The Iceman and the Psychiatrist

Published on 3rd April 2017 by

Richard Kuklinski was one of the most fascinating prison inmates in recent American history. He was convicted of five separate murders, was considered by police to have been responsible for several dozen more, and confessed to some unsolved murders in the 2001 HBO documentary The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman.

He claims to have killed over 100 people, but despite this he is not considered to be a serial killer. Kuklinski killed for profit, fulfilling contracts on behalf of organized crime games was his livelihood. He had first been interviewed in front of camera in 1992, for the HBO American Experience documentary The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer.

In The Iceman and the Psychiatrist (2003) he appears in front of the camera for the third and final time, this time discussing his life and crimes in order to be analysed and diagnosed by the leading forensic psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz. The three episodes together became to be known as ‘The Iceman Interviews’ and were released together as an HBO box set.


Philip Carlo’s 2008 biographical book The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer was a US and UK bestseller and one of the best selling true crime books ever published, the 528 page book is essential reading for anybody with a keen interest in criminology and the psychology behind those who are prepared to kill. It is available in paperback, hardback, and kindle editions.

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