Kiss of Death tells the true, heart-stopping stories of love gone wrong. Firsthand accounts examine how initial feelings of excitement, desire and passion escalate into the most unthinkable acts of crime. Suspicious signs, strange behaviors and red flags reveal that things are not as rosy as they seem. These ominous signs and clues are pieced together as each hour builds to a final, shocking, deadly act.

Kiss of Death - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2017-08-24

Kiss of Death - Kiss of death (mafia) - Netflix

The kiss of death (Italian: Il bacio della morte) is the sign given by a mafioso boss or capo that signifies that a member of the crime family has been marked for death, usually as a result of some perceived betrayal. However much is based on fact and however much on the imagination of authors, it remains a cultural meme and appears in literature and films. Illustrative is the scene in the film The Valachi Papers when Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura) gives the kiss of death to Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) to inform him that his betrayal of “the family” is known, and that he will be executed. The “kiss” has also been used as a terror tactic to aid in extortion or debt collection by reducing victims to a state of panic where they will commit to anything to save their lives.

Kiss of Death - In literature - Netflix

The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas

Kiss of Death - References - Netflix