The Ice Man

The Ice Man

Confessions of A Mafia Contract Killer

Book - 2006
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There were times at home when Richard would have one of his outbursts and break things and then lock himself in his office. Merrick would ask him to please calm down, to "please relax, Daddy." During these episodes, Richard would explain in a matter-of-fact way, "You know if . . . if I kill Mommy, if something happens and she dies, I'll have to kill you all . . . I can't leave any witnesses."

"Yes, Daddy. I know, Daddy," she said.

As strange and horrible a thing as this was to tell a child, Richard was trying to let Merrick know in advance--out of consideration--what might happen. He wanted her to understand that he was doing such a thing out of . . . love. Only out of love.

He loved Barbara too much.

He loved the children too much.

That was the problem. The only way he could deal with their loss, if he inadvertently killed Barbara, was to kill them. That was how Richard had dealt with all his problems since he was a child.

"But you, Merrick . . . You'll be the hardest to kill. You understand that?"

"Yes. Daddy," she said, and she did understand this. She knew she was his favorite, and she coveted that.

---from "The Ice Man"

ISBN: 9780312349288
Characteristics: xvii, 410 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,25 cm.


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Dec 31, 2015

This was a captivating book, written as a chronicle. It's not for everybody, but if you have an interest in organized crime and how it's members live, you cannot put the book down.

Dec 02, 2013

A true tale of the devil in disguise!Too bad he wasn't incarcerated earlier!

q22 Dec 31, 2011

This book made me think about how different life is for other people especially people who kill other people . It made me think how easily it may have been very different for me or anyone, with a few changes to the environment of the early years. And finally, it made me alot more careful around the people you see everyday - in cars, stores and on the street. For some of them, I'm very careful not to do anything that might piss them off.

May 28, 2011

I think he killed my cat!!!!

Sep 02, 2009

Philip Carlo's writing reads like fiction, which is great in this biography of mafia contract killer, Richard Kuklinski. While the level of everyday detail leads the reader to wonder how much of it is actual fact and how much of it is embellished for the reader's experience-- can you really remember every dish that was served for Christmas in 1971 -- it is nevertheless an intriguing voyage into the mafia world. A violent read with a shocking afterword. One of Carlo's best.

Oct 09, 2008

he killed 400 people including Hoffa?

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