The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer

140 minutes 7.7/10 based on 15 votes

The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer (1992) is an HBO produced documentary profiling the mafia hitman, Richard Kuklinski.

After years of silence, The Iceman speaks. In two interviews a decade apart, Richard Kuklinski, a notorious top enforcer for the Gambino crime family, tells his unusual and gruesome story. Raised on—and immune to—violence, he kept his unorthodox job and tactics a secret from his adoring family. In 1986, after a long investigation, Kuklinski was betrayed by “the only man I didn’t kill” and is serving multiple life sentences. Starring: Richard Kuklinski

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  • skip

    iceman this is sad

  • Helen

    This is truly fascinating, I have always been interested in serial killers and this collection of interviews just blows my mind. It seems to me that Richard didn’t even have a chance to not become what he did, I am in no way dismissing what he did. He killed people and deserved what he got, it just seems like we should look into ways to prevent this type of thing from happening in the first place.

  • Joe Joe

    That is the most ridiculous statement I ever heard. “hand in hand with a rigid religious education”, that and when Richard says “I was raised Catholic”…. Neither one is true and both are misplaced excuses. There is no Christian based religion here whatsoever. True Catholics and Christians in general are morally centered functional caring altruistic human beings.

    Even in the latter part of this entire documentary, The doctor explains that part of his problem is genetic and the other was the fact both his parents never gave him affection, love or nurturing as a child. They raised him just like a muslim terrorist and that is what they received. When you beat a child constantly for no reason and hand out hate every day of their life… You end up with a monster mutant without conscience, guilt, or care as an adult. You made pure evil that Satan is pleased with every time. Simple as that.

    • Moana Patane-Gasu

      I agree with your comment, JoeJoe. I watched this documentary a year or two ago and felt empathy for the child within Richard that was forced to remain locked-up within the adult, understandably, so that no one would or could evert harm or hurt the child within. I resent the title of this documentary, “Conversations with a Killer.” Instead, I think the already existing documentary, “The Making of a Murderer,” is where “The Iceman” fits. He was physically abused, brutally, and no reason exists to inflict that type of damage upon an innocent child, ever!

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