Richard Kuklinski When a man is a product of his environment and the environment is filled with violence and hatred, the possibilities are horrifying. Richard kuklinski is a prime example of just that. His childhood was something no human, let alone a child should go through. His anger built up and his life eventually was overcome by it. He then progressed to a cold-blooded killer, starting small, and then ending with the mob until his capture.
Richard Kuklinski was born on April 11, 1935, to poor Polish parents, Anna and Stanley Kuklinski, in the projects of New Jersey. (Montaldo) Richard had two siblings; Florian, who died of injuries caused by abuse from his father and Joseph, who was convicted of raping and murdering a twelve
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Pronge taught Kuklinski the different methods of using cyanide to kill his victims.” (Blanco). Kuklinski’s method was later discovered after he had not properly thawed out his victim, which had ice chunks in his heart. “Kuklinski claims to have been responsible for the murder of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. After Kuklinski murdered him with a hunting knife, his body was placed in a 55 gal drum and set on fire. He was allowed to burn for "a half hour or so" and then the drum was welded shut and buried in a junkyard. Later, when an accomplice started to talk to the feds, there was a fear that he would use the information to try to get out of trouble. The drum was dug up, placed in the trunk of a car and compacted to a 4 x 2 foot cube. It was sold, along with hundreds of other compacted cars, as scrap metal. It was shipped off to Japan to be used in making new cars.” (Blanco). Kuklinski was very creative and cautious with his kills, which is why it took the authorities so long to catch him, but eventually they did. Meanwhile, Kuklinski met and married Barbara Pedrici, and later had two daughters and a son. His family and neighbors were never aware of his activities, instead believing that he was a successful businessman. Sometimes he would get up and leave the house at any time of the day or night to do a job, even if it was in the middle of dinner. His family never