Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Coeds Found Murdered

Coeds Found Murdered

AP Story


United Press International telephos

Elizabeth Perry Susan Davis

Coeds found murdered

-An autopsy report today disclosed that two pretty coeds whose bodies were found near the Garden State Parkway were victims of murder and died of stab wounds.

Dr. Edwin Albano, New Jersey's chief medical examiner, said both girls, daughters of businessmen, died of wounds inflicted with a small knife, possibly a pen or paring knife. The autopsy report did not reveal if either girl had been sexually assaulted.

Elizabeth Perry, Excelsior, Minn., died of chest round that penetrated her right lung. She also suffered wounds in the abdomen and the side of her neck.

Susan Davis, of Camp Hill, Pa., died of a wound in the neck that cut her larynx. Miss Davis also had wounds on the left side of her abdomen and the right side of her neck.

The coeds, both 19-year-old, had been vacationing in Ocean City. Miss Perry was the daughter of Ray Perry, a bag company executive from Excelsior.

Miss Davis was the daughter of soft drink bottler Wesley S. Davis of Camp Hill.

The body of Miss Davis was nude. Miss Perry was fully clothed.

The girls had been unaccounted for since Friday when they started out from Ocean City, a popular teen-age beach resort where they had been vacationing, for Miss Davis' Pennsylvania home.

A state trooper found their car abandoned by the parkway about noon Friday. A search of the area was begun after their parents reported them missing Sunday. A parkway maintenance man found the bodies Monday about 150 yards from where the car was parked.

The girls had been students together at Montecello Junior College in Godfrey, Ill. School officials said Miss Perry had completed her freshman year at the two-year all-girls' school and that Miss Davis had graduated. Miss Davis planned to enter Ithaca (N.Y.) College this September.

Rome News-Tribte - June 3, 1969


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Friday, May 22, 2009

1969 Garden State Parkway Murders Revisted

It was 40 years ago today that Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry, both 19 year old college students, packed their belongings from the Ocean City rooming house, drove across the causeway, ate their last breakfast at the Point Diner, and then drove onto the Garden State Parkway on their way home to Pennsylvania.

It was early in the morning, as they wanted to beat the Memorial Day weekend traffic.

Later in the day a New Jersey State Policeman, on his first patrol of the day, discovered their 1965 blue Chevrolet convertable on the side of the road, top down, and had it towed by Blazer's auto on Tilton Road.

Blazer put the car in his lot, and then went fishing for the weekend.

When the girls failed to return home, their parents notified the police, and then hired an airplane to search the roads they would have traveled, with no success.

By Tuesday morning, after the holiday was over, Blazer returned from his fishing trip, and saw the newspaper headlines about the missing girls, and the State Police realized that the car that was towed off the Parkway before the weekend was the missing car.

Searching the woods off the Parkway near where the car was found, just by the bridge over Patcong Creek, a Parkway employee Wood Faunce, discovered the bodies of the girls a few yards apart, stabbed to death.

The police set up a booth at the Point Diner, the last place they were seen alive, and solicited the public for information.

Following hundreds of leads, they came up empty, as the case was cold from the beginning.

Now, forty years later, people wonder what happened, what could have happened?

One major suspect, although not in the eyes of the police, serial murder Ted Bundy, was in the area at the time. Bundy had lived in Philadelphia, attended Temple University, and was driving a professor's car to California, using their credit card for gas.

Bundy says he went to New York city, went to the porn parlors at Times Square, and then drove down to Ocean City where he looked at all the girls on the 9th street beach. Davis and Perry were staying in a rooming house on 9th Street, a half block from the boardwalk, but wouldn't spend much time there. They went to the beach during the day and to Somers Point rock & roll bars at night.

Even though they were underage at the time, when the drinking age was 21, that was not a problem for beautiful college girls who dressed up and acted mature in those days.

After the bars closed at 2 am, they mingled with some new friends they had met, and then returned to their rooming house around 4 am where they packed their bags and headed across the Ocean City - Somers Point causeway to the Point Diner.

That's where they were last seen, and the autopsy showed that they ate breakfast about an hour before they were murdered.

There was one witness who says that they may have picked up a young man with his arm in a sling, who was hitch hiking. Others think they may have left with two young me who they had met earlier.

Bundy was considered a suspect by his prison psychologist who said, after Bundy was executed in Florida in 1989, that Bundy confessed to him of killing two victims at once, the first time he did it, and notified Atlantic City Prosecutor Jeffrey Blitz, who discounted the Bundy story.

The New Jersey State Police didn't want to consider Bundy a suspect either, because if it was his first crime, their mishandling of the towing of the victim's car and late start of the investigation would have made them somewhat responsible for the fifty or so other murders Bundy has been suspect of committing afterwards.

But now, forty years later, another possible scenario has emerged, and it seems, has yet to be properly investigated.


Original Point Diner


Original Point Diner, Somers Point Circle, New Jersey.

Moved in the fifties to another location, where it is beleived to be still in operation.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nace, Lisa & Michelle Mahoney

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Rosie, Katie & Boston Rick

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Juke Box at the Old Anchorage

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Jimmy Duffy in Anch Phone Booth

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Michelle Mahoney and Carney


Michelle Mahoney, wife of Anchorage owner Don Mahoney, when she was a waitress at Gregory's and a customer at Charlie Carney's bar at the Old Anchorage.
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Last Call at the Old Anch


Last Call at the Old Anch. James Dean bartender.
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Leo Kelly shooting pool


Leo Kelly shooting pool at the Old Anchorage with Boston Rick in background.
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Billy Boyd at the Old Anch


Billy Boyd at the Old Anchorage
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Scott MacRae and Buck Anchorage bartenders

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Levon Helm with Tony Marts T-Shirt

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Tony Marts Afterhours

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Boo Boo, Wolfman & Carney


Boo Boo Saylor, John "Wolfman" McGonigle and Charles Carney drawing a draught at the Old Anchorage Tavern (circa 1980).
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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Point Pub

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Tucker's/Fanucci's - here's a quick history.

It used to be the Point Tavern, a really terrific place where all the city's big wigs would eat lunch and dinner from the 30s-60s. As it fell into disrepair, a guy from Longport - Ernie bought it and kept the marina and sold the liquor license. The license was moved to the Somers Point Shoping Center and was run as a bar/restaurant by the family who owned the Duck Farm, and then by George Sutor for many years, but is now a take out liquor store.

Ernie, a mechanic by trade, ran the marina for decades and the building fell into disrepair.

In the 1990s, John Mayer, whose family owned Mayer's Marina at the base of Delaware Avenue, bought Ernie's marina and rebuilt the entire building, first class, and made it into a bed and breakfast restaurant. It has 8 rooms upstairs.

He needed a liquor license, and tried to open a private club for members only so he could sell them booze, but he failed and went bankrupt.

Dr. Ira Trocki (Mike Tyson's cut man in the ring), a plastic surgeon who buys threatened busineses, bailed him out, but Johnny Mayer ended up slipping out in the middle of the night in a van full of his antiques, and is now living in Florida.

He also skipped out on some wedding and banquet down payments that Trocki wouldn't honor.

Trocki also bought the old Tony Marts - Egos - Brownies nigth club - right at the foot of the Ocean City causeway, and moved the liquor license down the street to the Inn, which he sold to Tucker.

From South Philly, Tucker had a beautifull wife, also from South Philly, and ran a tight kitchen with great food and good prices. It was a real comfortable place to go, and they really took care of you like it was a private club. A group of us, led by Freddie Prinz and Dick Boccelli, used to eat dinner there all the time, sitting out along the windows by the bay.

When Freddie got married he had his reception there, and when he realized that Tucker had overbilled him, he cancelled the check and gave him another one with the correct amount. But that was a clue that Tucker was on his way out too.

Then comes Fanucci, a Vineland insurance guy who apparently never ran a restaurant before, and still can't.

I'm sure Trocki kept the mortgage and took the place back and is now looking for another sucker.

But the building is beautiful, the location is excellent, and it should be a really great bed & breakfast and fine, first class restaurant, if someone who knows how to run one will take it over and cash out Trocki.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Anchorage Today


The Anchorage Today
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The World Famous
Anchorage Tavern
EST 1888
823 Bay Avenue - Somers Point, New Jersey 08244 - (609) 926-1794

The Anchorage Tavern is the oldest, continuously operated business establishment in Somers Point. Built (circa) 1874, it was first known as the Trenton Hotel and catered to seasonal visitors, mainly bird gunners who took on the hunting of birds as a sport. The sheer numbers and variety of the avian species produced the eggs that gave Great Egg Bay its name.

Known as the Anchorage Hotel since 1888, Victorian era spindles once lined the porch, and at the turn of the century the ballroom was built as an addition. For a time the hotel catered to New York and Philadelphia society, when men dressed in tuxedos and women wore long gowns to dinner and strolled on the porch to enjoy the summer breeze.

In August, 1905, as can be seen in the newspaper clipping on the wall, Daniel Reagan, the proprietor at the time, advertised "cheerful rooms," for $8 and $10 a week, with "fish, boating and bathing" being the main attractions.

On a Sunday in 1910 the pastor of St. Augustine's Church took the ferry from Ocean City to Somers Point, walked down Bay Avenue and served the first public mass on the bar of the ballroom of the Anchorage Hotel. Charles Collins was the owner of record at the time.

The Anchorage was not always a saintly haven however. Prohibition rum runners used the same small inlets and side creeks that were used by Colonial smugglers and Revolutionary militia. The rum runners found Great Egg Bay a friendly port, and the Anchorage a popular tavern. At times the Anchorage was known to sport slot machines and its patrons were known to enjoy games of chance.

For a while the bar was owned by Judge Larry Brannigan, who was known as a local Judge Roy Bean and "the law east of Patcong Creek." Hannah Somers, a descendent of the town's founding family, was also a proprietor for many years. Her longtime bartender, John Coyle kept a parrot named Teddy, which picked up an atrocious vocabulary from the regulars at the bar.

After prohibition, the Anchorage was issued the fifth city license C-5. In 1938 the hotel was purchased by Lucille Cornaglia Thompson, who operated the bar until she sold it to her brother Andrew "Henry" Cornaglia in 1945. The Three Keys, who once performed before the Queen of England, were the house band for many years when the Anchorage was known for its fine Italian pasta and sauces, shuffleboard and jukebox.

With the death of Mr. Cornaglia in 1965, his son Andrew assumed the business and he attracted a new, younger clientele who made it a tradition to stop at the Anchorage before patronizing Tony Marts, Bay Shores and other Bay Avenue rock n' roll bars. The Anchorage became famous for serving seven beers for a dollar and the 7 for 1 T-shirts are now collector's items.

The Morris family acquired the Anchorage in 1993, restored the building and kept the nostalgia alive.

Don Mahoney, who used to work in the kitchen at Daniel's, purchased the Anchorage in 1999, and continues the legend.

The Anchorage continues to serve good food and drinks to a new generation of patrons as well as those who return to remember the good old days.

The Anchorage Tavern - A Jersey Shore tradition for over a century.

The Anchorage Tavern Sold

By Bill Kelly

The historic Anchorage Tavern, Somers Point's oldest continuously operated business, has been sold to chef Don Mahoney, who said that he plans no major changes, at least until the end of the summer. Settlement on the $2.3 million deal was set for yesterday. That number includes the transfer of the liquor license, which has already taken place.

Originally built as a hotel for bird gunners and baymen at the end of the last century, some date the building to 1880s, the Anchorage has kept its name over the years and has only changed hands through three families in the past half-century.

Victorian-era photographs show women in gowns and men in suits and ties relaxing on the ornately-trimmed porch during a time when life was lived at a slower pace.

Before St. Joseph's church was built, Catholic masses were held in the living room of a private home until 1910, when Father John F. Sweeney, pastor of St. Augustine's in Ocean City began taking the ferry boat to say Sunday mass in the ballroom of the Anchorage, where there was no shortage of wine for the services.

After Prohibition ended in 1933, the Anchorage was issued liquor license C-5, the fifth legal license and the only one that retains the original name. For a while the hotel and bar were operated by Judge Larry Brannigan, who was known as the local Judge Roy Bean and "The law east of Patcong Creek."

From Brannigan the Anchorage was passed on to Charles Collins, who sold it in 1938 to Lucille Cornaglia Thompson, who sold it to her brother Andrew Cornaglia in 1945. From South Philadelphia, Cornaglia and his wife Lucy (nee Corcione) made the place famous for good Italian food popular with families. "It was a running joke in the family that she could cook for 120, but not for four," said Andrew Cornaglia, Jr., who took over operations of the Anchorage when his father died in 1965.

Although he was only 20 at the time, and not legally old enough to drink, Andrew found himself suddenly responsible for operating the hotel, bar and restaurant. "When my father passed away, I didn't know vodka from gin, and if it wasn't for my mother, I would not have been able to sustain the first couple of years."

While Bay Shores and Tony Marts were famous for their live music, the Anchorage sported a piano that, legend has it, was played by the late, great Nat King Cole, although it was the Seven-for-One draft beers that made the place famous. The Anchorage didn't originate the idea of serving seven for one, but they made it popular and famous with a line of t-shirts that are collector's items today.

Pat Piriano, who worked there during the halcyon days, recalled that, "I was enthralled to be a 19 year old bartender at a place that was considered a legend to my generation. It was wall-to-wall people and lines to get in, with the fire marshall controlling the crowd at the door. There were 10 bartenders, nine bouncers and two glass pickers working most nights from 1978-1981. Then the drinking age went back to 21, but it took a few years for it to become a local bar again."

Tony Marts at Night

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Gateway Casino postcard

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Steel's Ship Bar

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Bay Shores Ad Pete Carroll

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Tony Marts Marque

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"Through these doors walk the most beautiful girls in the world."

Tony Marts Circa 1969

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Is that Pete with the white shirt and tie?

Tony Marts Stage

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Tony Marts Inside

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College Pennants line the ceiling: Villanova, LaSalle, Temple, Penn State, Maryland, Beaver College, Princeton, Georgetown,....

Many of them ended up back on the walls of my garage at 819 Wesley. - BK