Clifford Del Rossi


CLIFFORD DEL ROSSI was born June 21, 1896, in Pennsylvania, one of at least nine children born to Angelo and Mary Del Rossi. The family had moved to Camden by 1910, when they lived at 1904 South 4th Street in Camden's Eighth ward, where Angelo worked as a laborer on the railroad. Clifford had already left school, working odd jobs to help the family. Sisters Clara and Raphaella worked as "spinners" at the nearby Howland Croft & Sons Company mill. 

By 1916 Clifford Del Rossi had wed, and by January 1920 with wife May owned a home at 420 Emerald Street. The 1920 Census lists his occupation as "under foreman" at a woolen mill, most likely also the Howland Croft & Sons Company mill. 

On July 10, 1922 Clifford Del Rossi started working for the Camden Police Department. The 1930 Census shows that Clifford Del Rossi was working for the Camden Police Department. At that time he was a widower, his wife having passed shortly before the census. At that time the Del Rossi family had moved around the corner to 417 Winslow Street in Camden's Eighth Ward, across the street from the Howland Croft, Sons & Company plant. Clifford Del Rossi was at that time raising his seven children, ranging in ages from 2 to 12 years of age. Next door at 419 Winslow was the Scarduzio family, and the Di Carlantonio family lived at 423. Both of these families had members who would become well known in the neighborhood and the city in future years.

Clifford Del Rossi rose in the ranks of the Camden Police Department, and by February of 1934 was serving as a detective. In his early years as a detective he appears to have been partnered with Detective Benjamin Simon. Detective Del Rossi's picture was on papers across the country in that month when he, with Detective Clarence Arthur, took part in the arrest of four people suspected of having staged a $130,000 payroll robbery in Penns Grove NJ. 

The 1947 Camden City Directory and the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone directory show Clifford Del Rossi living at 1324 Jackson Street in Camden. While he does not appear in Directories from 1970 forward, he remained a Camden resident. Clifford Del Rossi died in January of 1981. His son, Clifford Del Rossi Jr., also served as a member of the Camden Police Department in the 1960s and early 1970s..


Camden Courier-Post - May 5, 1930
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Joseph G. Ward
Louis Street - Florence Street
Decatur Street - Mt. Ephraim Avenue
William G. Ritter - Peter English
Walter Wilkie - Ralph Bakley
Joseph Ward Sr. - E. Frank Pine
Clifford Del Rossi
- Theodore Guthrie
Melvin Cain - William F. McGrath
Sylvester "Wes" McGrath, City Detective
Urquhart Ward - Robert Ward
John Smith - Maurice Mensch
Victor King - Michael Mathews
James E. Tatem - Arthur Colsey
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Camden Courier-Post
June 15, 1932

H.B. Wilson School
Yorkship School
William Feitz
Clifford Del Rossi
Fred Flanigan
Lawrence Miller
Joseph Carpani


Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1933

SLAYER OF 3 IN CRIME DEN HUNTED HERE
Phila. Police Grill Camden Youth, Doubt Guilt

NEW TRAIL POINTS TO WHITE SLAVER

Rahway Inmate Quizzed by Detective for Key to Murders

As Philadelphia. police grilled one Camden youth last night in the triple vice-den laying there Thursday midnight another manhunt in this city was launched-this time for a widely known police character, reputed gunman and white slaver. The youth under questioning for the killing of a policeman and two men inmates of a disorderly house at 406 North Ninth street, Philadelphia, is Joseph Burgo, 19, of 304 Cherry street.

He was taken into custody at his home yesterday by Detectives Daniel Mahoney and Hugh McCann, of the Philadelphia murder squad, and George Zeitz and Clifford Del  Rossi, of Camden. Burgo denied knowledge of the killings and willingly accompanied the detectives to Philadelphia for questioning.

Despite the fact that Detective Capt. Harry D. Heanly, head of the murder squad announced his belief last night that Burgo had nothing to do with the triple slayings, the youth was still being held at Philadelphia police headquarters.

Rahway Inmate Questioned

Heanly visited the New Jersey Reformatory, at Rahway. yesterday, where he spent more than an hour talking to Joseph Mazzare, alleged white slaver and one of the sweethearts of Mrs. Sue Ricci, 22, Camden girl slain in the disorderly house and  the one police believe caused the shootings. Mazzare, serving an indeterminate sentence for carrying concealed weapons, was shot by Burgo in & South Camden poolroom several months ago. At that time Burgo told police he was drunk and did not know what he was doing. Burgo later was fined $100 by Judge Charles Rigg after pleading guilty to the charge.

Heanly refused last night to divulge what information if any, he had received from Mazzare.

'Never Saw Her Before'

Burgo yesterday told Acting Police Chief John W. Golden that he was not acquainted with Sue Ricci.  

"I never saw her in my life until the day Mazzare was shot and came to the hospital to see him, Burgo declared. "I haven't seen her since. I know nothing about the murders in Philadelphia.”

According to the police theory, the motive for the murders was jealousy.

The slayer shot the Ricci woman because she deserted him and went to Philadelphia; killed Yetta Cohen, the proprietor, when she interfered, murdered Patrolman Frederick Dolan when he tried to prevent his escape.

Camden police attached no particular importance to the questioning of Burgo. At the same time there were reports Heanly was busy in Camden hunting for the killer.

According to reliable reports, the slayer is a South Camden racketeer identified with a Camden-Philadelphia white slave ring. It is understood he is in hiding somewhere in Camden or South Jersey. Police have been informed of a mysterious motorist, making daily trips to Philadelphia.. They are attempting to locate him in the hope that he will lead them to the hideaway.

Dolan's fellow policemen attended his funeral yesterday.


Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1933

MEINSTER SEEKS RELEASE ON WRIT
Suspect in Triple Murder Held in 'Cold storage'; Girl Victim Buried

Benjamin "Benny" Meinster, held in connection with the triple Philadelphia vice den killings last Thursday, has obtained a writ of habeas corpus, returnable today, to show why he should be held. 

Meinster, latest so-called "sweetie" of Sue Ricci, Camden girl and one of the victims, was arrested Tuesday and has been held in "cold storage" since that time while detectives have attempted to learn if he had any connection with the killings.

The Ricci woman, 22 and redheaded, was shot to death by a jealous gunman who invaded a North Ninth street house in Philadelphia, armed with two guns. Mrs. Yetta Cohen, 40, the proprietress, was killed when she interfered and Patrolman Frederick Dolan was murdered when he tried to arrest the slayer.

Meinster, who lives at Sixth and South streets, was said by the police to be the man who stole Sue away from the gunman who did the shooting. He denied any knowledge of the case.

Meanwhile, they released Joseph Burgo, 20, of 304 Cherry street, Camden, who was questioned Tuesday. Burgo satisfied the police he was innocent of any connection with the case. He was under suspicion, detectives said, because he shot and wounded Joseph Mazzare. Another of Sue's sweethearts, now in jail for carrying concealed weapons. 

Services for Mrs. Ricci, mother of a 5-year-old son, Albert, Jr., were held from the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Marino, 1917 South Fourth street. Rev. Martin S. Stockett, rector of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, Broadway and Viola street, officiated. Burial was in New Camden Cemetery.

The body of the dead girl lay on a white couch-casket. The room was banked with flowers. Members of the family sobbed as the minister read the brief services of the church. Outside, the idle curious and friends lined both sides of Fourth street. One hundred automobiles were strung along the curb to take those who cared to go to the cemetery. 

Policemen in uniform and Camden and Philadelphia detectives who mingled with the crowd in the hope of picking up some clue, estimated that at least 700 persons were in attendance. The Camden detectives were George Zeitz and Clifford Del Rossi, and County Detective Fiore Troncone


Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1933

'Mr. X' Tries to Die

MYSTERY PRISONER TRIES TO END LIFE
'Amnesia Victim' Jailed Pending Examination by Physicians

Police still were attempting last night to identify the man picked up by police Monday night and who attempted to commit suicide on the way to the Bertillon room at police headquarters to be fingerprinted. Although he maintained he does not know his name or where he comes from, police believe him to be holding something back.

Placed In Jail

He was placed in the county jail on order of Judge Pancoast pending examination by county physicians. As he was being led into the Bertillon records room, the prisoner made a sudden dash for the window and tried to throw it open. Detectives William Boettcher, Clifford Del Rossi and Clarence Arthur dragged him away and subdued him after a violent struggle. While his incoherent responses to questions Indicated he might be a victim of amnesia, Del Rossi expressed the belief the prisoner was

"concealing something." Copies of his fingerprints will be sent to Eastern police departments In an effort to identify him.

Brother a Policeman

The man was wandering in the vicinity of Twenty-seventh and Federal streets last night. Detective Sergeant Gus Koerner questioned him but the only Information he could elicit was that the man had a brother on the New York police force. Koerner took him to Cooper Hospital and then to the city jail.


Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933

SCHOOL ROMANCE

LUCY LORUSSO

Niece of Detective Clifford Del Rossi, whose engagement to John J. Bocco, 22, was announced at a party in the Lorusso home Monday night. Miss Lorusso, who is 20, met her future husband while they were students at Junior High School, of which they are both graduates. The wedding will take place some time in June. Miss Lorusso lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lorusso, at 223 North Ninth street. Bocco is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bocco, of 925 South Third street. He is employed by his brother, Dominick, in the wholesale paper business.


Camden Courier-Post - Evening Courier - May 16, 1933

HOME, OFFICE LOOTED BY CAMDEN BURGLARS

A home and an office in South Camden were entered by burglars last night, according to reports made to the detective bureau today.

James P. Smith, manager of the Fuller Brush Company, Fourth and Jefferson Streets, reported brushes valued at $75 were taken. Detectives George Zeitz and Clifford Del Rossi learned a cellar window had been forced.

Mrs. Mary Walsh, 1043 Pine Street, reported clothing valued at $50 taken from her residence. Detective Edwin Mills, reported a pass key had been used to gain entrance.


Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933

PAYROLL THEFT IS RE-ENACTED; TWO MEN HELD
Camden Suspects, Brought Back From Penna., Viewed by Victims
MAN ADMITS LOAN OF MACHINE TO ONE

Radio Workers Cannot Iden
tify Them, They're Booked on Suspicion

The $11,790 payroll holdup staged last Friday at the Radio Condenser Co., Thorne and Copewood streets, was, re-enacted yesterday.

Two suspects nabbed late Monday, at Lykens in Dauphin County, Pa., played the "heavy" roles. Also in the cast were eight women and two men, employees of the firm. For an hour and 20 minutes the spectacular robbery was "rehearsed" under the direction of three Camden detectives.

When the curtain was, rung down LeRoy Jenkins, 23, who police say has addresses at 1161 Mechanic Street and 1220 Princess Avenue, and Joseph Putek, 23, said to reside at 1462 Louis street, were held on suspicion. They will be questioned further today.

Has Nothing Definite

Acting Chief of Police John W. Golden admitted he "has nothing on the boys." Detectives Benjamin Simon, Clarence Arthur and Clifford Del Rossi, however, "were pressing pursuit of "hunches" and meager clues in attempts to solve the crime. There were several lines of information they obtained regarding the two suspects which will bear further study, Simon said.

Putak, who has a po1ice record although never convicted according to police, was questioned previously in connection with the Radio Condenser "job." He was released at midnight last Saturday. After that the detectives centered attention upon Jenkins. They learned Jenkins borrowed an automobile from a man who operates a garage in the 1200 block on Atlantic Avenue. The garageman was reluctant to talk but under threat of arrest as an accessory he admitted lending a car to Jenkins.

Fliers were dispatched to police throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and New Jersey. The car was halted at Williamsport, Pa. and when Camden police were identified they were surprised that Putak was Jenkins' companion. This stirred detectives to renewed vigor in the probe. They learned the men were planning to visit relatives, of Jenkins in Williamsport and Pottsville. According to Simon police of both cities say Jenkins is well known to them.

While at Williamsport the three detectives learned Putak and Jenkins visited a vice den and quarreled with a woman over money. They quoted Jenkins as declaring that he "could buy and sell the joint!'

Had Little Money

Putak had but $3 when released Saturday and $11 when arrested, Simon revealed. He told the detectives he had won money in a poker game here.

The two men were returned with the detectives as far as Philadelphia but refused to cross the river. They were turned over to police there on suspicion and. brought to this city yesterday afternoon. Taken to the Radio Condenser plant they were confronted with the ten employees who were herded in a vault during the holdup last Friday.

According to Simon several of the employees felt there were certain mannerisms of the suspects which corresponded with actions of the bandits but confessed they were unable to definitely identify Putak or Jenkins as the heavily masked pair who threatened their lives with a revolver and shotgun.       .

The detectives propose an inquiry to al1 banks in this area in an effort to learn whether safe deposit boxes were leased by anyone answering the description of the suspects. The money obtained in the robbery was in bills and change of small denomination, numbers of the bills were not available.

Although never convicted Jenkins has a police record. Putak has never been formally under arrest, but has been questioned by the police in connection with various cases.

Jenkins was arrested December 18, 1931, charged with larceny of gasoline, and on last July 9 was charged with several robberies.  

On April 2, 1931, he was held for the grand jury, charged with manslaughter after his automobile killed Mrs. Mary Cavanaugh, 70, a cook in the service of City Solicitor E. G. C. Bleakly.


Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933

TWO SUSPECTS HELD IN PAYROLL HOLD-UP
South Camden Men Will Be Grilled on $11,790 Theft at Radio Condenser

Held as suspects in the $11,790 Radio Condenser Company payroll holdup of last Friday, Leroy Jenkins, 23, and Joseph Putak, 23, South Camden police characters, tomorrow will be given a police court hearing.

Police admit their evidence against the pair is "flimsy" but hope to be able to hold them in high bail pending further investigation.

Detectives Benjamin Simon, Clarence Arthur and Clifford Del Rossi, who have worked almost unceasingly to solve the crime, admitted last night they "had possibilities" for today.

They declared they have unearthed a South Camden garage man who will testify at the hearing that he rented a garage to Jenkins, in which a dark automobile, similar to the one used in the holdup, is stored at the present time.

The detectives have also found a special officer, they said, who will testify to having seen the two suspects riding in a small black car in the vicinity of the Condenser concern's plant a short time before the holdup.

The suspects' mannerisms and voices have been identified by, the ten office employees, victims of the two bandits staging the holdup. Further identification was impossible because the bandits wore hoods over their heads and down to their shoulders. 


Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933

4 YOUTHS HELD IN HOLDUP AT RADIO PLANT
2 in Jail at Time 'in on Plot,' Cops' Say; Booked as Witnesses
PAIR CAUGHT IN PENNA. TO FACE CHARGE T
ODAY
Condenser Company Payroll Robbery Planned in April, Sleuths Reveal

Two Camden youths, released from Camden county jail, were held by local police yesterday on suspicion of implication in the $11,790 holdup of the Radio Condenser Company, Thorne and Copewood streets, last Friday.

They are Leon Grinkewicz, 18, of 1469 Louis Street, and Stanley Geda, 19, of 1273 Whitman Avenue.

Although both denied knowledge of the payroll holdup, detectives said they admitted having been close pals of Le Roy Jenkins, 23; of 1161 Mechanic Street, and Joseph Putek, 23, of 1462 Louis Street, who were arrested in Lykens, Pa., on Monday.

Grinkewicz and Geda are being held on suspicion but, according to Detectives Clarence Arthur; Benjamin Simon and Clifford Del Rossi, they will be charged today with being material witnesses, while Jenkins and Putak will be charged with the holdup and will be arraigned in police court.

Grinkwicz and Geda were arrested yesterday morning on their release from county jail. They had been committed May 9 by Recorder Joseph Patton, of Haddon Heights, for 30 days on charges of loitering with intent to steal. They were questioned all day by detectives.     

Detectives said they learned Jenkins and Putak were with Grinkewicz and Geda in Haddon Heights "to do a job" but that the other two disappeared when Grinkeicz and Geda were arrested. Although they were in the county jail at the time, the detectives said they learned they had participated with Jenkins and Putak in planning the Radio Condenser job five weeks ago.


Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1933

BREWERY OFFlCE RANSACKED IN MYSTERY THEFT
Two Rooms Turned Upside Down But Safe Is Not Robbed
POLICE THINK PAPERS WERE BURGLARS' GOAL
Officials of Camden Firm Are Unable to Explain Motive of Attempt

Burglars ransacked the offices of the Camden County Beverage Company early yesterday but what they took, if anything, had not been disclosed late last night.

In a mystery "robbery" that has police puzzled, the thieves broke through a glass window on the rear loading platform, climbed inside and proceeded to turn three different offices of the brewery "inside out" in their quest.

The handle off the huge safe in the wall of the first-floor office, was broken, but the safe had not been opened according to Detectives Benjamin Simon and Clifford Del Rossi.

But it, appeared to have been the only thing not opened by the intruders.

Waste Baskets Searched

Filing cabinets and desk drawers were pulled out and their contents littered the floor. Even a wastebas­ket had been searched and its contents strewn about.

Apparently finding nothing of value on the first floor, the thieves, or thief made their way to the second floor where another office of the concern was ransacked from top to bottom.

Entrance to the brewery was made between 6 a. m. and 7 a. m. A watchman, Richard McKinley, who lives at 550 Chelton Avenue left the building at 6 o'clock and Olaf J. Hall, a bookkeeper arrived there at 7. a.m.

Hall went immediately to a second floor office where he saw several of the filing cabinets and desks had been gone through, but he failed to report it to his, superiors.

According to Frank R. Allison, secretary and treasurer of the brewery, Hall believed someone connected with the brewery had been searching for something, and being in a hurry had forgotten to replace things as he found them.

The "robbery" was not noticed until Nicholas Enderle, brewmaster, entered the building shortly before noon. He saw the offices on the first. floor in disorder and notified Allison.

The latter notified police, who could not learn whether anything of value had been stolen.

Were Seeking Papers

Detective Simon advanced a theory that the thieves had, been in search of valuable papers, rather than cash.

McKinley was questioned at the plant and declared that everything was "in order" when he left. He said two police dogs were left on the rear platform to guard against thieves. Later it was learned the dogs followed McKinley to his home.

The Camden County Beverage Company has been cited by the government on a rule to show cause why its 3.2 beer permit should not be revoked. The hearing on the citation was, scheduled for May 22, but, has been postponed indefinitely to await the conclusion of other cita­tion hearings.

Allison said he did not know of any valuable papers that would interest thieves. He expressed belief the robbers sought collections made by drivers on Saturday and kept in the brewery office until the banks open on Monday.

After Brewery-Breakers Ransacked Offices

Pictures show how burglars ransacked the offices of the Camden County Cereal Beverage Company, Broadway and Bulson Street, yesterday after breaking into the brewery through a rear window. Detectives Benjamin Simon and Clifford Del Rossi are shown "looking things over" in the lower photo while Del Rossi is searching for possible fingerprints in the top picture. The robbers apparently failed to find what they were looking for.

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Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933

FIFTH SUSPECT HELD IN PAYROLL HOLDUP
Police Say Pool Room Owner Knew of Robbery Plot

A fifth man was arrested in the recent Radio Condenser Company $11,790 payroll holdup and held as a material witness yesterday after city detectives alleged he attempted to escape from them in his automobile. He is Nicholas Kubiak, 34, of 1301 Decatur street, owner of a pool room on the corner of Decatur and Norris streets. Arraigned, before Judge Pancoast in police court, Kubiak was committed to the county jail without bail as a witness.

City Detectives Benjamin Simon, Clifford Del Rossi and Clarence Arthur stated they went to the pool room this morning and told Kubiak he was under arrest. He accompanied them to the sidewalk and suddenly stepped into his own automobile parked at the curb. The detectives said he started the engine, whereupon the police car was driven in front of him so he couldn't move. Simon declared that he jumped on the running board of Kubiak's car and reached in to grab the ignition key. Kubiak tried to push him off the running board. Simon said, and the key was obtained only after a tussle.

Simon said he has three statements signed by persons who charged they heard Kubiak declare the holdup was planned in his poolroom and that Leroy Jenkins and Joseph Putek were the actual bandits. Jenkins and Putek are charged with the holdup and are held under $3000 bail each. The bail was fixed by Prosecutor Baldwin.

Simon stated he previously had questioned Kubiak, but could learn nothing to warrant holding the man until he received the statements late last night. Simon said if he had been able to obtain the statements prior to yesterday, he doubted that bail would have been fixed so low. 

Two other youths, arrested as material witnesses in the case, were released by Prosecutor Baldwin today under $500 bail each. They are Leon Grenkwicz, 18, of 1469 Louis Street, and Stanley Geda, 19, of 1273 Whitman avenue.


Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

BURGLAR IS ROUTED AS WOMAN SCREAMS
Grocer's Wife Aroused by Rustling of Paper in Her Bedroom

Aroused by the rustling of paper in her bedroom, Mrs. Mary Smith, of 1043 South Second Street, was awakened early yesterday to discover a. colored intruder standing over her bed.

The man fled as she screamed, escaping through a rear bedroom window in a room where her husband, Arthur, was asleep. Smith, who is a grocer, told police that on the previous Sunday his son, Leonard, had seen a man depart through his bedroom window ·on the second floor; and that about a year ago a wrist watch was stolen from under his pillow.

The thief yesterday obtained $10 and small change in a paper bag taken from a bureau drawer in Mrs. Smith's room. Smith has given the name of a suspect to Detectives Clifford Del Rossi and Leon Branch.

Mrs. Jennie Simone, of'529 South Second Street, reported to police that on returning to her home Saturday after a week's absence she found thieves had gained entrance through a rear window and taken a watch, brooch and wedding ring..


Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

Detectives He Called Saps Turn Tables on Suspect

Anthony Gibbons, 35, of 1332 Decatur Street, has learned that calling detectives saps is a very "sappy" remark to make- he is now in the city jail on charges of possessing stolen goods.

Last Wednesday the automobile of John Harwan, of 1317 Sheridan Street, was stolen from Van Hook Street and Mt. Ephraim Avenue. It was recovered Thursday with four wheels and tires missing. Charles Reynolds, of 1331 Van Hook Street was arrested and sentenced to six months.

Gibbons, was suspected of having the wheels and, tires. He was questioned Thursday night and released by Detectives Benjamin Simon and Clifford Del Rossi after denial. The two detectives then heard via the "grapevine" that Gibbons called them "saps." So they shadowed him all day Saturday and discovered him making several visits at the home of Vito Balducci, 1329 Decatur Street. An investigation of the cellar of Balducci's home revealed the missing tires and wheels.

Simon and Del Rossi said that Balducci was an innocent party to the crime and did not know Gibbons had placed the articles in his cellar. Michael Reggiero, of 327 Sycamore Street, told the detectives he saw Gibbons taking the tires and wheels into the house while Balducci was out..


YOUTHS PEDDLING RADIO
ARRESTED ON SUSPICION

Two youths were arrested late last night on suspicion of stealing a radio when one of them was interrupted by detectives while attempting to sell it.

Detectives Benjamin Simon, Clifford Del Rossi and Robert Ashenfelter became suspicious of a car parked at Norris and Sheridan Streets. The occupant, Stephen Stanziak, 19, of 1279 Sheridan Street, said he was waiting for a companion who was in the store of Michael Gucik, northeast corner of Norris and Sheridan Streets. The detectives entered the store and found Joseph Fiume, 16, of 1349 Van Hook Street, attempting to sell a radio to Gucik. The youths said it had been given to them by a man they did not know.

Camden Courier-Post
June 25, 1933


Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

Barred From Swim, Boy, 11, Finds Wine And Gets Plastered
Johnny Has Stomach Pumped Out Prior to Questioning Today

Johnny, 11, couldn't go swimming yesterday so he got drunk.

. Johnny, who lives on Girard Place, was seen late yesterday by Mrs. Bella Cheek, of 708 South Eighth Street, staggering between two other boys in the rear of Line Street near Eighth Street. She notified police.

When Detective Clifford Del Rossi arrived Johnny's companions had disappeared but there was Johnny, "plastered."

When the stomach pump had been administered at Cooper Hospital, Johnny said he and his pals had found a bottle of wine. He didn't say where, but police will question him further when he feels better.

His mother told police he had wanted to go swimming but that she was afraid something would happen to him. It did.


Camden Courier-Post - June 26, 1933

WIFE SLAIN BY JAGGED GLASS, HUSBAND HELD
ACCIDENT HOAX BROKEN BY COPS AFTER GRILLING FAMILY; FRIEND
On Deathbed, She Orders 4 Children to Say She Fell on Stairs
COMMAND AROUSES CONCEALED DETECTIVES

Woman Slashed by Broken Decanter; Man Faces Murder Charge Today

A death-bed command of a South Camden mother to her four children to stick to their story failed of its motive last night and the woman's husband was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The charge will be changed today, police said, to one of murder.

"Say only what I say, that I fell down the steps."

Mrs. Philomena Marcozzi, 4l, died in West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital shortly after she made that remark; at 4 p.m. yesterday. She bled to death from a severe cut on her left arm.

At her bedside were her children, Josephine, 15; Ida, 13; Louise, 17, and David, 19.

Cops' Suspicions Aroused Nearby

Out of sight of the dying woman, stood Detectives Clifford Del Rossi and Fiore Troncone.

Their suspicions aroused, the sleuths renewed their investigation. As a result the woman's husband, Guilio Marcozzi, 55, of 321 Pine Street was put in the city jail last night, charged with the death of his wife.

Mrs. Marcozzi was cut with the jagged edge of a broken wine decanter, during an argument with her husband over the cleaning of some hardshelled crabs.

But it wasn't the children who said that.

A neighbor, Mrs. Ida Lupini, 31, of 311 Line Street, was in the Marcozzi home when the children returned Sunday night from a crabbing trip to Sea Side Heights. She told police, they declared, that she saw the children jubilantly deposit their catch on the kitchen table.     

Then she watched, alarmed and afraid to leave, as Marcozzi told his wife to "throw them out."

The wife refused.

The husband insisted, and when his wife told him he should clean the crabs, he grasped the wine decanter and struck the mother over the temple, Mrs. Lupini said.

Cut by Jagged 'Glass'

The decanter broke. Grasping the long, neck of the bottle, Marcozzi continued to attack his wife. He swung the jagged edge towards her breast, and to protect, herself she raised her arm.

The broken bottle cut deeply into her skin. An artery was severed.

Then the children rushed, the mother to West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital.

That is the story Mrs. Lupini told: according to Acting Chief of Police John W. Golden and Assistant Prosecutor Rocco Palese.

The mother told hospital attaches she fell down the steps of her, home, cutting her arm on the broken bits of a bottle she was carrying at the             time.    

The children, hearing this story, corroborated her.

Wife Dying- Man at Work

The father failed to appear at the hospital. Police were forced to get him at his work yesterday, according to Detective Joseph Carpani, when his wife was dying.

Last night he denied the crime. He said he was not at home when his wife suffered the fatal injury.

But his children, confronted with Mrs. Lupini's tale, broke down and confessed, according to police.

Eighteen hours of almost constant questioning of the Lupini woman by Detectives Carpani, Del Rossi and Troncone solved the tragedy. All three were complimented last night by Acting Police Chief John W. Golden.


Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933
MAN HELD IN THREAT AS WOMAN FAINTS
Landlord, Seeking Rent, Denies He Intended to Shoot Tenant

 Residents along the 900 block on Howard Street were thrown into a turmoil at 9:15 a.m. yesterday by a reported shooting, after a woman, screaming for help, ran from her home and fainted on the street.

The police arrested Charles Bensley, 73, of 936 Howard Street, charged with threatening to kill Mrs. Anna Morgan, 55, of 934 Howard Street, and carrying  concealed deadly weapons.         

A few minutes later Police Judge Pancoast held Bensley without bail for the grand jury. He admitted having the pistol at the hearing, but. had denied possession of the weapon when first arrested.

"Were you going to shoot her?" the court asked.

"No,“ Bensley replied, "I don't know what made me do this, I think I'm half-crazy. I own the house and wanted to collect the rent or make her move."

When Motorcycle Patrolmen Russell Young and George Getley arrived in front of Bensley's home, 100 neighbors were crowding the street outside.

Bensley, they said, eluded them and ran out the front door after pretending to make for the back. He was grabbed by August Hasher, 41, of 217 Erie street, a bystander.

Meanwhile, a motorist had taken the unconscious Mrs. Morgan to Cooper Hospital when she fainted in front of. her home. She was questioned at the hospital by Detectives Clifford Del Rossi and George Zeitz.

The detectives quoted Mrs. Morgan all saying that Bensley, who owns the house in which she lives, came into her home this morning to talk about rent which was two months overdue.

"He asked me," she said, "if I had received a court notice to move, and I said I had, but was waiting for an eviction notice.

"Then he said, 'Well, I'm going to take the law in my own hands', and with that he pulled out a pistol and began brandishing it. I ran out the front door calling for help and then I fainted. That‘s all I remember."

Bensley admitted asking Mrs. Morgan to move out. The police found a 38-caliber revolver and a box of bullets hidden behind a rafter in the cellar of his home, they said.


Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933

2 More Held In Bogus Bill Passing Here
Man and Woman Believed to Have Fled as Pals Were Trapped

Coincident with police warnings throughout South Jersey for merchants to be on the look­out for spurious $10 and $1 bills, a man and woman were arrested in Philadelphia yesterday as suspected members of a ring flooding South Jersey with counterfeit notes.

Two others are under arrest, taken into custody Saturday night at Somerdale after they allegedly passed counterfeit $10 notes on three storekeepers. The two arrested yesterday have been identified as the man and woman who fled in an automobile when the other two were apprehended at Somerdale. All four are colored. A fourth man is being sought.

Meanwhile fake bills have ap­peared in Camden and Ocean City. Three spurious $1 bills were passed in Ocean City and a $1 and $10 bills in Camden.

Were Passing Tens

State police with the Berlin Barracks, who provided Philadelphia police with the clue resulting in the arrest of the man and woman, declared the four colored persons apparently devoted themselves to passing false tens.

The four are David and Estelle Mitchell, both of 623 South Seventeenth street, Philadelphia, arrested at that address yesterday; Carlton Hollen, 37, of 2519 West  Turner street, Philadelphia, and Thomas E. Sprinkles, 38, of Emlen Avenue, Lawnside.

All four will be arraigned here tomorrow morning before U. S. Commissioner Wynn Armstrong.

Alertness of Mrs. Bella Mitchell, storekeeper on Evesham avenue near a colored amusement park, and that of two Somerdale policemen, resulted in arrest of Hollen and Sprinkles.

Mrs. Mitchell called Police Recorder Edward C. Ziegler and Policeman Charles W. Rush, to examine a counterfeit bill which she said one of the group had given to her.

Man and 'Woman Flee

A few minutes later the party returned, and Zjegler and Rush attempted to arrest them. One man and the woman fled in an automobile while Ziegler pursued the other two men around the Mitchell home. One man escaped through a woods at the rear of the property, but Rush arrested Hollen.

Sprinkles, who had been seen with Hollen, was detained as a suspect.

In the meantime, a call to the Berlin state police barracks brought Troopers Sol Polkowitz and Nicholas Torrell, at whose suggestion the men were taken to the Berlin State police barracks and questioned. No counterfeit money was found on either man. Sprinkles was arrested after Trooper Torrell had found a wad of counterfeit $10 bills lying on the ground.

Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Elizabeth Showell, Evesham Avenue, and Mrs. Gertrude Gross, Warwick road, identified Hollen as the man who had given them counterfeit bills, after having been introduced by Sprinkles. They identified Mitchell and the Jones woman at Philadelphia city hall. The prisoners were then turned over to the United States Department of Justice.

A teletype message sent out by Berlin state police, containing the license number of Mitchell's car, CV453, led Philadelphia detectives to Mitchell and his woman companion.

The four are being questioned by U. S. Department of Justice agents as to whether they circulated any of the false notes in Camden.

Cigar Dealer Duped

Detective Clifford Del Rossi, assigned to counterfeit activities in Camden, disclosed yesterday a spurious $10 note had been passed upon Charles Goldberg, cigar merchant at 433 Broadway, and that Goldberg was unaware of being duped until he had given the note to Detective John Schimer in exchange for scrip. Schimer learned of the bill’s spuriousness when he deposited at the Camden Safe Deposit and Trust Company with $20 in genuine money. Goldberg made good the note to Schimer.

One of the many counterfeit $1 bills being circulated found its way to the circulation department of the Courier-Post Newspapers. When compared to a genuine note the printing on the bill was indistinct. It was shorter by a quarter of an inch than the real issue and the outline of George Washington's face was dim. The bill was turned over to Camden police.

The three $1 bills passed in Ocean City, all of which are in hands of police there, were made with faulty engravings which depict Washington needing a haircut and with a front tooth protruding.

Two men arrested in Atlantic City yesterday as counterfeiters of half dollars were held for the U. S. grand jury last night by U. S. Commissioner Herbert Voorhees.

They are Theodore Osbern, 26, who gave his address as Richmond, Va., and William Carey, 27, of 315 Drexel avenue, Atlantic City. They were arrested by Constable A. H. Frankel at 500 North Tennessee Avenue after a man told him the two had sought his aid. Frankel said the men were starting to pour molten metal into molds when he arrived.


Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933

TWO MEN NABBED AS NUMBERS AIDES

Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, and Joseph Tavolieri, 33, of 421 Emerald Street, were arrested yesterday afternoon by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon on charges of collecting numbers slips.

Slips totaling $25 were found in Scarduzio's possession. Tavolieri had only a few. The arrests were made near Fourth Street and Ferry Avenues. They will be arraigned in police court today before Judge Garfield Pancoast.


Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933
FORMER COP IS FINED AS NUMBERS COLLECTOR

Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, a former policeman, and Joseph Trevolini, 31, of 421 Emerald Street, were fined $25 each by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday on charges of collecting numbers slips.

They were arrested Monday afternoon near Fourth street and Ferry Avenue by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon. Numbers slips were found on both.


 

Camden Morning Post
October 20, 1933

Harry Yellin - Garfield Pancoast
Clarence Arthur - Clifford Del Rossi Benjamin Simon - Thomas Kauffman 
South 2nd Street - South 4th Street
South 7th Street - Broadway - Clinton Street
Delaware Avenue - Everett Street  
Haddon Avenue
- Kaighn Avenue
Market Street - Mt. Ephraim Avenue
Mt. Vernon Street - Pine Street
Royden Street - Walnut Street
Whitman Avenue
Emil Muckensturm's Saloon
Parkside Grill - Thompson's Grille


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Identified in Police Line-Up

      John Lenkowski, upper left; Earl Stainker, center, and James Mealy, upper right, all identified yesterday in a police line-up by victims and witnesses of four holdups and robberies. The trio was picked from five suspects who were viewed by more than 20 victims of recent holdups.


CAMDEN COURIER-POST - AUGUST 31, 1935
JOHNSON GETS WARD'S JOB AS KOBUS ORDERS COP SHAKEUP
SHAW MADE ASSISTANT IN PLACE OF KOERNER

 By Charles L. Humes 

In a shakeup of Camden police officials yesterday afternoon Lieutenant Samuel E. Johnson was named acting chief of detectives by Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, director of public safety. 

Lieutenant George A. Ward, who has been in charge of the detective bureau for a year, was transferred to take Johnson's place in charge of headquarters. 

Detective Louis Shaw was made assistant to Johnson, replacing Detective Sergeant Gus Koerner. Koerner was transferred to the Second District, for radio car and street duty. The new order became effective at 4:00 PM yesterday                       

Police Chief Arthur Colsey announced the changes in the bureau after a two-hour conference with Commissioner Kobus yesterday afternoon. 

Maurice Di Nicuolo, who has been an acting detective, was transferred to the First Police District, with former Acting Detective Clifford Del Rossi returning to his old post in the detective bureau. 

In the only other transfer announced, Sergeant Harry Newton was switched from the First Police District to the Third, with Sergeant Edward Carroll going from the Third to the First. 

Although no other changes were made public, it is believed yesterday’s are a forerunner of numerous shifts to be made today or early next week.’ 

“These changes are being made for the good of the service,” Commissioner Kobus declared. “There will be other transfers of officers and men so that all the police may familiarize themselves with all the branches of the department.”

 Lieutenant Johnson was a appointed a policeman on January 1, 1910. After 10 years as a patrolman, he was promoted to a detective, where he made a splendid record. On November 28, 1928 he was made a sergeant, and again promoted on April 8, 1930, when he became a lieutenant.

 Ward was appointed a policeman on August 2, 1917, promoted to detective January 1, 1927, sergeant November 14, 1928 and lieutenant on January 24, 1930.

  Johnson was a detective sergeant when former Police Chief John W. Golden was head of that bureau, but later was transferred to police headquarters.

Ward has been in and out of the detective bureau several times. He served for a time as the commander of the First District and later was ion charge of the police headquarters on the 12:00 midnight to 8:00 AM shift. He was a political lieutenant of former Public Safety Director David S. Rhone.


Camden Courier-Post - August 14, 1936
2 HELD IN THEFT OF CRAPS WINNINGS
Money Won in Audubon Taken From East Camden Man, Cops Told
George Clayton - Clifford Del Rossi - David McMullen - Tony Scola
Joseph Procelli aka Joe Rizzo
South 4th Street - North 34th Street - Spruce Street 

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Camden Courier-Post - August 30, 1936

CIGAR STORE RAIDED BY ‘SECRET6’ SQUAD
Alleged Proprietor is Held in $500 Bail for Police Court Hearing

 Raiders of the “Secret 6” of the Camden police department yesterday arrested Oscar Bendler, 40, as the alleged proprietor of a cigar store at 217 Market Street, where they reported hey seized horse racing sheets, three phones and $114.

 Bendler, who gave his address as 310 Erie Street, is charged with violating the city ordinance prohibiting gambling and is held in $500 bail for a police court hearing today.

 The raid on Bendler’s place was made after the police squad had searched five other small shops and found only legitimate business being conducted,

 Two of the shops were located on the Market Street ferry walk, two on Market Street between Second and Third Street and on Federal Street between Second and Third Street.

 Fine-combing of establishments were it is suspected the gambling gentry may flourish was ordered by Police Chief Arthur Colsey. The picked squad of men who operated as members of Colsey's ”Secret Six” yesterday were Detective Sergeant Clifford Del Rossi, Sergeant Walter Rowand, Detectives Benjamin Simon and Joseph Mardino.


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CAMDEN COURIER-POST - JANUARY 12, 1938
KOBUS ORDERS CITY DRIVE ON NUMBERS RING
ISSUES DECREE FOR POLICE TO TIGHTEN UP ON GAMING RACKET
FBI Agents Join Probe Here of $50,000 Bank
PHILA. LEADERS HELD LOTTERY CZARS HERE
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Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938

BOY HELD IN THEFTS REFUSES TO “SQUEAL”
Leads Sleuths to Loot Cache After Confessing Possession of Stolen Goods

 Foster G. Stickler, 16, of 825 Linden Street, arrested yesterday for allegedly robbing parked cars refused to reveal the name of a companion who aided him in the robberies, police said. .

The youth admitted another boy was with him but he refused to give his name.

"Nothing doing, I won't squawk," he told Detective Sergeant Clifford Del Rossi, Detective Donald Swissler and Patrolman John Ferry.

Patrolman Ferry took the youth into custody at Eighth and Linden streets, on a hunch, when he found a dozen automobile keys in the youth’s pockets.

Stickler was taken to police head quarters and booked "on suspicion for further investigation," where Del Rossi joined Patrolman Ferry in questioning Stickler. After about 20 minutes the youth admitted, according, to Del Rossi and Ferry, that a fountain pen in his possession was stolen.

Stickler also said he stole a woman's gold ring, a flashlight and a man's gold watch. He hid the flashlight and gave the watch to another boy to sell, police learned.

The two detectives and patrolman took the youth to his home where, according to Del Rossi, they found the flashlight.

Stickler then led the way to a lot in the rear of 813 Linden Street where he measured off two paces from a fence and then stepped off four paces in another direction, stooped and began digging in the soil with his hands.

He unearthed a man's watch valued at $60 and described by police as the one which the youth said he gave to a boy to sell. Nothing else was recovered from the "treasure hole."

Persons who have lost articles from their automobiles are requested to go to the detective bureau to see if they can identify the youth as having been around the machines.

Police said Stickler made a practice of watching parked cars.


Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1938 

CANIO LORUSSO FETED ON HIS 73D BIRTHDAY

The family of Canio Lorusso, widely known South Camden resident, gathered at his home at 319 Stevens street last night at a birthday party given in his honor.

Lorusso was 73 yesterday. He has resided in this country 50 years and had conducted a saloon business now operated by his son at the 241 Stevens street address for almost 50 years. He is the father-in-law of Detective Sergeant Clifford Del Rossi.

Among those attending the party were two sons, Joseph and William Lorusso; five daughters, Mrs. Catherine Abate, Mrs. Angeline Romano Mrs. Margaret Del Rossi, Mrs. Beatrice Dandrea, and Mrs. Carmela Trancanna; 28 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


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