American brothers of polish and Irish ancestry, the Kuklinski brothers wrapped themselves in the coils of crime and murder. For Joseph Kuklinski who died in 2003, he snatched the innocence of a 12-year old girl raping and killing her. His older brother Richard Kuklinski known as The Iceman on the other hand had a list of criminal activities and crowned it all up with being a serial killer who ended up with 2 consecutive life sentences. Richard got his story plastered on pages and makes its way into becoming a film.
He Was Physically Abused By His Parents
Joseph Michael Kuklinski was born on May 5 1944 as the younger brother of Richard Kuklinski. He is one of the 4 children of Anna and Stanley Kuklinski.
His father, Stanley, was not a typical father who would raise his kids with love – or perhaps his show of love was in a different way. This was evident in his being an abuser of his children and subsequently working out of their lives.
Whenever he chose to come around, he’d find ways to come home a drunk and angry man ready to abuse them. His abuse of his children became severe that it sent Joseph’s older brother Florian to death and deceiving the authority that he fell down a flight of steps.
His mother Anna McNally was not left out in abusing her children. In her own case, however, she saw it as instilling discipline in them since she was raised a Catholic and her mother raised her in a similar way.
How Joseph Kuklinski Raped and Killed a 12-Year Old at the Age of 25
In 1970 when he was 25 years old, he met 12 years old Pamela Dial who was 13 years younger than him. The girl was out at night to search for her missing dog. However, she met Kuklinski who asked that she follow him so he could help find the dog. Trusting his words, Ms. Dial followed him to the roof of 438 Central Avenue where he raped, killed her, and threw her body off of the roof alongside her dog. Neighbors heard the dog’s howling and upon discovery of what had happened called the police.
His arrest came 11 hours after the murder. Although he initially did not say anything to the authorities, he soon confessed and was imprisoned.
A Look into the Crime of His Brother, Richard Kuklinski
Joseph was the youngest sibling of Richard and they had only a sister, Roberta Florence Kuklinski Boyle. Richard was born on April 11 1935 and became popular as The Iceman.
He soiled his hands in different criminal activities such as running a burglary ring, distribution of pirated pornography, and several murders. Although he was said to have been responsible for 5 deaths, The Hitman claimed to be responsible for killing about 100-200 people.
In 1989, following a tip and disguise, Richard was arrested. In his care, the police found a firearm which led to the arrest of his wife also who was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of firearms.
In court, he was first sentenced to a minimum of 60 years in prison. This came when he was found guilty of murder, but the deaths were not proven to by his conduct. He was again given another 2 life sentences to be served consecutively after confessing to other killings.
Joseph Kuklinski was Incarcerated with His Brother
The brothers’ crime not only landed them in prison but in the same prison and every now and then would bump into each other. However, it remains unknown if they were later separated or not.
The Brothers Died 3 Years Apart
Joseph was 59 years when he died on September 22, 2003. It was also a month away from 34 years since he committed the crime that landed him in prison.
His brother Richard Kuklinski died of a heart attack on March 5 2006 in Trenton, New Jersey, United States.
Although Richard’s story had been told time and again while he was alive in different mediums, a film was released about him 6 years later in 2012. The film called The Iceman had its bases on the book of Anthony Bruno, The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer. The role of Richard Kuklinski was played by American actor and producer, Michael Shannon.
7 years after the death of Joseph and 4 years after that of Richard, Roberta Florence Kuklinski Boyle who was their last and only remaining sibling died in 2010. Prior to that, their father died in 1977 while their mother Anna died in 1972, a year after the arrest of Joseph.
Other Interesting Facts About Joseph Kuklinski
- Richard Kuklinski was married twice, Linda and Barbara Kuklinski. Linda had 2 sons for him while Barbara had a son and 2 daughters from the marriage.
- Until the murder he committed, Joseph Kuklinski was never charged with any other crime as far as we know.
- Richard was not surprised when his brother, Joseph was arrested. Instead, he shoved it and added that they were raised by the same father.
- Richard lived a double life. He was sometimes sweet and other times very bitter. However, his wife never thought he could kill.
- His brother got the name The Iceman because he killed and left some of his victims’ bodies to ice so as to mislead authorities during investigations.