GEORGE ZEITZ was born around 1893 in Pennsylvania to Frederick W. and Clara Zeitz. The Zeitz family later came to New Jersey. After serving in World War I, George Zeitz returned home to live with his mother, father, and brother Thomas at 118 Geneva Avenue in Haddon Township NJ. George Zeitz then was working in elevator construction, while his father listed his occupation for the January 1920 Federal Census as "Shipping Meat".
By 1923 George Zeitz had married Jennie Maguire. Their daughter Clara was born in around 1924. By January of 1930 George Zeitz had joined the Camden Police Department. The 1930 Federal Census, taken in April of that year, shows the Zeitz family living at 641 Grant Street in North Camden. Mother-in-law Jennie Maguire, then 75, also lived with them.
George Zeitz was promoted to Detective by May of 1934. He was still on the force in 1947, according to the Camden City Directory for that year. At that time he was living at 340 Kaighn Avenue in South Camden, with a second wife, Helen L. Zeitz.
George and Helen Zeitz do not appear in the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory for Camden County. It appears that may have passed away by that time. His wife Helen died in January of 1981.
Camden Courier-Post - January 16, 1928
Storekeeper Is Knocked Down by Two Bandits Who Empty Cash Register
Entering a grocery store at Van Hook and
Streets under the pretense of being customers, two men knocked Mrs. Mary
Maska, the proprietor, to the floor this morning an robbed the cash
register of $162.
Recovering from the blow, delivered by one of the
pair, the woman telephoned police, who immediately set up guards at the
entrance to the bridge and at the ferry terminals, apparently in the
belief that the thugs were from Philadelphia.
The men were described by Mrs. Maska as colored,
both small in stature. One was shabbily dressed, wearing a torn
overcoat, she said. The other was neatly garbed. Both wore caps.
The robbery occurred at 9 o’clock this morning
and a1thougth Mrs. Maska screamed for help after the men had fled, no
help came City Detectives George Ward and
Thomas Cheeseman arrived at
the scene in response to her call to police headquarters.
The men entered the store; where Mrs. Maska was
alone and one tendered her a quarter in supposed payment for a small
quantity of bologna. This was done, detective. Believe, in order to give
the men an opportunity to see the contents of the cash drawer in the
cash register. In ringing up the quarter, Mrs. Maska revealed that there
was a quantity of paper money in this drawer.
The second of the bandits then asked for a cigar
and Mrs. Maska left the cash register for another part of the store. As
she did so, one of the men struck her on the head and then looted the
bottles of pre-war liquor were among the loot taken by burglars who
broke Into the home of William Bonstedt, 510 Clinton
Street, during the absence of the family over the weekend. In
addition to the liquor, the thieves got several
articles of jewelry and $20 in cash. The robbery was discovered
when the family returned from the seashore last night.
also discovered that the home of Wilfred
Kaighn, 567 Benson
Street, had been
entered and ransacked during the family’s absence at Pittsburgh.
Until Kaighn returns, it
will be impossible to determine how much loot was taken, detectives
O’Donnell, 31 years old, 545 Penn
Street, was arrested yesterday after
he was seen breaking into a tool house at Baird and Crescent Boulevards.
When O’Donnell was arrested by George Zeitz, a patrolman, he was found to have in his possession a sweater he had taken from the shed which contained supplies from a building operation nearby. A companion with O’Donnell escaped according to Zeitz.
Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1932
Simon - Roy
R. Stewart - John
W. Golden - George
Zeitz - William
Clifford A. Baldwin - Walter Keown - L. Scott Cherchesky - Garfield S. Pancoast
Charles Wilder - Liberty Street
Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1933
OF 3 IN CRIME DEN HUNTED HERE
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.
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
was still being held at Philadelphia police headquarters.
youth was still being held at Philadelphia police headquarters.
Rahway Inmate Questioned
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
slain in the disorderly house and the one
police believe caused the shootings. Mazzare, serving an
indeterminate sentence for carrying concealed weapons,
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'
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.”
to the police theory, the motive for the murders was jealousy.
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.
police attached no particular importance to the questioning of Burgo. At
the same time there were reports Heanly was busy in Camden hunting for
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
Dolan's fellow policemen attended his funeral yesterday.
Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1933
SEEKS RELEASE ON WRIT
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 Nin th 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 9, 1933
3 YOUTHS ACCUSED OF INTENDED THEFT
Charged with loitering with intent to steal three Liberty Park youths will be given hearings in police court today.
They are John Milena, 20, of 1244 Whitman avenue; John Malik, 15, of 1295 Everett street, and Edward Bukowski, 17, of 1507 Norris street. They were arrested by Detective George Zeitz.
Prior to their arrest 900 cigars were stolen from the parked automobile of Edward Spiegel, 1500 Bradley Avenue. Zeitz said the youths were near the car.
Courier-Post * Evening Courier
May 16, 1933
HOME, OFFICE LOOTED BY CAMDEN BURGLARS
home and an office in South Camden were entered by burglars last night,
according to reports made to the detective bureau today.
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.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933|
|Camden Courier-Post - Evening Courier - June 3, 1933|
who used a ladder to remove a second-story window from Corbett's Kut Price
Drug Store, 725 Broadway,
were frightened away early yesterday when the window crashed.
Prossie Corbett, proprietor of
store, asleep in her bedroom in another part of the building, told the
police she heard no noise.
ladder, recently used by painters at the store, was discovered by David
Hawkes, a private watchman in the neighborhood, at 4
m. He called the police and Detectives Leon Branch and George
responded. According to them, the thieves removed the window by using a
brace and bit.
Walter Migala, 1482 South 9th Street, reported to the police that his wrist watch was stolen from the living room of his home while his family was away Thursday night. Entrance had been gained by forcing a rear window.
|Camden Courier-Post - Evening Courier - June 4, 1933|
IN ONE ROBBERY, ARRESTED FOR ANOTHER
released a week ago in connection with the $11,000 Camden
Radio Condenser Company holdup, was rearrested Saturday and held in $3000
bail on a charge of robbing an East
The accused is Stanley Powell, 26, of 1256 Whitman Avenue, alleged to have stolen, with the help of two other men of unknown identity, a marble machine and 100 cigars from Marty's Olde Tappe Room, operated at 1990 Federal Street by Marty Segal.
he learned that Powell's new expensive car had been seen near the taproom
early on Thursday, when the robbery occurred. Zeitz said he obtained this
information after Powell had been quizzed and released in the radio firm
Upon further investigation, Zeitz asserted, he found a witness, Daniel Danter, 1985 Carman Street, who allegedly saw Powell and two other men carrying "something" from the store and loading it in the car. Zeitz, according to Zeitz, identified Powell. Elwood Cox, of 1981 Carman Street, is alleged by Zeitz to ha ve seen Powell's car in that neighborhood on the morning of the robbery, but didn't know any of the men in it.
Acting Police Judge James Smith fixed the amount of bail.
Camden Courier-Post - June 5, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933
HELD IN ROBBERY OF BYRON P. COBB
accused of kidnapping,
beating and robbing Byron P.
Cobb, 62, of 427 Benson
Street, yesterday were held without bail for the grand jury by
Police Judge Pancoast
after they pleaded not guilty.
was sentenced to 15 days
in jail in default of $100 tine
when he pleaded guilty to operating an automobile without driver's
or owner's licenses.
who for many years operated an awning business at Fifth
streets and through it became nicknamed "The Sun
Doctor," first told the police he had been robbed of $4700 but
yesterday said the amount was only $47.
was found in a semi-conscious condition lying on River Drive in
Farnham Park early Sunday. The suspects, arrested later for a
traffic violation, were identified by Cobb
at police headquarters, the police said. They are charged with
assault and battery, robbery and forcing Cobb
into their· machine.
he was so badly dazed after the attack he could not think clearly.
He said he thought he had the $4700, which he drew from a bank to
pay a mortgage, but later found it at home. He said he had only
home at 8 p. m. Saturday and made three stops before I went to a
place at Broadway
Street. I left
there about an hour later and met this man (Fioravanti) at Broadway
Avenue. He is the man who asked me to get in the car and told me
he would take me home.
after that I was hit and I don't remember any more.
left home at 8 o'clock I had three $500 bills,
two $100 bills and three $1000
bills in my vest pocket, loose.
When I fell, I heard someone say; 'Get the money,' and Primo and
another boy with a panama hat got the money from me. I don't
remember any more until I was found by the officers." .
|Camden Courier-Post - June 14, 1933|
|FLORIST SHOP RAID TRAPS NUMBERS
Police Believe Hunt for Racket Headquarters Ended; 4 Are Arrested
A three-month search for "number's" headquarters in Camden was believed ended today when
The others arrested in the raid gave their names as Charles Selanski, 23, of 1286 Sheridan Street; Leon Babrowski, 22, of 1209 Lansdowne Avenue, and Frank Gromacki, 27, of 1411 Mt. Ephraim Avenue. Several "pickup men," who have been arrested while carrying money and numbers slips, according to Shaw, were linked with the ring. The principals, however, had managed to escape detection.
The flower shop, Shaw said, is operated by Joseph Haleski, and was used as a "blind" for the lottery racket.
Klosterman was released last night in $1000 bail for a hearing today on a charge of operating a numbers lottery. The others were all released in $100 cash security as material witnesses..
|Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933|
ANNOUNCED FOR FOURTH PARADE
Hundreds of Children Will Join Organizations in Pyne Poynt Program
Route of the annual Fourth of July parade of the Pyne Poynt Athletic Association was announced last night. The event, one of the out standing Independence Day programs in South Jersey, promises to surpass any previous undertaking of the association.
Hundreds of school children and organizations are planning to march. The line will form on Erie Street, west of Seventh, turn south on Seventh street to York, east on Eighth, south to State, east to Ninth, south to Vine, west to Eighth, south to Elm, west to Sixth, north to State, west to Fifth, north to Grant, west to Fourth, north to York, east to Fifth, north to Bailey, east to Sixth, north to Byron street and then enter Pyne Poynt Park.
Named as parade marshal is Isaac Kyler, while John R. Schultz again will have charge of school children. William Hughes and George Zeitz will serve as assistant marshals. The Pyne Poynt Garden Club is planning to march and compete for a share of the 250 prizes to be awarded. Among the awards will be a token for the best decorated home in the Tenth Ward. A meeting of the committee in charge is to be held at 7.30 p. m. tonight at 939 North Fifth Street,to discuss plans for raising funds in the First Ward.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933|
MAN RECOVERS FROM INHALING GAS
The young man was found unconscious at his apartment Tuesday with a gas jet open in the room. Detectives Louis Schlamm and Richard Donnelly took him to the hospital where he was questioned by Detective George Zeitz.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933|
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.
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 8, 1933|
3 SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN DROWNING OF MAN
A mother's persistent entreaties that the Camden police further investigate the death of her son resulted yesterday in the arrest of two women and a man on suspicion of manslaughter.
The arrests were made by City Detective George Zeitz in connection with the drowning Saturday night a week ago of Briggs Miller, 26, colored, of 2820 Mitchell street. The body was found last Monday in Cooper creek at the head of Twelfth street.
Since the death of her son, Mrs. Sallie Robinson, twice married, communicated with the police several times, telling of her suspicion that her boy was pushed from a boat.
Under arrest are Regina Ganges, 32, of 1011 Penn street; Shetta Johnson, 37, of 311 Chester street, and Solomon Waples, 33, of 2820 Mitchell street, all colored.
MAY 12, 1934
Courier-Post * May 17, 1934
BOY SHOT, MANY PEOPLE HURT IN EIGHTH WARD RIOT
4th Street - South
6th Street - Hale Street
Street - Dr.
Orris W. Saunders
Evening Courier - September 12, 1934
TO BLAIR, COLSEY SAYS;
3 HELD IN NUMBERS DRIVE
1 ADMITS GUILT AND POLICE SAY LINKS OTHERS
Klosterman Named by Man Found With Slips On Him After Arrest
3 'BIG BANKS' INVOLVED IN MOVE TO CLEAN UP
Others Must Face Trial; More Arraigned and Bonds Fixed by Court
While Camden County authorities were collecting evidence to present to the new Grand Jury when it convenes next Thursday afternoon to open its extraordinary probe into vice and crime, Camden today pressed their drive on gambling in this city.
Three men, one of whom police declare is a "numbers" bank operator here, were held under bail to await the action of the Grand Jury by Judge J. Harry Switzer when arraigned in Police Court.
The alleged "numbers" baron is Joseph Klosterman, who gave an address of 1400 Mechanic Street. He was held in $3000 bail for the Grand Jury on a charge of operating a "numbers" Lottery.
Held in $2000 Bail
Albert Young, 41, of 519 North 2nd Street, was held in $2000 bail and remanded to the Grand Jury action on a charge of possession of numbers slips. He entered a plea of guilty when arraigned before Judge Switzer.
Walter Hart, 25, of 1245 Thurman Street, who was taken into custody at 9:05 AM today by police after Young revealed he passed over his numbers slips between 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM daily, was held in $5000 bail on a charge of operating a "numbers" lottery. He pleaded not guilty to the complaint which was signed by City Detective George Zeitz.
After arraignment the three "numbers" suspects were taken from court to detective headquarters where they were photographed and fingerprinted.
At the hearing of Klosterman, Detective Zeitz testified that he hand his brother Fred were each fined $500 on May 23 last in lieu of serving a six month jail sentence which had been imposed July 21, 1933 by Criminal Judge Shay after having been convicted of operating a "numbers" lottery.
The detective further testified that he had statement ts from five other persons, one of whom was Young, arrested in connection with the gambling drive, who stated that they worked for the "Klosterman brothers numbers bank".
Besides Young, the others, all of whom are under $2000 bail each for grand jury action, include Frank Kulczynski 26, of 1100 Orchard Street, Charles Simonin, 35, of 709 Fairview Street; Mrs. Mary Angelio, 26, of 600 Line Street; Harry Koron, 42, of 1528 Mount Ephraim Avenue, and Leon Yaroch, 39,of 612 Kaighn Avenue.
Klosterman was taken into custody yesterday by Police Lieutenant Walter Welch, of the Second Police District, on a warrant signed by Zeitz. Young was picked up Sergeant Edward Hahn and Patrolman Ralph Cline.
A "number" bank fugitive, Joseph Cheak, 32, colored, who lives on 10th Street near Kaighn Avenue, is lodged in the Camden County jail awaiting court action. He was arrested in Philadelphia yesterday and brought here to face an indictment returned against him two weeks ago by the Camden County Grand Jury.
Chief County Detective Lawrence T. Doran disclosed that Cheak is known as the operator of the "colored numbers bank" in South Camden.
While police and detectives were scouring the city to learn whether or not the warning issued 36 hours ago to all proprietors of gambling houses to close down and stay closed was being enforced, Mayor Stewart was continuing the questioning of police officials and detectives at his City Hall office.
Data on vice and crime conditions was sought by Mayor Stewart.
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