JOHN V. WILKIE was born on June 29, 1898. His father, William Wilkie, was born in Scotland and had worked as a merchant seaman.
On March 1, 1928 John V. Wilkie was appointed to the Camden Police Department along with the following men, Francis Guetherman, August Riehm, William Schriver, Edward Shapiro, Earl Wright, Edward Cahill, Marshall Thompson, Stanley Bobiak, Paul Edwards, Leon Feltz, George Getley, Joseph Lack, Thomas Stanton, Otto Toperzer, Walter Vecander and Frank Wilmot.
John V. Wilkie was known all through the city as Camden's "notebook cop". He was living at 1148 Haddon Avenue in 1936. The 1947 Camden City Directory shows that he had been promoted to Sergeant, and was living at 1144 Princess Avenue with his wife Theresa.
1953 saw great tragedy in the life of John V. Wilkie. His son John was killed in a crash in Japan in June. The marriage of John V. and Theresa "Tessie" Wilkie ended in divorce. By December of 1953, John V. Wilkie had gone out on sick leave from his job on the police force.
A third tragedy occurred in John V. Wilkie's life on Sunday morning, December 20, 1953. Son James Wilkie, only seventeen years old, took his own life, using his father's service revolver. John V. Wilkie, a devout Catholic, was determined to see his son receive full Catholic burial rites, so told authorities that he had shot his son during an argument and struggle for the weapon. This was quickly disproved by forensics personnel. James Wilkie was buried in a non-denominational Cemetery a few days later, and John V. Wilkie was cleared by the grand jury of any involvement in the affair. After spending ten days in the County Jail on the sixth floor of Camden's City Hall, John V. Wilkie was released on December 31, 1953.
John V. Wilkie later moved to 1063 Haddon Avenue in Camden, where he resided as late as late as 1970. He later moved to Blackwood NJ. John V. Wilkie passed away in May of 1976.
|Camden Courier-Post - April 3, 1928|
CAVE RAIDED BY
CITY'S NOTEBOOK COP
Author Patrolman Reads Thrilling Narrative of Capture
MAN AND 'VISITOR' FOUND ASLEEP
Third Prisoner Nabbed by Second Policeman; All Get Jail
Bertman - Joseph
Ward - John
9th Street - Mickle Street - Spruce Street
|Camden Courier-Post * March 25, 1930|
August 14, 1931
Courier-Post * October 14, 1931
CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED
OFFICER John V. Wilkie forwards this one to us. He says that his curiosity was aroused by a man who walks along the curb on the east side of Admiral Wilson Boulevard, going south, every morning and some time later, can be seen walking north on the west side.
Wilkie questioned him one morning, asking him if he was a motor vehicle inspector. The man replied he wasn't. Upon further questioning, it developed that every morning he starts at Penn and Linden streets, goes as far as the circle at White Horse Pike and Crescent Boulevard and returns to his starting point.
"I find nickels and dimes," he continued. "Sometimes I find quarters lying in the gutters. The highest I ever found was a $5 bill. But I find something every morning."
It may or it may not please you who work hard and lose that money, to learn that this gentleman has not worked for three years!
|Camden Courier-Post * October 21, 1931|
WILKIE THREATENED BY EIGHT MEN IN AUTO
for a maroon-colored touring car believed by John
V. Wilkie, Camden's
car containing the eight men, three in the front and five in the rear,
on out and fight; you ____” the
stranger shouted. Wilkie
said he placed
Wilkie said he reported to police headquarters and that Major Charles V. Dickinson, deputy director of public safety, and Motorcycle Police Sergeant Jeff Kay and Policeman Nathan Wine searched and waited for hours for the return of the mysterious car without avail.
Courier-Post * October 23, 1931
from CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED
OFFICER John V. Wilkie, known as the notebook cop, laid his blackjack and handcuffs on a shelf in his traffic booth at Baird and Admiral Wilson boulevards the other day. He forgot about it, and later began to wonder what had happened to them.
He searched the booth but could not find the "yools." So he went to Mt. Ephraim, to his home, to a chapel and several other places where he had been, but could not find them.
The following day an automobile broke down on the boulevard. The driver went to the booth and asked Wilkie if he could use the telephone to call a garage. He did not know the number, so he asked for the telephone book
Wilkie reached up on the shelf over his head, grabbed the book and took it down. The handcuffs and blackjack came down with it, the cuffs hitting him in the head and cutting it open.
Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1932
Scott Cherchesky - John
V. Wilkie -
Humes - Camden
Francis Murtha - Stanley Sover - Adolph Powdermaker - Camden High School
|Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1933|
Laying aside his famous note book In which he has recorded details In many a crime puzzle, Patrolman John V. Wilkie, well-known Camden blue coat, has turned to the "Hi-Ho" puzzle for diversion. Wilkie admitted he had faced many baffling problems "In line of duty" and that the "HI-Ho" Letter puzzle gave him plenty of trouble. But he finally mastered the puzzle, as photo shows. The "Hi-Ho" puzzles, which are claiming the attention of thousands In South Jersey, are featured in the Courier-Post Newspapers, a new puzzle being printed each day.
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|Camden Courier-Post - August 10, 1933|
DENIES CHARGE BROUGHT BY GIRL
Roy R. Stewart yesterday opened
a secret hearing on charges
brought against Patrolman John V.
Wilkie, Camden's "notebook cop," by Miss Tessie Iusiak, 19,
Street near Mt. Ephraim Avenue.
nature of the charges was not revealed, but it was said Wilkie made an
emphatic denial of the accusation.
hearing continued all day in the mayor's office and will be resumed at
9:00 AM today,
Mayor Stewart said no report on the matter will he made until after the hearing is concluded.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 11, 1933|
ON WILKIE RESERVED BY MAYOR
Decision on charges preferred against Patrolman John V. Wilkie by a 19-year-old South Camden girl was held under advisement yesterday by Mayor Roy R. Stewart at the conclusion of a hearing which lasted a day and a half.
Complainant in tire case is Miss Tessie Iusiak, of Mechanic Street near Mt. Ephraim avenue. Miss Iusiak was escorted to the hearing both days by police officials who taxied her from her home to city hall.
The nature of the charges was not revealed by the mayor, Wilkie made denial of the charge, it was reported. The hearing, which was held behind closed doors, started Wednesday
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|Camden Courier-Post - August 12, 1933|
TO ANSWER GIRL’S CHARGE TODAY
Miss Iusiak yesterday signed a complaint before Police Judge Garfield Pancoast charging Wilkie with being the father of her unborn child.
Judge Pancoast refused to, issue a warrant for Wilkie, explaining he would allow him the courtesy of appearing voluntarily because he is a policeman.
To Postpone Case
No hearing will be held today, the police court judge explaining he will postpone the case until after the child has been born, which is the customary practice in such cases.
When she appeared before Pancoast with a written complaint. Miss Iusiak admitted she did not understand everything in it.
It was on Miss Iusiak's accusation that Mayor Roy R. Stewart conducted a secret hearing all day Wednesday.
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|Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933|
COP ON LEDGE THRILLS HUNDREDS DRAWN BY FALSE BURGLAR ALARM
Several hundred persons, attracted by the loud ringing of a burglar alarm at the King jewelry store, 4 Broadway, watched Patrolman John V. Wilkie last night as he climbed over the roof of the building and across a narrow ledge to an open second story window to investigate the alarm.
Failing to find anyone, Wilkie climbed back, over the ledge to the roof after finding himself locked in the building.
A score of police detectives and motorcycle patrolmen answered the alarm. William Schoeffling, manager of the jewelry concern, was notified of the "false alarm."
WATCH AUTO, THIEF GETS ANOTHER
After abandoning a four-night vigil, kept in the hope that thieves would return for a stolen automobile left in the Cooper hospital parking lot, the police have learned that another car was stolen from the same place.
The first car, owned by G. R. Wood, of 208 West Holly avenue, Pitman, was stolen Oct. 16. Last Tuesday, Wood was in Camden and noticed his car parked in the hospital yard.
He communicated with Pitman police. Chief Lloyd came to Camden and joined with Detective Stanley Wirtz, Acting Detective John Wilkie and other detectives who took turns watching the car, ready to pounce upon the thieves from places of concealment around the hospital if they came back.
By Saturday evening, however, when no one showed up, they gave up the watch and Wood drove the car home. Over the license plates of his car, the thieves had placed tags stolen from S. Earl Rue, of 914 State street, Camden.
At 11.45 p. m. Saturday, only a few hours after the policemen had left the yard, Mrs. Vera B. Carter, of Cook Lane, Bridgeton, discovered her car had been stolen from the yard while she was visiting an ill friend.
Because of the duplicate license plates, police believed the theft of Wood's car, and possibly that of Mrs. Carter's, was the work of bandits, rather than ordinary car thieves.
|Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935|
Fine or Jail Term Ordered To Make
Bootleg Buyer Talk
Unless they tell where they bought it, drinkers of bootleg liquor arrested by Camden police henceforth will receive the full penalty of $200 fine or 90 days in jail, Police Judge Lewis Liberman decided yesterday.
The new policy of getting to the bootleg seller through the bootleg drinker was announced by Judge Liberman when he imposed maximum sentences on two men arrested by Acting Detective John V. Wilkie at Eighth and Cooper streets last night.
Barrett refused to tell Wilkie where he brought it, so in a pre-hearing conference with Judge Liberman and Court Clerk Edward Smith, it was decided to give Waite and Barrett, originally arrested as just drunk and disorderly, a trial on the more serious charge of possessing illicit liquor. If Barrett gets a change of heart and names the seller, his sentence later will be suspended, said the judge.
"This is a fine idea to make the purchasers of illegal whiskey tell where they got the stuff," said the judge. "There will be mighty few willing to pay $200 or spend three months in jail rather than tell on a speakeasy.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1936|
SOUGHT BY COPS; FOUND BY WILKIE
former U. S. marine who spent a week
in the basement of city hall helping veterans make out their bonus
applications while police searched throughout the city for him, was
arrested by Acting Detective John V. Wilkie Saturday night.
W. Eddington, 26, who said he has no home, was held without bail for the
grand jury by Police Judge Lewis Liberman on two charges of larceny. A
warrant for his arrest was issued on complaint of Joseph Cohen, of 1406 Broadway, three weeks ago, after Cohen told police he stole electric wire
and tools valued at $54.75.
The warrant was given to Wilkie and he immediately began a search for Eddington. He visited several former homes and a number of tap-rooms where Eddington was known to spend some of his time, but he evaded arrest each time.
Saturday night Wilkie was approached by Harry Taylor, of 567 Mickle
Street, a retired U. S. Navy machinist, who told the officer that a
man named Eddington had stolen a suit of clothes and some other wearing
apparel from his room. He said Eddington occupied an adjoining room.
I've been looking for that fellow for nearly two weeks," Wilkie said.
"Where is he now?"
don't know where he is now, but all last week he was in the basement of
city hall from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. helping veterans make out their bonus
said. "You might try the Naval Veterans' clubrooms at 304 State
Street." Wilkie explained he works from 7 p. m. to 3 a. m. Wilkie
immediately went to the State Street address, and while he stayed in the
car, Taylor went inside.
he was in the place, Eddington came along accompanied by a woman and went
in. Taylor brought him out under the pretext of taking him to a tap-room.
When he reached the pavement he shouted to Wilkie, "Here's your
Wilkie then took Eddington to city hall and in the basement where the applications were made out he found Eddington's personal belongings. Several of the articles of clothing were identified by Taylor.In court he pleaded guilty to both charges and said he sold the suit in Philadelphia.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1936|
TWO WOMEN EXILED BY LIBERMAN ORDER
Dorothy Mendenhall, 24, and Miss Peggy Schultz, 24, both of whom gave
addresses of 523 Penn Street, were arrested by Wilkie
Saturday night after
he received a complaint from a boarding house proprietor at the Penn
men also were arrested as a result of the investigation made by Wilkie.
were released with a warning while the third was fined $10.
testified he went to the address in response to a radio call and was told
by Mrs. Harry Barton, the proprietor, that Miss Mendenhall and Leonard
Angelastro, 28, of 258 Pine
Street, created a disturbance when she ordered
them to move. The Schultz woman went to live in the room with Miss
Mendenhall Wednesday, Wilkie said.
Wilkie testified both girls had been arrested before. Judge Liberman said if they were found in Camden again they would be given six months. Both girls denied that Angelastro lived at the room they occupied. Angelastro was fined $10.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1936|
Embraced and Bitten
Woman 'Cutting Up Capers'
to women should be a part of the code of ethics of every police officer,
with certain limitations according to Acting Detective John V. Wilkie,
Camden's notebook sleuth.
they get unruly, and allowances
can be made for their conduct, Wilkie
believes, but when they start biting the hand that tries to guide them
out of trouble then it's time to take action.
action it was when
encountered Johanna Hyde, 40, of 1607 Diamond street, Philadelphia, last
at the spot, Wilkie
observed the woman clinging to a porch rail in front of a Cooper
home. When he questioned the woman, the detective said, she embraced him
and imbedded her teeth in one of his fingers. At police headquarters she
was charged as drunk and disorderly.
A charge of mayhem also was entered on the docket. She will be arraigned before Police Judge Lewis Liberman today.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1936|
WOMAN FOUND HURT IN FALL
severely injured woman, who was found lying in snow near railroad tracks
at Front and Division streets early yesterday, was identified last night
as Ida Bernardi, 31. She mumbled the word automobile when she was found
and after regaining consciousness at Cooper Hospital she mentioned the
name of Samuel Alersi, 215 Federal
Street, a friend. Police
first thought she had been struck by a train as she was suffering from a
compound fracture of the leg among other injuries.
Sergeant Joseph Carpani, Acting Detective John V. Wilkie and Detective
Robert Ashenfelter questioned Alersi, who said the woman fell on the ice
and he had to walk to Second Street and Kaighn Avenue to get a telephone
to call police. He declared the woman had been removed to the hospital by
police before he could return to the scene.
said an examination of the scene revealed that her foot had become wedged
between a gas pump and a high curbing, causing a fracture of the leg as
|Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936|
FORMER BONDSMAN HELD PROBE OF LARCENY
Morris, 27, former professional bondsman, and sportsman, was under arrest
last night on suspicion of breaking and entering and larceny.
was arrested by Detective John V. Wilkie on complaint of Mrs. Sarah
Kilderry, of 32 Market street.
Kilderry is owner ot the Lenox Apartments, 22 Market street, which were
rented by Morris. Because rent payments were alleged to be in default, the
owner placed a lock on the door of the building.
allegedly forced entrance to the building and removed furniture owned by
Mrs. Kilderry. He is being held pending further investigation. Morris gave
an address of 562 Carman Street.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 27, 1936|
Stars in Role of 'Mountie' on Trail of 2 Missing Girls
Members of the Northwest Mounted Police have nothing on Acting Detective John V. Wilkie.
he wants a man he gets him, just like the Canadian boys.
night he got four of them In investigating the disappearance of two Woodrow
Wilson High School girl students. He also located the girls.
are held at police headquarters pending further investigation by
Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando.
Man Not Involved
men seized are: Peter Henley, 25, of Sicklerville; his half-brother,
William Meddings, 18; Harry Ryan, 19, of 611
Street, and Harry Wood,
23, of 4003 Myrtle street.
police said, is not involved in any charge that may be filed but is held
as a material witness.
parents of the two girls reported them missing early Tuesday after they
failed to return from an automobile ride with Henley. None of the parents
knew Henley's address.
didn't bother Wilkie, who with Patrolman Henry Leutz, was assigned to
investigate disappearance of the girls.
Wilkie learned, he didn't say how, that Henley once lived in Camden. That was all he wanted to know. If Henley had lived here, Wilkie figured, someone knew where he lived now.
Hours of Quizzing
took hours of incessant questioning, moving from here to there and back
again, but eventually Wilkie got the information he wanted through Wood.
Wood not only knew where Henley lived but would show Wilkie the way. The way led to a bungalow near Sicklerville and when Camden's famous "note book cop" reached there, Henley and the two girls, along with Ryan and Meddings were getting ready for a chicken dinner.
let them eat their dinner and then brought them all back to Camden.
girls told Wilkie they went to Henley's house of their own accord and
denied they were held their against their will. They said it was all
"just a lark."
Haley, father of Eleanor, and Mrs. Edna Snuffin, mother of Lorraine,
however, refused to dismiss the matter as being so insignificant.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 29, 1936|
Wilkie Scents Plot to Release Prisoners as Two Tires Go Flat
doesn't mind getting a flat tire.
when two tires on a brand new car go flat within a block of each other Wilkie
goes to work.
when the notebook cop is transporting three prisoners in his radio car.
the tires were deliberately cut by friends of the men under arrest who
meant to follow Wilkie's
car and effect the escape of the men when he stopped, or whether the tires
went flat accidentally is something which Wilkie means to ascertain.
tires blew out on the White Horse Pike between Kings Highway and Station
Avenue, Audubon, while Wilkie
was taking tour prisoners
and two other men to the Berlin barracks of the state police.
men in his car were: Peter Hanley, 25, and William Meddings, 18,
both of Sicklerville; Harry
Ryan, 19, of
Street, and Harry Wood, 23, of Myrtle avenue, Pennsauken; Edward Haley and
John Snuftin. Hanley, Meddings and Ryan were
being taken to Berlin to answer charges of contributing to the delinquency
of minors; Wood was a material witness, and the others were fathers of two
girls who caused the arrest.
are students at the Woodrow
Wilson High School
and were found by Wilkie Wednesday night in the company of the four men in
a bungalow at Sicklerville. Wilkie made the arrest during an investigation
of the girls' disappearance,
reached Station Avenue and found his tires were losing air he notified
Policeman John B. Shaw, of Haddon Heights, that he had the prisoners in
his car and asked him to get help. Shaw summoned Mayor William J.
Dallas and Police Inspector
Burton M. Rodgers, who stayed by the car until a mechanic arrived from
Camden to repair the tires,
prisoners and witnesses were transferred
to a car operated by Corporal George Small, of the Berlin state police
barracks, who aided Wilkie
in his investigation.
Detective Henry Lutz, operating another car with the two girls and Mrs.
Snuffin as passengers, drove to Berlin unaware Wilkie's
car had been disabled.
tires on my radio car were all right when I had the car in front of police
headquarters this morning,"
said. The mechanic
told me that they were cut on the sides and while the car was standing
still would not lose air, but as Soon as it was moved the tubes would be
think friends of these men may have cut the tires with the intention of
taking them away from me when I stopped to fix the tires. The men face
seven to 10 years in jail.
the tires were fixed, Wilkie
took the men to Berlin where Meddings, Ryan and Hanley were held without
bail for the grand jury by Justice of Peace Milton D. Schweizer. Wood was
promised an immediate investigation and thanked the Haddon Heights mayor
and policeman for assisting the Camden officer.
|Kansas City Journal-Post - July 1, 1936|
|Policeman and Strike Sympathizer Put on 'Bout'||
After serious rioting in Camden, N.J. in which half a dozen persons were injured, police guards were increased at the Victor plant of the RCA manufacturing company. This picture made as a policeman and a strike sympathizer came to grips.
Labor trouble continued at the Victor plant, culminating in another small riot at the Victor plant on July 7th. John V. Wilkie, who is depicted at left, was charged with assaulting a strike sympathizer.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 1, 1936|
CONTINUES APARTMENT DRIVE
Seeks Operator of North Camden House After Raid by Tenant's Wife
Camden Courier-Post - August 4, 1936
|Camden Courier-Post - August 6, 1936|
Father Finds Kin Was Notebook Cop
Son Emulated in 'Notebook' Visit to Scotland
BUILDING TRADES HELD BOOMING
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August 8, 1936
|Camden Courier-Post - August 12, 1936|
Camden Courier-Post - August 19, 1936
Camden 'Gang' Linked With Avena Murder
Victim Staked 'Game' Raided by Cops, Wilkie Says
SLAYING TERMED FIGHT FOR POWER
Camden Courier-Post - October 10, 1936
STOP KICKIN' JOHN WILKIE AROUND
Police Judge Slaps $10 Fine on Woman to Discourage Practice
Camden Courier-Post - October 17, 1936
SUSPENDED IN CRIME LIST CASE
Judge Lewis Liberman yesterday found Anthony Mentine, 23, of 316
Street, guilty of failing to list himself with the criminal registration
bureau but suspended sentence.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1938|
|Camden Courier-Post - February 15, 1938|
|Camden Courier-Post - February 16, 1938|
|Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1938|
V. Wilkie - Dr. Claude B.
Phillips - Nora Williamson
Frank C. Lingo - Francis Croman - R. Cooper Brown - North Front Street
Courier-Post - November 21, 1947
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Cafe - Angelino
Martelli - Lansdowne
Avenue - Mary
Charles Beyer - Dominic Maione - Stella Briggs - South 5th Street
South 8th Street - Gustav Koerner - John Trout - Milton E. Cahill
William Schultz - Joseph J. Lesniewski - William Szymborski - Louis Street
Mount Vernon Street - James Caputi - William Prucella - John V. Wilkie
Joseph Gimello - Washington Street
November 29, 1949
Gettysburg PA Times - December 23, 1953
|Detective Is Held For Shooting Son|
NJ (AP)- A Camden city detective, Sgt. John V. Wilkie, is being held on
a manslaughter charge in the shooting of his 17 year-old son.
My Grandmother lived at 1141 Princess Avenue while Mr. and Mrs. Wilkie lived at 1144 Princess, right across the street. I grew up at 1157 Princess and while Mr. Wilkie was as nice as a man could be, we were surely at our best behavior when he was home. A "no nonsense" type of guy.
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