Hudson County Fact
Though strictly an amateur, and no match for his brother Richard the Ice Man 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.
At the time of the murder, Joseph Kuklinski's love interest was one Hope, an exotic dancer who performed with a boa constrictor in Union City. Hope 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.