Richard Kuklinksi was born in New Jersey, the state where he lived all his life, loved his wife and family and led a reasonably successful, middle or upper-middle class life in the suburb of Dumont. He sent his kids to Catholic school, wore decent suits and may very well have seemed like a completely normal, if tall and somewhat imposing, father and businessman.
He also may have killed upward of 100 people, as a button man for the violent-even-by-Mob-standards DeMeo crime family, freelance for various crime organizations and once because a guy said some crude stuff about a girl he liked. He killed them with guns and cyanide and a crossbow. He was, as one Mafia boss puts it, “good at his job.”
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