Thursday, April 10, 2014


Murder by Ice Pick

Horrific, I know. I've posted a few cases below, but the most interesting case involves the Ice Pick that killed Leon Trotsky.

Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Bolshevik revolution in 1917, was exiled by Joseph Stalin. He moved to Mexico and lived in fear of being assassinated by Stalin. That fear came to fruition in 1940. Raymond Mercado was able to get to him by pretending to need his help. 

Raymond had an Ice Pick hidden in his coat pocket.

Mercado was arrested but the weapon, the Ice Pick, disappeared. 

Now it has reappeared and the daughter of the man who stole it wants money for it. 
Trotsky's grandson is willing to do DNA testing if Ms. Salas will donate the weapon the museum, the house where the murder took place. 

However, Ms. Salas is looking for cash, "I am looking for some financial benefit. I think something as historically important at this should be worth something, no?"
The story of Trotsky is long and interesting!
To know more check out these links!

A few more Ice Pick Murders:

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How about you, have you picked a favorite weapon yet, or are you waiting to see the entire list?


  1. I'm afraid to say if I've had a favorite weapon, might be used against me in a court of law. I do remember trying to open a locked door with an ice pick years ago (didn't work)


  2. Just looking at the ice pick, is enough to give a person the heebie-jeebies!!

  3. Hi Yolande, I had no idea that an ice pick killed Trotsky. Yes, I'm waiting for the whole list before I choose mine - for a story I hasten to add. What are ice picks actually used for I wonder - to break down ice? They seem too small for that function? Just asking ...
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  4. Eww, no ice picks for me thank you. :) I think I'll stick to the tried and tested something in the coffee, painless for both the parties, and no blood to mess up the laundry. On a serious note, 1917 to 1940 seems a ghastly long time to live in fear.

  5. First thing that came to mind was Sharon Stones character in Basic Instinct :)

  6. Bit of an impasse there, won't do a DNA unless it's donated, won't donate wants money. I kind of see her point.

  7. Everyone is out to make a buck, not a fun way to go

  8. I had no idea there were so many famous ice pick murders. Not a good way to go!

  9. I had no idea this was how Trotsky was murdered. Just the words "ice pick" are enough to creep me out.

  10. Oh, ouch! So, if you wanted to commit a homicide, 1940's style, you just stop by your local antiques store and pick up an ice pick.

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  11. Death by ice pick seems like a messy ordeal, though I have no real-world proof of that. Nice to meet you! I'd love if you stopped by my blog. I've got a novella that's a fast read and has a great mystery interwoven into the plot. You might enjoy it. Raze is available for $2.99 on Amazon. The link is also on my blog.

  12. Terrifying. I mean, all violent deaths are terrifying, but "stabbed with a big metal spike repeatedly" is it's own special kind of not fun.

  13. A particularly brutal and gruesome weapon for murder- and excellent choice if that's what you're going for!

  14. Very interesting history here. I'm sure that ice pick is very valuable. There's an argument to be made either way. I can see both sides of it, and I'm glad I'm not on either side too.

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  15. I've always thought that death by ice pick would be a particularly horrific way to die.

  16. I want to see the whole list first, Yolanda. I'm very curious what you'll find for q and z.

  17. Horrific is right, and so handy, apparently. Perhaps that’s why it was an old mobster favorite: instills fear and does the job – slips between bones to get at all those hard-to-reach organs. Ewww… The epitome of macabre.
    Miss A

  18. Stalin's successors have come a long way since then ...


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