Brother to the Iceman

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Though strictly an amateur, and no match for his brother Richard the Iceman in terms of sheer numbers, Joseph Kuklinski, ran away with the title for most vile.

In 1970, Joseph Kuklinski, then 25, stole the beloved dog of a local 12-year-old girl. Telling the youngster that he’d recovered her lost pet, Joseph tricked the child into following him to the roof of 438 Central Avenue. There, Joseph Kuklinski raped and murdered the girl. He then threw her body and the dog off of the roof. The dog survived the fall and by howling alerted the neighbors to the crime.

The police soon apprehended Joseph Kuklinski who quickly confessed. In the local jail, the guards encouraged burly inmates to brutalize the murderer. By the time of the start of the trial, Joseph Kuklinski had the appearance of a gaunt ghost.

Cat Lady Mary told a story of Joseph Kuklinski’s love interest at the time of the murder. She expressed shock and dismay when discussing the case as she’d “never held anything back from him.”

Joseph Kuklinski died in prison on September 22, 2003.

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About Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.
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5 Responses to Brother to the Iceman

  1. Sean Moore says:

    I would have to guess that the dose of local justice was dispatched to Mr “K” in the old Hudson County jail off of Newark Avenue? The old jail(it was ancient than) was such a bastion of both shame and pride that no other building could engender to real JC residents( same as our relationship with the late Mr Frank Hague ). The old jail was a blight but so needed trying to bring the wild side of JC into some control. If you could control JC it wouldn’t be an easy proposition. Great story enjoy your work. Thank You.

  2. FAMILY MEMBER OF THE 12 YR OLD MURDERED CHILD says:

    IT IS OF GREAT RELIEF THAT “JOEY” ROTTED IN JAIL FOR THE
    REST OF HIS LIFE AND COULD NEVER SO ANY HARM TO ANOTHER
    INNOCENT CHILD IN THIS WORLD. THE FAMILY OF “PAM” NEVER
    GOT OVER THE SADNESS, PAIN, OR GRIEF THAT THIS MONSTER HAS
    CAUSED. I ONLY WISH OUR PARENTS KNEW HE DIED BEFORE THEY
    THEMSELVES PASSED ON AFTER HIM. MAY HE BURN IN HELL ALWAYS.

  3. Eugene Ramos says:

    Hope he is rotting in hell for his deeds here on earth. That poor 12 year old girl must have suffered.

  4. barb says:

    Boy that Kuklinski family bred some ill people. See what happens when kids are abused by their parents, they turn out bad. You can’t help but feel some sympathy for the way Richie and his brothers grew up. I know most of you out there don’t. When my husband was in Trenton State his friend, Bobby introduced him to Richie who seemed like an alright guy. The funny thing is that Richie really was the “Iceman” at TSP. He actually sold ice chips to inmates to make money inside for the ice coolers!
    He more than likely killed himself inside.

  5. Alicia Rogers says:

    It is a shame that both parents hated them so and turned them into monsters. It would of saved this little girl and hundreds of people’s murders.

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