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The Iceman and the Psychiatrist (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary , Crime | TV Movie 2003
For the third time, HBO cameras go inside Trenton State Maximum Security Prison--and inside the mind of one of the most prolific killers in U.S. history--in this gripping documentary. Mafia... See full summary »

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For the third time, HBO cameras go inside Trenton State Maximum Security Prison--and inside the mind of one of the most prolific killers in U.S. history--in this gripping documentary. Mafia hit man Richard Kuklinski freely admits to killing more than 100 people, but in this special, he speaks with top psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz in an effort to face the truth about his condition. Filled with more never-before-revealed confessions, it's the most chillingly candid Iceman special yet as it combines often-confrontational interview footage between Kuklinski and Dietz with photos, crime reenactments and home movies that add new layers to this evolving and fascinating story. Written by Anonymous

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Chilling
12 November 2006 | by douglasgreenbergSee all my reviews

This 3-part series blends stock footage together with interviews of Richard Kuklinski, better known as the Ice Man, a notorious mafia killer. From behind bars, Kuklinski shares his experience as a professional hit-man on camera. The result is slow at times, and somewhat repetitive, but it is a chilling look at an extremely dangerous man.

Kuklinski earned his title, Ice Man, by freezing his bodies to confuse their time of death. The nickname, it turned out, was a good one. Not just because of his clever techniques. But because of his total lack of emotion.

At the start of the program, the Ice Man is asked how many people he has killed. He smiles softly, then stares pensively for a moment. He guesses maybe 100 people. He doesn't really know for sure. At this point we're a little confused. Kuklinski comes across as thoughtful, honest, and adjusted. Not the monster we expected. He has a gentle sense of humor. Disturbingly, he even seems like a decent man. How could he have killed that many people?

As the program continues however, Kuklinski talks about his career. Slowly, this psychological puzzle of a person starts coming together. As he goes into the killings, which were in many cases, bloody and horrifically disgusting, Kuklinski shows almost no emotion. The interviewer asks if he feels remorse. He pauses, then shakes his head no. The interviewer wants to know if he liked doing the murders. He thinks again, then shakes his head no. If he had the choice, he says, he'd prefer to have not killed all those people.

As it goes on we begin to understand what the Ice Man is. And he is truly frightening. Kuklinski is no movie villain. He is a sane man. A stone cold sane man. A sane man with no regard for human life. We could be his best friend. It wouldn't matter.

In the third segment, which is the most interesting, a forensic psychiatrist diagnoses Kuklinski with antisocial disorder and paranoia - a deadly combination of constant edginess, including the need to get immediately even with people who challenge him, and a complete lack of fear. Although this may sound like an admirable kind of toughness, we just don't get that feeling from Kuklinski. It is creepy how vacant he is. Even he is confused by his own lack of feelings.

Although the Ice Man is now dead - he was alive when this documentary came out. And it must have felt very good to know that he was behind bars.


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