanmi Adefidipe Sam