Mitchell Cohen was a prominent figure in Camden, New Jersey, with a long career as a lawyer and judge. He was a Democrat aligned with George R. Brunner in the mid-1930s and was named Camden City Prosecutor in October 1936 when a New Jersey State Supreme Court decision gave control of City government to the Democrat party. By August 1938, he was made acting judge in Camden’s Police Court. Cohen also served as Camden County Prosecutor in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
The 1947 Camden City Directory listed Cohen as living at 413 Penn Street, which had been the home of three sisters, Frances Wilmerton, Mary Brown, and Margaret Thomson, who were long-time Camden schoolteachers.
In 1949, when Howard Unruh went on a shooting rampage in Camden that left 13 people dead, Cohen was serving as the Camden County Prosecutor and took Unruh’s statement, which remains sealed to this day. Also during Cohen’s tenure as County Prosecutor, long-time Camden County Chief of Detectives Larry Doran retired. Cohen rose to the post of Chief Justice of the Federal District Court in Camden, and the courthouse erected in the late 1990s bears his name.
Mitchell Cohen was a prominent figure in Camden, New Jersey, with a long career as a lawyer and judge.
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.
Post Offices in Camden were established in 1803 and the first was called Cooper"s Ferry Post Office, under which name it continued until 1829 when it was changed to Camden. The office was first located in the hotel at the foot of Cooper street.
Camden Courier-Post – May 16, 1950 Prosecutor Replaces DiMona; Anthony Lario Is Chosen Benjamin J. Dzick, city prosecutor since 1942, today was named municipal judge of Camdent [sic] by Director of Public Safety George Aaron, replacing Police Court Judge John R. DiMona. At the same time Aaron appointed Anthony M. Lario to the post of…
Camden Courier-Post – November 29, 1949 Capt. Gustav Koerner, youngest of six men holding that rank in the department, today was named Camden police chief.
Howard B. Unruh, a mild, soft-spoken veteran of many armored artillery battles in Italy, France, Austria, Belgium and Germany, killed twelve persons in East Camden this morning.