According to Kuklinski, his association with Gambino crime family member Roy DeMeo began during this time. He became the gang's go-to assassin, and his favorite weapons were cyanide, guns, knives and chainsaws.
But Kuklinski didn't just kill his victims. He also tortured them horribly. One of his favorite methods was to make his helpless captives bleed, then tie them up in rat-infested places where the rodents, attracted to the blood, would eat the men alive.
In the book, The Iceman: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, Kuklinski claims to have been responsible for the murder of Hoffa, killing him with a hunting knife. He says Hoffa's body was then stuffed into a 55-gallon drum and set on fire. The corpse burned for "a half hour or so" before the drum was welded shut and buried in a junkyard. It was later sold, along with compacted cars, as scrap metal and shipped to Japan.
In a 1991 interview, Kuklinski casually recalled one of his killings.
"It was a man and he was begging, and pleading, and praying, I guess. And he was 'Please, God' all over the place. So I told him he could have a half an hour to pray and if God could come down and change the circumstances, he'd have that time. But God never showed up, and that was that."
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While incarcerated, Kuklinski gave several TV interviews and spoke of his ability to detach himself emotionally from his own brutality. Although he claimed to be a loving father, the hitman's daughter revealed he once told her he might have to kill her mother. And if he did, he'd have to kill her and her brother, too.
On March 5, 2006, Kuklinski died mysteriously in prison at 70, just before he was set to testify against Mafia boss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. Authorities still wonder if the Mobster was himself rubbed out.
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