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ICE pick murders




: Efficient execution method
Long a favorite rubout method of organized crime
hit men, the so-called ice pick kill is employed to
make a murder victim's death appear to be the
result of natural causes. Generally, the victim is cor-
nered in some out-of-the-way place, and while two
or three hit men hold him, the executioner jams the
ice pick through the eardrum into the brain. The
pick produces only a tiny hole in the ear and a
minute amount of bleeding, which can be carefully
wiped away. After examining the corpse, doctors
generally conclude that the cause of death was a
cerebral hemorrhage. It takes expert medical exami-
nation to discover the true cause, and, unfortu-
nately, few localities can or do provide such
expertise.

The ice pick murder technique has long been
ascribed to the Italian Mafia by some writers as a
direct import from Sicily. But the technique was
most likely perfected into art by Israel "Ice Pick
Willie" Alderman, a Minnesota mobster who was
close to Meyer Lansky in bootlegging days and
later was one of the first investors — along with
Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Moe Sedway and Gus Green-
baum — in Las Vegas gambling. Ice Pick Willie ran a
second-story speakeasy in Minneapolis where he
proudly claimed to have committed 11 murders
with a quick and trusty ice pick. It always looked
like the dead man had simply slumped in a drunken
heap on the bar, and Alderman would laughingly
lecture the "drunk" as he dragged him into a back
room. The corpse was dumped down a coal chute
to a truck in the alley and carted away. (Alderman
was arrested many times for robbery and murder,
but was never convicted.)

Undoubtedly, the ice pick kill is still used. But
the mob, when preferring a murder to be obvious,
will add 70 or 80 stab wounds to deliver the gory
message.