|Birth: ||May 29, 1908|
|Death: ||Nov. 3, 1954|
Man Charged With Death of Daughter
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Peter Bozzelli, 44-year-old father of eight children, has been charged with murder in the strangulation slaying of his oldest daughter, Gloria.
Det. Edwin Schriver of the homicide squad said Bozzelli last night admitted strangling his 24-year-old daughter with a nylon stocking in their home and dumping the body in a creek at an isolated spot in New Jersey.
The body, doubled up in a duffel bag, was found partly submerged in Iron Ore Creek, near Mays Landing, N.J., on April 24, by a passing motorist.
Schriver said Bozzelli broke down after eight hours of questioning. He said the slaying took place on the night of April 8, or the morning of April 9, the day Gloria was reported missing.
Police quoted Bozzelli as saying he and his daughter had been out together the night of the slaying and had quarreled violently upon their return home.
The argument, Bozzelli said, evolved around his accusation that Gloria had taken $600 of his savings. Police said Bozzelli, employed as a master mechanic for a Philadelphia firm, admitted striking his daughter repeatedly and then strangling her with one of her own stockings.
Schriver said Bozzelli told them he stuffed the body into the duffel bag, placed it in the trunk of his car and dumped it at the isolated New Jersey site.
The victim was buried Wednesday in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. The father and other members of the family, including a Marine son, Robert, 23, who had returned on leave from California, attended the rites.
~ Indiana Evening Gazette (PA), 1 May 1953
Convicted Killer Dies in Prison
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Convicted murderer Peter Bozzelli, who went on a hunger strike three weeks ago in Eastern Penitentiary, died Wednesday of broncho-pneumonia.
Dr. Nathan Blumberg, prison physician, set the cause of death, but said also yesterday that there was no doubt Bozzelli "became ill as a result of being weakened by lack of food. He just didn't want to eat anything and wouldn't listen to any argument by the prison staff, the priest or even his own brother."
Bozzelli, 44, was convicted of strangling his 24-year-old daughter Gloria, eldest of nine children in a motherless family, in April 1953. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
~ Indiana Evening Gazette (PA), Fri., 5 Nov 1954
1920 (Jan) US Census, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA:
Achille Bozzelli, 47, imm. 1900, b Italy, parents Italy, shoemaker - shoe factory.
Ernestina, wife, 39, imm. 1900, b Italy, parents Italy.
Luigi, son, 17, b PA, barber – barber shop.
Ida Bozzelli, 16, b PA.
Alfredo, son, 14, b PA.
Pietro, son, 12, b PA.
Armando, son, 10, b PA.
Giuseppe, son, 8, b PA.
Arturo, son, 2 2/12, b PA.
Achille Bozzelli (1877 - 1959)
Ernestina Martinelli Bozzelli (1881 - 1961)
Marie Leanne Rosalia Trudeau Bozzelli (1909 - 1951)*
Marie Gloria Lucile Bozzelli (1928 - 1953)*
Allen Lawrence Bozzelli (1933 - 1999)*
Nancy Anne Bozzelli (1939 - 1939)*
Luigi "Louis" Bozzelli (1902 - 1969)*
Ida Edith Bozzelli (1903 - 1999)*
Alfredo Bozzelli (1906 - 1921)*
Pietro Raymond Bozzelli (1908 - 1954)
Arthuro A. Bozzelli (1917 - 2000)*
Created by: Linda Applegate Brown
Record added: May 23, 2010
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Added: Jun. 14, 2011
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Pietro's "Peter's" family will never understand why these sad events happened; nevertheless, they must live with it and try to forgive. May Gloria rest in peace, With love,|
Added: May. 20, 2011
Linda Applegate Brown
Added: May. 23, 2010