Dominick Oliveto

Dominick Oliveto - 1969-01-28

Dominick Oliveto, born on December 24, 1906, in New Jersey, was the child of Italian-born parents, Antonio and Maria Oliveto. It’s important to note that despite some accounts showing the spelling of the name as Olivetto, this is inaccurate. Dominick’s father, Antonio, had immigrated to America in 1901 from Muro Lucano, Italy. In 1905, he arranged for the arrival of his mother, two older brothers, William (Vito), Philip (Felice), and sisters Anna Maria and Catherine. Dominick came into the world the following year, and he was subsequently joined by siblings Rose, Angelina (Lena), Lucy, and Daniel.

Upon Antonio Oliveto’s arrival in America, he found work in the Pennsylvania Railroad freight yards, situated just south of the Market Street Ferry. The family’s residence was documented at 214 Taylor Avenue during the 1910 Census enumeration. By 1914, they had relocated to 510 Federal Street. From the time when the elder Oliveto sons registered for the draft in June of 1917, and at least until 1929, the family could be found residing at 422 Stevens Street.

The 1927 and 1929 Camden City Directories reveal that Dominick Oliveto resided at 422 Stevens Street with his parents and brothers. In 1927, he was employed as a shipper, likely at Campbell Soup. The 1929 directory indicated that he worked as a salesman for the Camden Electric Appliance & Radio Company, located at 449 South 5th Street, a business owned by John Girgenti, whose address was 323 Benson Street.

Come April 1930, Dominick Oliveto and his wife Mae were living at 4104 Westfield Avenue in Camden. According to Census records, he worked as a chauffeur for a private family. Notably, the census recorded his name as “Olivett.”

At some point, Dominick Oliveto became involved in the numbers game, likely around 1927 while still working as a shipper. In 1932, he faced arrest on gambling charges, resulting in a $100 fine. In 1937, he encountered legal trouble once more, this time on a larceny charge. Newspaper accounts suggest that he resided at 444 Royden Street in February 1933, which was in close proximity to the bar at 601 South 4th Street, owned by Giacinto Sciamanna and colloquially known as Sherman’s Cafe. This bar would later become a frequented spot for Marco Reginelli.

Marco Reginelli arrived in Camden sometime during the 1930s. By June of 1939, Reginelli had established a prominent position in Camden and South Jersey’s organized crime circles, with Dominick Oliveto as his trusted right-hand man. The 1940 Polk’s City Directory listed Reginelli residing at the Plaza Hotel, situated at 500 Cooper Street. At the time of the 1943 directory, he had acquired a home at 2403 Baird Boulevard and was still residing there in 1947.

In the 1947 Camden City directory, Dominick Oliveto was listed as Dominick Olivette, residing at 1151 Magnolia Avenue in Parkside. According to the directory, he was operating a garage at 517 Main Street in North Camden. The directory also mentioned his wife’s name as Rose.

Following World War II and until his passing in 1956, Marco Reginelli, whose expertise lay in gambling, essentially oversaw the Philadelphia family from his base in Camden, New Jersey, after being promoted to under-boss. While in control of the Philadelphia family, Reginelli elevated numerous gambling associates to mid-level management positions, including Angelo Bruno, a numbers specialist. Highly esteemed within Mafia circles, Marco Reginelli passed away from natural causes on May 26, 1956, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in what was then Delaware Township, present-day Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Following Reginelli’s death, with the consent of Philadelphia boss Joe Ida and Vito Genovese of New York, Dominick Oliveto assumed control of Reginelli’s operations, maintaining the organized crime activities he had established. Oliveto was among the many Mafiosi arrested at the Appalachin conference in upstate New York in November 1957, and he attended the meeting in association with Vito Genovese.

By December 1957, Dominick Oliveto was still residing at 1151 Magnolia Avenue when he was summoned to Trenton to provide testimony before a grand jury regarding the Appalachin conference. By this time, he was a father of three children.

With the aftermath of the Appalachin arrest and the ensuing scrutiny from local and federal authorities, Joseph Ida fled the country to Italy. Dominick Oliveto, facing similar attention, chose to step aside. Angelo Bruno would later take control of the Philadelphia and South Jersey mob.

Dominick Oliveto, who was last known to reside at 6401 Walton Avenue in Pennsauken, New Jersey, passed away on January 26, 1969. He was interred at Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

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