The Iceman – An In-depth Look at Anti-social and Paranoid Personality Disorder

There are five parts to these video interviews between the Iceman Richard Kuklinski, a mafia hitman and psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz. These videos really give you a good look at the mind of an individual with antisocial and paranoid personality disorder.

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Part 1 – Kuklinski talks about how he wanted his victims to look at him right before he killed them. He talks about the surprise he would see in their eyes as he watched them die. Kuklinski talks about he doesn’t get a feeling from killing someone. Nothing at all. Kuklinski talks about how we would tie two cats’ tails together and throw them over telephone/electric wires and watch them claw each other to death. He mentions how his dad used to beat him and how he was glad when he was dead. He mentions disliking his mother but realized that she was a victim. He mentions that she would hit him with a broomstick to keep him in line.

Part 2 – Kuklinski talks about killing a man. He mentions getting relief from killing. No more pressure. No more tension. Like a cure all as he puts it. Kuklenski talks about how he would handle his anger issues when some young men in a van mess with him on the road in Georgia. Dr. Dietz pushes a few of Kuklenski’s buttons by challenging him about the murder of the young men.

Part 3 – Kuklinski discusses the murder of an individual and how he was surprised the victim’s head came off. He mentions not having any emotional response to seeing the man’s head blown off. Kuklinski discusses how he could dismember a body and not be sickened by it. He then goes into details about how he would make an individual suffer.

Part 4 – Kuklinski talks about his children and his relationship with his wife. Kuklinski asks Dr. Dietz what he thinks of him. Dr. Dietz goes into talking about his warped personality. He talks about antisocial personality disorder.

Part 5 – Dr. Dietz discusses the fearless nature of Kuklinski. Discusses how his genetics and the environment he was raised in both made him the man he is. Then he talks about the paranoid personality disorder of Kuklinski.

Antisocial Personality Disorder

These individuals show a persistent pattern of irresponsible and antisocial behavior that begins during childhood or adolescence. They are impulsive and reckless. They lack conscience or superego. ASP is the most thoroughly studied PD over a longer period of time than any other PD. Psychopathy and ASP are two different attempts to define the same disorder. However, they are different and do not identify the same people. They are no longer used interchangeably. Diagnosis of ASPD requires the presence of conduct disorder prior to the age of 15. At least three out of seven signs of irresponsible and antisocial behavior after the age of 15. Psychopathology Checklist (PCL) developed by Robert Hare is used.


Adoption studies have showed that the highest rates of antisocial behavior is determined by an interaction between genetic factors and adverse environment. People raised in more difficult adoptive homes were more likely to engage in various types of aggressive and antisocial behaviors as children and as adults.

Psychological Factors
Investigations have attempted to explain several characteristic features of psychopathy—such as lack of anxiety, impulsivity, and failure to learn from experience. There are two primary hypotheses to explain the poor performance of psychopaths on these tasks. Cleckley’s argument: psychopaths are emotionally impoverished. Psychopaths have difficulty shifting or reallocating their attention to consider the possible negative consequences of their behavior. They fail to inhibit inappropriate behavior because they are less able than other people to stop and consider the meaning of important signals that their behavior might lead to punishment.

People with ASPD seldom seek professional mental health services unless mandated by the legal system. Even when they do seek treatment, it rarely helps. The high rate of alcoholism and other forms of substance dependence complicates planning and evaluating treatment programs.

Paranoid Personality Disorder

These individuals have a pervasive tendency to be inappropriately suspicious of others’ motive and behaviors. They have the expectation of being harmed and are completely inflexible in their views and expectations. Imagine trying to live everyday suspecting everyone of harming you.

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