CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
THE 'GHOST SNIPER'
Here is another one of those forgotten stories that were front page news back in the day. I thought that this tale, in light of the Camden involvement of the murderers Muhammed and Malvo, was worth retelling.
I've just discovered the story, and will be adding to it as I go through the microfilmed newspapers of the era.
Camden Courier-Post - January 25, 1928
SHOOTS AT BUS, FELLS COP AT BRIDGE PLAZA
Probing a mystery that sounds more like fantastic fiction than serious fact, police of Camden and officials of the Camden Bridge today were conducting a vigorous hunt for a “phantom sniper.”
After four vehicles had been fired upon during the
last month on or near the Federal Street Bridge across Crescent Boulevard,
a mysterious bullet or other missile penetrated the windshield of a
Pennsylvania bus on the Camden Bridge and spurred authorities into action.
Then at 4:30 o’clock this morning, Bridge Policeman John J. Rodgers was twice fired upon on the span. The second time, he was struck between the shoulders, spun around and knocked down.
Blue Marble Found
The missile that struck him, found a few moments later, was a blue marble. It furnished the first clue to the “phantom sniper” that police have obtained. Apparently it was fired from a powerful slingshot or an air gun, so powerful in fact that it struck Rogers with almost bullet-like force although it must have been fired from a distance of nearly a hundred yards.
Police were unanimous in the opinion that the
missile which penetrated the window of the bus on the span yesterday was
no such marble, but a bullet. They added, however, that there was a
possibility that it might have been a steel ball bearing discharged from
an air gun or slingshot such as that which was used in sniping upon
It was learned from an official source this
afternoon that bridge police will question a15-year-old boy. It was said
that he lives 150 feet of the spot where the gun was fired upon yesterday.
The boy and his father are said to occupy the
third floor of a rooming house on North Fourth Street. Police have no
evidence that this boy fired the shot or marble that struck Rogers, but
they decided to question him on ownership of a rifle or slingshot.
Meanwhile it was revealed that still another incident in which the “phantom sniper” had appeared had taken place last night when a Philadelphia-Pennsauken bus was fired upon near the Federal Street Bridge.
the same time bridge officials disclosed that police on the span have been
bothered for the past three months by the fact that the sniper has been
shooting out electric lights
and theorizing over the peculiar incidents ran riot among the police who
are investigating them today. Although the slingshot or air gun theory was
given considerable credence by Rogers’ extraordinary experience, other
officers insisted that no instrument of this nature would discharge a
bullet, ball bearing or other metal missile with sufficient force to bore
through the windshields of buses and automobiles which have been fired on
by the “phantom sniper.”
was November 21 that the sniper- if he is the same who has now taken the
Camden bridge as his basis of operations- first came into public notice.
Former State Senator Albert S.
Woodruff was fired upon from an automobile which his car was following
across the Federal Street Bridge at the time.
Hear Report of Gun
On that occasion, however, the report of a gun was heard by Woodruff, whereas, in subsequent incidents, none of the near victims of the shots have heard any sound. This also strengthens the theory of the existence of air gun or other instrument more powerful than any known to police. If the missiles which have struck other automobiles were bullets, however, it is pointed out that they may have been fired from a rifle or revolver equipped with a silencer.
the Woodruff incident, a
Riverton family has been fired upon, another automobile windshield has
been penetrated, apparently by a bullet while crossing Federal Street
bridge and on Sunday night, Mrs. A. D. Kohn, 319 Evans Street,
Haddonfield, was cut by flying glass when her car was made the target of
the member of the Camden bridge police force who was struck by the blue
marble early this morning; was standing on the bridge about 10 feet from
the point at which the Pennjersey bus was hit by the sniper yesterday. As
he leaned over to inspect a portion of the roadway, something whistled
over his head and hit the railing. Hi straightened up and found on the
steel railing, the spot at which the missile had struck. The paint had
been chipped off and the metal dented as though by a bullet.
A moment, later, he had turned toward the south when he was struck between the shoulders by the marble. With such force did the little round object hit him that it wheeled him around as would a bullet and felled him. Although he wore a heavy overcoat, a leather jerkin and thick underwear, the missile left a severe bruise at the spot where it struck him.
on his feet, Rogers saw the object which had hit him rolling away. He
picked it up. It was the blue marble.
house-to-house canvas of all dwellings in the neighborhood from the roofs
or windows of which the missile might conceivably have been discharged was
being conducted today by four bridge policemen. The search was begun after
Joseph Costello, superintendent of the bridge, and Captain Alfred Souders,
head of the bridge police, had conducted a conference attended by all the
mysterious incident on the Camden bridge occurred as the Pennjersey bus
bound for Pennsauken from Philadelphia with seven passengers aboard was
rolling down the incline of the bridge towards the toll booths at 3:38
Five of the passengers were women and two were middle-aged men. The
driver was Franklin Copeland, 29 years old, of 244 South Fifty-fourth
The bus passed George Clarke a bridge patrolman, at a point about 173
yards from the end of the incline, and perhaps 225 from the tollbooths. The
policemen and the bus driver are well acquainted.
The driver waved, and the policeman, making a megaphone of his hands yelled “Howdy, Fats.”
Passengers In Uproar
The next instant Copeland heard a sudden buzz and then as if by magic a
small hole appeared in the glass before his face. Tiny bits of glass fell
He yanked on the brakes. Passengers were half thrown from their seats
and cried out to know what was wrong.
Clarke came running over. He saw the small hole at once, and instantly
scanned the bridge walk to find the source. There was no one in sight but
a little girl who strolled on.
The bus went on to Pennsauken and bridge patrolmen took up the mystery.
Four patrolled the walks, scanning the skyline on either side to see from
which houses a shot might have been fired. Others searched the roadbed,
seeking the bullet.
Detectives at Odds
The bus came back and a minute examination of it and the hole in the windshield began. When it was over investigators were divided between two theories and completely mystified.
The hole, the detectives said, seemed to have been made by a steel jacketed .22 caliber bullet. Some bridge policemen said it might have been from a .25 caliber automatic and some said it could have been a .22.
Copeland declared he was positive that there was no automobile directly
ahead of him on the bridge- that the nearest was past the curve. No
pedestrian except the little girl was in sight.
According to the detectives, it is out of reason that the missile was
fired from a house on the south side of the bridge. The glass would have
splintered because of the angle from which the bullet would have entered,
That brought up the theory that the missile was fired from within the bus. Lieutenant Gregory Love, of the Bridge Police, suggested that a “crank” using a pistol equipped with a silencer might have fired the shot. A further search was made of the interior of the bus, and on the glass alongside the driver, near the partition at the back, was found a half-inch long scratch. No bullet or other missile was found.
The inside of the glass was chipped and the outside smooth. Generally,
detectives said, a bullet will chip at the point of exit, not entrance.
Bridge Policemen John Batting, John Cox, John Curry, and Sergeant
Michael Bachmeyer, aiding in the investigation, admitted themselves
One Card Shy
Then the driver began looking among the cards signed by his passengers
as witnesses. He was one card shy.
“Do you know?” he said slowly, “I don’t think that man gave me
the card after all.”
When he found the card signed Mrs. Harriet Billingsley, 30 East Cedar Avenue, Merchantville he recalled that she had told him that a moment before the bus stopped she thought she saw a flash on her right- the south side.
Other women who gave their names were Eleanor Montgomery, 217 North Forty-seventh Street; Mrs. C. Schmidt and Mrs. T. Van Newkirk, both of 1110 North Twenty-sixth Street.
Police Drop Probe
Detectives George Ward
and Louis Shaw
said this afternoon that they would make no further investigation into the
incident of the motorbus on the Camden span yesterday. Both declared
they were convinced that a shot was fired from inside the bus.
“We are convinced that no sniper fired the shot that went through the windshield”, Ward said. “We believe the shot was fired inside the bus”.
were two men in the bus at the time the bullet went through the glass.
These men refused to give their names to the driver of the bus. Bridge
police were on the job but I believe that it they had searched these two
men they would have found a .25 revolver on one of them”.
of these men sat directly behind the driver. There are marks on the
woodwork there to show where the man rubbed the revolver when he put it
beside the driver’s face and fired the bullet through he glass.”
The glass was shattered on the inside which shows that the bullet was
fired from the inside. If the bullet had entered from the outside the
glass on the outside would have been shattered”, Ward
of the bridge police- former service men and experts on firearms-
discredited the theory of the two city detectives. They declared that the
city detectives were wrong in the matter of the shattered glass and that
the conditions would be just the reverse.
Bridge Patrolman Crane, who was standing near the bus when the shot was fired, declared today that the driver of the bus asserted he heard no report of a pistol. If the pistol had been fired near his head, he naturally would have heard it, Crane said..
Camden Courier-Post - January 26, 1928
SNIPER” FIRES ON STORE IN CRAMER HILL
Camden’s “phantom sniper” has made his appearance in Cramer Hill.
the same mysterious method as that employed by the unknown gunner who
has shot holes in the windshields of five automobiles and a motorbus in
the last few weeks, someone yesterday fired a missile through the plate
glass door at a store conducted by Gottlob Mayer, 868 North North
was the eighth time since early December that an incident of the same
sport had become known and came close on the heels of a baffled
investigation by Camden bridge police, one of whom was struck and
knocked down by a blue marble apparently fired from a powerful
compressed air gun.
Shooting the hole through Mayer’s door also closely
followed in time and circumstances, the penetration of the windshield of
a Philadelphia-Pennsauken bus by a bullet or other missile.
Bridge Policeman John J. Rogers found the blue marble which struck him
early yesterday morning, investigators declare that the missile which
bore a clean round hole through the heavy glass of the bus and store
window must have been a bullet. The possibility that the compressed air
gun which is believed to have been used in firing the marble at Rogers,
might have been used to fire a steel ball bearing at the bus was one
theory advanced yesterday. If this were the case, it was agreed by
investigators, the air gun must be one more powerful than any known to
Bullet Found In Store
in the latest incident that hit Mayer’s store is heightened by the
fact that no bullet or other missile
was found inside the store, although it was apparent that the shot or
whatever it was entered from the outside. Similarly, an inspection of
the motorbus which was fired upon on the Camden Bridge Tuesday disclosed
no missile. In these two cases at least, authorities investigating the
incidents have been faced with the additional problem of attempting to
discover the nature of a missile which to all intents and purposes,
disappears as though into thin air after striking. In none of the cases
has any report as of a gun been heard.
did not report the incident to police and, although it occurred at 10
o’clock yesterday morning, it did not become known until today. Mayer
explained that he had insurance on his plate glass, that he had no
enemies and thus did not believe he was the intended target of the
mysterious marksman, and that he had thought little of the incident
until he read of the activities of the “phantom sniper” on the
Mayer store is at the corner of Hayes Avenue and North
directly across from a Camden Fire Department station. Candy,
newspapers, magazines and tobacco are dispensed at the shop, which also
contains an ice cream parlor.
Heard Crash In Store
had been out in the store, waiting on six or seven children”, Mayer
said today. “It wasn’t two minutes after the children left that this
shot was fired. If it had come two minutes before it would have hit one
of them because they were standing right near the door.
the shot- or whatever it was- was fired I was in the kitchen. I heard a
crash and came out into the store. Nobody was in sight. I looked at the
windows and then I found the little hole, like a bullet hole, through
the glass of the door.”
firemen at the firehouse across the street had seen or heard nothing.
Neither had several persons who were passing and others in buildings
nearby. A search of the interior of the store followed. Every inch of
wall and floor space was gone over but there was no sign of a bullet or
any other missile.
Bridge police, still investigating the activities of the sniper on the span, had no results of their inquiry to make public today. They admitted that more than 24 spent in investigation had brought them no nearer to a solution of the weird mystery than when they began.
Camden Courier-Post - January 28, 1928
SNIPER SEEN! FIRES ON 2 GIRLS, BULLET IS FOUND
Camden’s “phantom sniper” has been seen.
The man who had terrorized occupants of
motorbuses, drivers of automobiles and residents of homes upon which he
has fired during the last two months is no ghost, but a man of flesh and
He is tall, fleet of foot, and he knows a man
This at least is the description given to Camden police today by two young girls, who escaped the “ghost gunner’s” latest bullets this morning.
The girls were asleep in their bedroom, in the
Centerville section, when the “sniper’s” shot sped through their
A short time before a bullet-like missile had
crashed through the window of a Public Service trolley car, bringing the
total number of occasions on which the “phantom” has appeared to 11.
The girls, through the window whose bedroom a
bullet sped at 4:45 o’clock this morning are the Misses Redempta and
Jean Napier, 25 and 20 years old respectively, daughter so Peter Napier,
former Camden Prohibition agent, who is now in the south.
Jean, youngest of the sisters, is a former
Camden High School student and widely known as a participant in amateur
theatricals here and in Philadelphia.
That incident marked the tenth occasion on which the sniper has fired upon vehicles in Camden and the fourth attack he has made this week. He fired a bullet through the windshield of a Pennjersey bus on the Camden side of the Delaware River Bridge, struck a bridge policeman with a large marble fired from a slingshot or powerful air compression gun, and fired a shot through the store window of Gottlob Mayer, Twenty-seventh Street and Hayes Avenue as his activities for the week.
was no “blue marble” such as that which struck Bridge Policeman John
J. Rogers on the Camden bridge a few days ago that crashed through the
Napier girls window. It was a leaden bullet. This latest appearance of the
“ghost gunner” is notable for the fact that the bullet was found. Only
in the first of the cases in which former State Senator Albert S.
Woodruff was fired upon in his automobile has the bullet fired by the
“phantom” been discovered afterward.
bullet which entered the girls’ room was of .32 caliber. It penetrated
the glass of the window, boring a hole about an inch in diameter. It
struck a curtain at the window, which acted as a buffer and the bullet
fell to the floor.
Aroused by the breaking glass, Redempta and Jean leaped from bed and ran to the window.
saw a man with a gun, standing across the street” the former said today.
“He was looking up at our window. As we looked, he broke into a run. He
reached the corner and I heard him say to another man: ‘It’s all right
City Detective Frank Truax was assigned by Camden police to investigate the latest appearance of the “phantom sniper.” The leaden bullet found on the floor of the girl’s bedroom was turned over to him.
several agencies began investigations of the “phantom’s” firing upon
a trolley car this morning.
The mysterious shooting by the “ghost gunner” at
the trolley car this morning, marked the tenth occasion which the “sniper”
has fired upon vehicles and the fourth attack he has made this week. He fired
a bullet through the windshield of a Pennjersey bus in the Camden side of the
Delaware river bridge, struck a bridge policeman with a large marble fired
from a slingshot or powerful air compression gun, and fired a shot through the
store window of Gottlob Mayer,
Twenty-seventh Street and Hayes Avenue as his activities for the week.
The motorman, George Washkruz, of 1114 Louis Street,
and the passengers heard the bullet crash through the front window of the
trolley car. A clean hole larger then pencil showed where the bullet had
pierced the window. No report of a gun was heard and police believe the shot
was fired by an English compressed air gun.
United States Commissioner Wynn Armstrong was a passenger on the trolley when the bullet tore through the window. He was on his way from his home in Merchantville to his office at Third and Market Streets in Camden.
short time before,” Commissioner Armstrong said,” a coupe driven by a
woman skidded and crashed into our trolley car as it was passing Morris
Street. Naturally the passengers were excited about the accident. Luckily no
one was injured.
car was proceeding again toward Camden when suddenly there was aloud
“ping” and we saw the motorman jump. He stopped the car and looked at the
window. There was a bullet hole in the window but we searched the car but were
unable to find the bullet or where it had lodged after entering the car.
looked all around outside the car but was unable to see any person who might
have fired the shot. We heard no report of a rifle or revolver accompanying
the crash of the bullet.”
When Washkruz reached the Market Street ferries, he reported the occurrence to the police. Several policemen hurried to the scene and reached the neighborhood but found no trace of the sniper. As in nearly all the other cases the bullet was fired from a southerly direction.
didn’t know what happened.” Washkruz said. “I heard the bullet strike
the window and I heard it sing as it passed by my head and go into the
Interior of the car. I saw no one who might have fired the shot.’
Rothery, manager of the southern division of the Public Service Transportation
Company, said the company would start an investigation independent of that
being made by the police in an effort to capture the sniper. The attack marks
the first time a trolley car has been fired upon during the sniper’s reign
of Detectives John Golden said
police would start a campaign to capture the fiend who Is endangering the
lives of citizens.
have received no report so far from the Public Service about the sniper’s
activities this morning.” Captain Golden
said,” but I will detail several plain clothes men immediately to run down
this half-wit and take him into custody before he kills somebody.”
Chief of Police Linderman. of Merchantvllle, said he would make an investigation into the shooting..
Camden Courier-Post - January 30, 1928
SNIPER' FIRES ON AUTO BY COP'S HOME
Camden Courier-Post - January 30, 1928
AUTO, SHOOTS STORE FRONT
'Phantom' Gunner Also Blamed for Smashed Auto Light at Woodbury
Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1928
GUNS AWAIT SNIPER IN
Mystery Marks 16th Effort as Victim Gives Fake Address
With orders to “shoot on sight” issued to suburban police in their search for South Jersey’s “phantom sniper”, that mysterious individual today had a “phantom victim”.
At the Haddon heights police station is a piece of
glass with the notation that it comes from the windshield of “Harry F.
Cheeseman of Magnolia.” That was the name given by the man who drove
up to the police station yesterday afternoon and gasped out a story of
having been fired upon by the “ghostly gunner” who, on 15 previous
occasions in the past three months has made targets of automobiles and
But today, after the man had departed, a search
failed to disclose any Harry Cheeseman who knew about the affair or, in
fact, any Cheeseman at all whether in Magnolia or elsewhere.
For one thing, according to Magnolia post office records, there is no Harry F. Cheeseman who lives on the White Horse pike at Magnolia Road.
“No sir,” was this Cheeseman’s reply. “I’ve
fallen into a well, been in a railroad wreck and gotten hit by an
automobile but nobody ever shot at me. My car wasn’t out of the garage
or myself out of the house yesterday. Here’s the car. You can see it
wasn’t hit by any bullet.”
There indeed was the cart and it hadn’t been hit.
is a Charles Cheeseman also in Magnolia, but he wasn’t the “phantom
victim”. In Stratford, there is a Frank Cheeseman and a Warren
Cheeseman but it wasn’t either of these two. The only Harry Cheeseman
discovered in the county, in fact, is Harry M. Cheeseman of 3053 River
Avenue, Camden, and he is not the “phantom victim,” doesn’t drive
his car and wasn’t anywhere near Haddon Heights yesterday.
the “phantom victim” may have been, he submitted, to Police Chief
John Lietenberger and Policeman John Shock, of Haddon heights, the
drilled section of his windshield as evidence that he had been fired
upon by the sniper.
The attack occurred, he said, on the White
Horse Pike within two blocks of Haddon Heights police headquarters. He
was driving north on the pike near Green Street, he said, when he saw
the glare of the headlights of an approaching car. As the car passed
him, he told police, he heard a cracking sound. A bullet had entered the
windshield an inch above his head and imbedded itself in the rear
upholstery. The bullet, of .22 caliber, flattened itself against the
metal inside the upholstery. It still bore the odor of powder, thus
leading police to believe it had been fired from a revolver or rifle
rather than a compressed air gun, the weapon suspected in some of the
other snipings. The “phantom victim” said he had heard no report
like that of a gun.
am satisfied this is no joke or prank of small boys.” Police Chief
Lietenberger said after some of his men examined the course of the
bullet. “There was terrific force behind that shot, and the only way
to effect the capture of this person is to shoot him on sight if he is
observed in the act”.
as the identity of the sixteenth victim of the “sniper” became lost,
however, that of the fifteenth became known.
When he learned that neither Oaklyn nor Collingswood police had secured his name after he had reported a “sniper” attack, Thursday night, Harry Paro of 1032 Linwood Avenue, Collingswood, walked into Collingswood police headquarters last night and declared that he was the man who was fired upon along the White Horse Pike near Cuthbert road.
Paro stated that he
was in a highly nervous state soon after the shooting and he hurried
away from the scene after the investigation got underway. He said he
offered his name to one policeman, whom he did not know, but that
individual declared the shooting was not in Collingswood territory.
Just where the
actual shooting took place is baffling local residents. Paro, who
narrowly missed being struck by the bullet that passed through the
windshield of his car, was accompanied by his wife and son. White Horse
Pike and Cuthbert Road is the dividing line between Oaklyn and Haddon
Township. A few feet away, the Audubon boundary line begins.
Probe Wounding of Three
Meanwhile, Camden detectives investigating new ang1es of the mystery
surrounding the wounding of three men who were placed under arrest “on
suspicion” yesterday when they told of having been shot by the
Convinced that John Henry, 19 years old, 319 Stevens Street, had been accidentally shot at the home of Louis Del Duca, 674 Fairview Street, police today released Del Duca and Frank Viguricco, of 414 Benson Street. Henry had told story of having been shot by the sniper while driving on the Black Horse Pike. He later admitted however that he had been handling a gun at Del Duca’s home and his tow companions corroborated the story. Detectives found the bullets on the floor in Del Duca’s home giving further corroboration to the story. Henry declared that be had told his weird tale of the “phantom sniper” because he did not wish the owner of the gun, who was not named, to know that he had had it.
George Zimmerman, of 2270 Mickle
Street, burned as though by an explosion, is still in the Cooper
Hospital under police guard, and officers also are holding John Connors,
of Fifth and Grant Streets,
who was similarly injured. Although the man declared they had been fired
upon by the ”sniper”, detectives frankly refused to accept this
story from the beginning. Hinting that they believed the men had been
injured in some sort of explosion, details of which they did not wish to
become known, the detectives sought to ascertain whether any safe
blowing or hijacking “jobs” had been attempted in this vicinity
Today the sleuths were divided between two theories, neither of which is
definite. It was indicated that one suspicion is that the men were
injured in an explosion at Zimmerman’s home while preparing a charge
of explosives. The other theory was furnished by an Audubon policeman
who, early yesterday heard three shots fired in the vicinity of the
Ringside Inn, on the Black Horse Pike, near Nicholson Road.
The Audubon policeman, Joseph Riegert, was “cutting across” on his way to Audubon police headquarters and was nearly a quarter of a mile away from the Ringside Inn when be heard three shots.
A lake and fields separated him from the source of the shots. He went on to headquarters and told his fellow policeman he thought “there’s been another shooting up at Ringside.”
Then Henry was brought to the West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital in Del Duca’s car with a .38 caliber bullet in his right leg. The story of a ‘‘phantom sniper” was told.
Then came Zimmerman and Connors into the Cooper Hospital and into the
hands of the police.
Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1928
POLICE INVITE BANDITS
Targets for Camden’s new desperado eliminators. Bandits, burglars,
snipers and their ilk are requested by Chief of Police James
E. Tatem to apply at police headquarters Monday morning at 10
o’clock, when a practice shooting party will be held.
Tatem said today Camden’s bandit-chasing squad is “just rarin’
to go” with six new automatic rifles guaranteed to shoot full of holes
the toughest bandit in less time than it takes to say “Aligoop.”
the further enlightenment of the bandit fraternity, Chief
Tatem announced detailed instructions on how to0 use the new
carbines will be given this afternoon at 3 o’clock to bandit chasing
police by Captain Arthur Colsey
and Herman Engle, a representative of Stein Brothers, this city.
The rifles arrived at police headquarters yesterday afternoon. They will be distributed in each of the city’s three police districts in the campaign to rid the city of desperadoes.
weapons can fire a magazine of 20 shots in a few seconds. They will be
mounted in the three red bandit chasing coupes used by the district
squad members. One of the coupes is now being used by Archie Reiss and Vernon
Jones in South Camden, while two others are expected to be delivered
within a few days, according to Chief of Police James
E. Tatem. They will be assigned to Walter Smith and Joseph
Carpani, First district detectives and Louis Schlam and Richard
Donnelly in the East Camden district.
attachments make it possible to fire the guns from a fixed point in an
automobile. Detached they may be fired from the shoulder. Besides firing a magazine of 20 shots without stopping, they can be
adjusted to single fire, using .45 caliber cartridges.
Instruction in the adjustment and use of the
weapons will be given today by a representative of the company that sold
them- at $175 each— to the city.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 6, 1928|
SNIPER' HITS MORE WINDSHIELDS;
AUDUBON IN TERROR
Car of Former C.H.S. Athlete is Struck by Missile on Cooper Street
DRIVER NEARLY SHOT ON CRESCENT ROAD
Siren Call Follows Mystery Firing in Suburb- Train's Phantom Found
February 7, 1928
|Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1928|
DUCKS DEATH SHOT
FROM GUN OF PHANTOM SNIPER
GLASS SMASHED, MISSILE FOUND IN FUHRMAN CAR
Screw Imbedded In Upholstery Believed Fired From Powerful Air Gun
HADDON & WALNUT IS SCENE OF ATTACK
|Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1928|
Jersey's "phantom sniper selected two prominent Camden County men
as his nineteenth and twentieth targets last night and this morning.
Above is the automobile in which Abe Fuhrman, jeweler, was riding
yesterday when the "sniper" fired upon the car. In the
foreground of the photo is shown Leon Fuhrman, son of the widely known
jeweler, holding the small nickel-plated screw which was the
"sniper's" missile on this occasion. At the right, above, is
William H. Turnbull, prominent broker, whose Collingswood home was fired
upon last night. Below is Mr. Fuhrman.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1928|
Search Proves Sniper 'Tip' Is Hoax
Watch Jasper St. House 4 Nights After Receiving Note- Detectives Flooded With Suggestions for Capture and Theories on "Ghost Bullets'
|Continued from Page 1|
February 10, 1928
|Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1928|
|Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1928|
25TH SHOT HITS TAXI
GLASS OF CAB SHATTERED BY GHOST BULLET
Police Following Slender Clue of Tan auto Seen in Two Attacks Yesterday
LATEST APPEARANCE AT FRONT & STATE
"Look Out!" Cries Passenger But No One Is seen, Expert Tells of Fast Air Gun
|Camden Courier-Post - February 13, 1928|
FRAMEUP BY 'REAL PHANTOM'
Police Letter Written by His Enemy, Downtown Youth Insists
NEW SHOTS HIT AUTO AND FIRE ALARM BOX
Courier Reporter Locates Most Sought By Police At Jasper Street Home
|John Golden - Samuel Johnson - Kaighn Avenue|
|Camden Courier-Post - February 14, 1928|
Air Rifle Terrorize School
PUPILS HUDDLE BENEATH DESKS FEARING SNIPER
BB Shot Cracks Window and Pandemonium Reigns After Second Pellet Hit
COP TALES AWAY RIFLE AND REPRIMANDS CHILD
County, City Police Divided On Sniper; Westmont has Scare
|John Golden - Harry Newton - George Ward -|
|Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1928|
|SNIPER FRIGHTENS 1ST GRADE PUPILS|
|Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1928|
Bertman - William Callahan
- William Rogers - Andrew Truman
Haddon Avenue - Newton Avenue -North 10th Street
The Ghost Sniper
|Camden Courier-Post - February 22, 1928|
SHOT HITS MARKET STREET WINDOW
Crashes Glass of Barber Shop at No. 210- Two Boys Escape Missile
Caputi - Paul Draper
The Ghost Sniper
Courier-Post - February 23, 1928
THE REIGN OF TERROR - AND THE SNIPER
Of this much we are sure-the Phantom Sniper, whose activities have attracted attention far beyond the boundaries of Camden cannot indefinitely go on, challenging the public, and escape the consequences of his illegal actions.
Twenty-five times he has hit his mark.
Are they shots from a gun with a mysterious kind of bullet which can penetrate glass and then disappear?
Do they come from a slingshot or an air-gun!
Time after time, the glass of a windshield or a window has been penetrated, has passed into a car or a room-and still, no one has been badly hurt or killed.
Here, there, arid everywhere, the Sniper bobs up.
Whether he is a madman or a frolicker remains to be seen.
Some say-we have heard it, principally from women- that it is only an advertising scheme, something to attract attention and produce preliminary attention.
So far, the one clue established is that the Ghostly Gunner seems to travel in a tan colored car.
The one outstanding fact is that if he is crazy he should be isolated, if he is a criminal he should be in a cell-and if the whole affair is an advertising scheme, it has caused so much terror in homes in Camden and its environs that no one can ever be expected to look with friendly eyes on those who would play such a trick.
Camden Courier-Post - February 23, 1928
AUTO OF ATCO FARMER
Reports of three more shootings credited to the phantom sniper bought the mysterious gunman's score close to the 50-mark today.
Louis Ware, who is known as the "Asparagus King of South Jersey," at midnight last night discovered a hole the size of a pencil in the rear window of his touring car when he reached the White Horse Pike, Atco, after driving over the Camden bridge from Philadelphia.
He told county detectives and taco police he had heard no gun report, had found no missile and did not know where, when, or how the shooting occurred.
Isaac Marks, 409 Market street Gloucester, reported to Police Chief Charles J. Van Meter, of that city today that someone had fired through he glass pane in a rear door of his home at 4:00 PM yesterday. Marks had left his 14-year old grandson, Robert R. Dwyer, alone in the house, he told police, and when he returned late in the evening the boy told him of hearing a crash of glass and finding a hole in the pane.
During an investigation Van Meter found a small b.b. shot inside the house.
At noon today the sniper fired a missile through the windshield of a P.RT. bus at Park Avenue and Dill Terrace, Pennsauken.
The missile struck the glass almost directly in front of Frank Hefferson, the operator. Hefferson stopped his bus and jumped out but failed to see who might have fired the shot. A search of the bus failed to produce any missile. The hole in the windshield was large enough to admit the passage of a marble. There were no passengers on the bus when the windshield was broken.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 24, 1928|
YOUTHS HELD AS 'SNIPERS' OF CAMDEN AUTOS
Police Declare Defendants Broke Windshields With Slingshots
WINDOW AT PITMAN SHATTERED BY SHOT
Phantom Escapes Posse After Exciting Chase Through Town
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