The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer

Dive into the mind of mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski, otherwise known as “The Iceman”.

Throughout 17 hours, Richard was interviewed by a documentary filmcrew to understand his persona and why he sought to kill.

During the conversations with a killer, the 6’4 1/2″ – 300 pound (1.94 cm, 136 kg), murderer explains his motives and contract killings to the camera with a psychopathic indifference.

To the Iceman, these killings were but a job which secured him and his family financial security. A family who had no clue about his double life as a mafia hitman.

Having killed over hundreds of different people, Richard Kuklinski is by far one of the more ruthless serial killers of modern America.

By hearing the Iceman’s testimony, the filmmakers hoped to understand the mind of a true psychopathic murderer.

For his crimes as a serial hitman, Kuklinski was convicted to life in prison.

After having spent 18 years in prison he’d later go on to die in 2006 due to Kawasaki disease (an inflammation of the blood vessels).

The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer
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  • Release date1992
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Arthur Ginsberg, Tom Spain
  • Production companyHBO