Lawrence “Larry” T. Doran was born in 1879 in New Jersey. He married his wife Catherine shortly after the turn of the century. After working as a Camden police officer and as a game warden, in August of 1910 he was hired as a detective by then Camden county prosecutor Henry S. Scovel. He then served under Charles A. Wolverton, who went on to become a 16 term Congressman from Camden.
At the time of the 1920 census he lived at 1115 Mechanic Street in Camden NJ. In 1925 he was named chief of detectives in the Camden county prosecutor’s office by prosecutor Ethan Wescott. He also served alongside noted such prosecutors as Samuel P. Orlando, Gene R. Mariano, and Mitchell Cohen, later a federal judge.
During his years with the prosecutors office, Larry Doran helped crack several famous cases, helping send killers Walter Dworecki and William John Stephan to New Jersey’s electric chair. He was involved with most every major investigation in Camden County for a quarter of a century.
Larry Doran retired in April of 1950 after serving four decades as a county detective, 25 of which as the chief of detectives. He was succeeded by Wilfred L. Dube.
Although he left school after the eighth grade, he was self-educated and well-read. In 1926, not yet 21 years old, he graduated from the New Jersey State Police Academy.
Nick Scarduzio was a Camden, NJ police officer who was, himself, subject to a number of law enforcement investigations. His brother was murdered in Bellmawr, NJ.
Mitchell Cohen was a prominent figure in Camden, New Jersey, with a long career as a lawyer and judge.
Charles Wolverton (1880-1969) was a New Jersey lawyer and politician who served 16 terms in Congress, chairing the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce.
Larry Doran helped crack several famous cases, helping send killers Walter Dworecki and William John Stephan to New Jersey’s electric chair. He was involved with most every major investigation in Camden County for a quarter of a century.
The Camden Chiselers Club was organized by Larry Doran, attorney Rocco Palese, and other members of Camden’s political and business community, making up a “Who’s Who” of Camden in the 1930’s.