Detective William T. Feitz was born in 1903 to William and Pauline Anne Feitz in New Jersey. At the time of the 1920 Census, the Feitz family lived at 1125 Liberty Street. William T. Feitz worked as an apprentice machinist in 1919 and 1920, while his father worked as a machinist in one of Camden’s shipyards.
William T. Feitz got married during the 1920s but by April of 1930, the marriage had ended, and he had returned to his parents’ house. He joined the Camden Police Department on March 1, 1928, and was promoted to detective, along with Joseph H. Leonhart, after being cited for bravery for breaking up a grocery store robbery at Locust Street and Kaighn Avenue and arresting three suspects.
On Sunday, September 2, 1934, Detective Feitz was investigating suspicious behavior on the part of three men who had entered a home at 243 Sycamore Street when he was gunned down from behind. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at West Jersey Hospital. He was survived by his widowed mother, ex-wife, and children.
After an intense investigation, many underworld characters, including Mickey Blair and Felix Bocchicchio, were questioned. Finally, an arrest was made. Charles Zied, an associate of the notorious Mais-Leganza gang, was arrested in Philadelphia, tried, and convicted of the murder of Detective Feitz. Zied was executed in New Jersey’s electric chair on June 2, 1936.
Detective Feitz was investigating three men who had entered a home at 243 Sycamore Street when he was gunned down from behind. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at West Jersey Hospital.
Along with his brother Fred Klosterman, Joseph became heavily involved in the illegal lottery, or “numbers” racket, in Whitman Park and South Camden in the 1930s and 1940s. The Klosterman brothers were very active in Camden in the early 1930s.
Politically active, Arthur Colsey served on City Council from the Second Ward from 1907 to 1911, as well as serving in the Camden Police Dept, eventually serving as Chief.
Also known as “Man ‘o War,” Felix Bocchicchio left a lasting imprint on boxing history as the manager of Jersey Joe Walcott while also drawing significant attention from law enforcement.
Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando today dropped all other duties and took personal charge of the drive to rid Camden city and county of vice.
Seven men and women held by Camden as police as material witnesses in the murder of Detective William T. Feitz two weeks ago in an alleged South Camden disorderly house will look over two men arrested in Chester PA after a store holdup here.