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 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.
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