Tuesday, August 11, 2015

He Did What?: The Role of Diagnosticity in Revising Implicit Evaluations

Throughout much of their over 30 years of marriage, Barbara Kuklinski would have described her life with her husband, Richard, in mostly idyllic terms. “We had what seemed to be the perfect life,” she said. “We were the All-American family.” It was thus quite a shock to Barbara and her children, on the day that Richard was arrested, when she abruptly discovered that he had been, over his 30-year tenure as a hitman for a number of mafia families in New Jersey, one of the most prolific contract killers in American history. The man whom she had known since she was 19 years old, whom she described as a romantic that would often leave flowers for her, and with whom she had raised 3 children, was rather suddenly revealed to be a cold-blooded killer. He would later boast in interviews that he had been responsible for over 100 murders. Outside of what one detective described as a “normal, classic family existence,” Kuklinski had earned himself the nickname “Iceman”—a reference to his technique of freezing his victims in an industrial-sized freezer to obscure the time of death. After his conviction, Kuklinski would spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison, until his death in 2006...

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