jeff

Kingston, PA

#23 Mar 8, 2013
Sorry--I lived at 46 peach field lane. David lived 2 houses away. Tom Wolfe moved the family away right away. It was such a shock. Like Doreen, the police came to my house and wanted to know where he might have gone. Unreal.
Scott

Newtown, PA

#24 Mar 24, 2013
Peter Singer wrote:
The bomb blast took place in Garfield North. Apparently, a mom and young boy were investigating a package left in front of their garage. Blast blew the boy's head across the street. A baby in the house survived.
I remember the blast. I was sitting in class in Memorial Jr High and felt it then all of us walking home saw what happened . It was just a terrible seen.
chris coghlan

San Francisco, CA

#25 Apr 2, 2013
He was a year behind me on the next street over. I was in 4th grade and we were bussed to Summerset that year. the police stopped our school bus and brought his picture around and asked us if any of us knew him. We watched them drag Mill Creek for his body and we walked with the National Guard across the giants field that is now Rittenhouse Park. I remember hearing about him being found dead when we were at the carnival. That was almost 50 years ago now.
mike

Newark, NJ

#26 Jun 29, 2013
The day the bomb went off in Willingboro killing the mother and son, I had just returned from a class field trip to Longwood Gardens. I believe Sam Nassif's AP Biology class at Levitt Junior High School.

I remember the photograph which appeared in the Burlington County Times showed what were apparently hundreds of pieces of paper or material covering body parts and tissue fragments all over the front yard of the house.

I recall that the husband was a chemist with the State of New Jersey.
mike

Newark, NJ

#27 Jun 29, 2013
Regarding the kidnapping of David Wulff, those of us who walked to Pennypacker Elementary School in the early 1960s will remember our fellow students who were posted at intersections as 'safeties.' The safety program at Pennypacker School was headed by fifth grade teacher Richard Serfling.

Safeties wore a white belt which went around their mid section and diagonal from the belt over one shoulder. They also were given a silver badge. These safeties were in turn supervised by more senior safeties who wore yellow belts.

These safeties were suppose to regulate when students crossed the street and keep students off the grass (neutral grounds and people's front lawns), stop fights and report offenders. It was like a little gestapo squad.

At that age and time, the worst thing that could happen to you was a safety would write down your name and give it to Sergling. That's what we feared.

The safeties were also limited as to where they stood and were posted. The path which David Wulff would have taken to get to school each day was to walk down to Pennypacker Drive and turn right down Pinetree Lane. The first safety anyone walking that route would have encountered would have been at the intersection of Pennypacker Drive and Pinetree Lane. There were safeties posted then at every intersection between Pennypacker Drive and the school.

If the saftey system was in effect at the time David was kidnapped, it would have most happened somewhere between the intersection of Pennypacker Drive and Pinetree Lane and his home just a few blocks away.

Thinking back on it, its nothing short of bizzare and recklessesly irresponsible for the Willingboro Board of Education to have had literally thousands of minors walking to and from school unsupervised by a responsible adult.

I recently read the minutes from the Willingboro Board of Education meetings back in the year 1963. They discussed at length which students qualified gor and got bus transportation and the degree of specificity typed out for each individual bus as to the precise route they were to take between each stop.

Then there is unavoidable responsibility of parents. If you are going to have kids, you have a responsibility for their safety, both while in your presence, in route to, from and while in school.

Where were the parents in the 1960s?

In response to the late 60s and early to mid 70s, parents pulled their kids out of the public schools and sent them to parochial schools. I was one who was fortunate to have persuaded my parents to extricate me from the Willingboro public schools in September 73. I was sick of the race riots. Levitt Junior High became a zoo. The kids acted like criminals. I was lucky my parents cared about me and my education enough to send me to Holy Cross. Wow what a culture shock that was. 45 in a class, but total civility and an environment conducive to learning.
David Coceano

Kansas City, MO

#28 Feb 18, 2014
Yes I was a young boy at the time in Hawthorne. I remember that well. But all I remember is about what you wrote. The fact we shared the same name is probably why I remember. I actually did a search on this and came to your site. But I often think of that boy
Debby

Hammonton, NJ

#29 Apr 22, 2014
I was just searching for the story about David Wulfe as my MIL just told me they didn't have serial killers in the old days, and I said there were, there just wasn't the major news coverage there is now. I said there was one when I was a kid at Pennypacker Elementary School. In 1964 I was 7, so I remember that whole episode like it was yesterday, since my Mom told me everytime I was late that I was going to end up like David Wulfe if I wasn't careful. So even though I wasn't allowed to play near Mill Creek, I wasn't about to be left alone while my friends went to play there. My parents told me that Mill Creek had quick sand lol. It wasn't a deterent.

It wasn't Twin Hills where the house blew up with the mother and child, it was Garfield North on Normandy Lane. I had nightmares about that, as what if the device was left in the driveway at the wrong house?
Mark from Willingboro

Woodbury, NJ

#30 Jun 16, 2014
I was born in Willingboro in 1963 (then called Levittown). Everyone knew the story of David Wolf. I lived two streets over from Potter Lane where he lived. My parents told me that the NJ Nat'l Guard were deployed in the woods in Pennypacker to search for him. At that time, many of the fathers in Willingboro were ex-WWII and Korean War vets (including my dad) and joined in the search as volunteers. Wolf was later found dead in North Carolina.

A lot of parents used this incident as "boogeyman" to keep us kids from playing in the woods or near the creek alone.
Mark from Willingboro

Woodbury, NJ

#31 Jun 16, 2014
mike wrote:
Regarding the kidnapping of David Wulff, those of us who walked to Pennypacker Elementary School in the early 1960s will remember our fellow students who were posted at intersections as 'safeties.' The safety program at Pennypacker School was headed by fifth grade teacher Richard Serfling.
Safeties wore a white belt which went around their mid section and diagonal from the belt over one shoulder. They also were given a silver badge. These safeties were in turn supervised by more senior safeties who wore yellow belts.
These safeties were suppose to regulate when students crossed the street and keep students off the grass (neutral grounds and people's front lawns), stop fights and report offenders. It was like a little gestapo squad.
At that age and time, the worst thing that could happen to you was a safety would write down your name and give it to Sergling. That's what we feared.
The safeties were also limited as to where they stood and were posted. The path which David Wulff would have taken to get to school each day was to walk down to Pennypacker Drive and turn right down Pinetree Lane. The first safety anyone walking that route would have encountered would have been at the intersection of Pennypacker Drive and Pinetree Lane. There were safeties posted then at every intersection between Pennypacker Drive and the school.
If the saftey system was in effect at the time David was kidnapped, it would have most happened somewhere between the intersection of Pennypacker Drive and Pinetree Lane and his home just a few blocks away.
Thinking back on it, its nothing short of bizzare and recklessesly irresponsible for the Willingboro Board of Education to have had literally thousands of minors walking to and from school unsupervised by a responsible adult.
I recently read the minutes from the Willingboro Board of Education meetings back in the year 1963. They discussed at length which students qualified gor and got bus transportation and the degree of specificity typed out for each individual bus as to the precise route they were to take between each stop.
Then there is unavoidable responsibility of parents. If you are going to have kids, you have a responsibility for their safety, both while in your presence, in route to, from and while in school.
Where were the parents in the 1960s?
In response to the late 60s and early to mid 70s, parents pulled their kids out of the public schools and sent them to parochial schools. I was one who was fortunate to have persuaded my parents to extricate me from the Willingboro public schools in September 73. I was sick of the race riots. Levitt Junior High became a zoo. The kids acted like criminals. I was lucky my parents cared about me and my education enough to send me to Holy Cross. Wow what a culture shock that was. 45 in a class, but total civility and an environment conducive to learning.
I remember the race riots in Willingboro in the 70's and 80's. My parents pulled me out of Corpus Christi after 7th grade because they could no longer afford the tuition I went to Levitt for 8th grade until it closed. Then the thee nightmare began when I had to go to Memorial for 9th grade. We had no bus transportation and for those of you who know the town, walking from Pennypacker to Memorial was a LONG haul with books (and a guitar case in my case), especially in the winter!

Memorial closed that year. I saw my first stabbing during math class. There were student walk outs. My friends and I used to have to walk to and from school in groups of at least 10 or more to avoid being jumped by the black kids from Camden and Philly. Many of whom didn't live in Willingboro but took the buses in from Camden and Philly and use a relatives' address).

Willingboro HS was the same. It was so bad that I joined the military 2 days after graduating just to get away from that place.
Former resident

Maple Grove, MN

#32 Jun 16, 2014
Mark from Willingboro wrote:
<quoted text>
I remember the race riots in Willingboro in the 70's and 80's. My parents pulled me out of Corpus Christi after 7th grade because they could no longer afford the tuition I went to Levitt for 8th grade until it closed. Then the thee nightmare began when I had to go to Memorial for 9th grade. We had no bus transportation and for those of you who know the town, walking from Pennypacker to Memorial was a LONG haul with books (and a guitar case in my case), especially in the winter!
Memorial closed that year. I saw my first stabbing during math class. There were student walk outs. My friends and I used to have to walk to and from school in groups of at least 10 or more to avoid being jumped by the black kids from Camden and Philly. Many of whom didn't live in Willingboro but took the buses in from Camden and Philly and use a relatives' address).
Willingboro HS was the same. It was so bad that I joined the military 2 days after graduating just to get away from that place.
The race riot you experienced at Memorial was caused because Jim Chambers, he threw a snowball at one of the buses and hit a kid named Greg Whealton dead smack in the face.....I remember the white kids making knives in metal shop in preparation for the riot. who got stabbed in your math class? I never heard of anyone being stabbed at memorial that year..........Memorial never closed it just became a middle school for 7/8th grade.....Sounds like you grew up on Perinnial Lane.
Sarah

United States

#33 Dec 11, 2014
I know this thread is old, but I was trying to find any info about kids being kidnapped in Willingboro in the early 80's. I lived in Somerset and Twin Hills. Went to Corpus Christi in the 80's...When I lived in somerset (Sandal Ln), we were broken into twice in a year -several neighbors were too- and were always having these weird people driving through the neighborhood staring us down (the kids)...a couple asked me if I needed a ride when I was walking my puppy once. Then I remember that we weren't allowed to stay outside and play because there were "kids getting snatched"...something about a black van. My whole block was freaked out. This would have been like 88. We moved to Twin Hills that year. I got dropped off by the Corpus Christi bus at the Twin Hills elem and walked home. I remember a cop started following my brother and I home and park on the street. It happened for weeks, almost every day. We were latch key kids. One day, the cop knocked on the door and asked if I knew anything about a black van that was parked at my house at times. I said it was my mom's "friend"...turns out, there was another girl kidnapped by someone in a black conversion van nearby and I guess they were suspicious. The cop was asking me a million questions about him. When I told my mom, her "friend" flipped out and went to the station. Never heard anything else about it, but it still bugs me to this day. I can't find anything about a girl being kidnapped in willingboro around that time. Anybody remember the stranger danger frenzy of the 80's in Willingboro?
beef

Wenonah, NJ

#34 Feb 28, 2015
Ken Lraus wrote:
David Wilff kidnapped on April 4 1964, near his home on Potter Lane, by Joseph Francis Bryan Jr. Founfd suffocated, tied to a tree in SW Virginia. Bryan caught in New Orleans 28 April 1964 sentenced to life without parole in federal prison.
This is quite freaky. But here it goes. I lived in the Buckingham section of Willingboro back then . I was the same age as David Wulfe. I remember that day he was taken like it was yesterday. My older brother and I were walking home from our little practice which was held in the Pennypack Section of town. My Brother was messing around in the woods not near me at this time, when a man stopped his station wagon and asked me if i wanted some bunny rabbits. This is for real. I was on the side walk he was in his car about 20 feet from me. Boy, I really wanted some rabbits but I new my dad wouldnt let me and I told that man so. He told me to come to his car to look at them. But i didnt. I dont know why I didnt but that was the case. The guy then just drove off. It was like a day or two later when we heard about David Wulfe. It was then that I told my parents about my encounter.They had the police come and talk to me. I gave them all I knew. To this day i still remember this guys face. Red flannel shirt, unshaven.slightly bald. It was without a doubt David killer. Sorry David.
Citizen Justice

Ocean City, NJ

#35 Mar 2, 2015
beef wrote:
<quoted text>
This is quite freaky. But here it goes. I lived in the Buckingham section of Willingboro back then . I was the same age as David Wulfe. I remember that day he was taken like it was yesterday. My older brother and I were walking home from our little practice which was held in the Pennypack Section of town. My Brother was messing around in the woods not near me at this time, when a man stopped his station wagon and asked me if i wanted some bunny rabbits. This is for real. I was on the side walk he was in his car about 20 feet from me. Boy, I really wanted some rabbits but I new my dad wouldnt let me and I told that man so. He told me to come to his car to look at them. But i didnt. I dont know why I didnt but that was the case. The guy then just drove off. It was like a day or two later when we heard about David Wulfe. It was then that I told my parents about my encounter.They had the police come and talk to me. I gave them all I knew. To this day i still remember this guys face. Red flannel shirt, unshaven.slightly bald. It was without a doubt David killer. Sorry David.
You could have saved him
Renee

North Fort Myers, FL

#36 Dec 12, 2015
My uncle John Robison was the boy kidnapped in South Carolina. He was killed by Joseph Francis Bryan also.
Kat

Fredericksburg, VA

#37 Jan 28, 2016
mike wrote:
Regarding the kidnapping of David Wulff, those of us who walked to Pennypacker Elementary School in the early 1960s will remember our fellow students who were posted at intersections as 'safeties.' The safety program at Pennypacker School was headed by fifth grade teacher Richard Serfling.
Safeties wore a white belt which went around their mid section and diagonal from the belt over one shoulder. They also were given a silver badge. These safeties were in turn supervised by more senior safeties who wore yellow belts.
These safeties were suppose to regulate when students crossed the street and keep students off the grass (neutral grounds and people's front lawns), stop fights and report offenders. It was like a little gestapo squad.
At that age and time, the worst thing that could happen to you was a safety would write down your name and give it to Sergling. That's what we feared.
The safeties were also limited as to where they stood and were posted. The path which David Wulff would have taken to get to school each day was to walk down to Pennypacker Drive and turn right down Pinetree Lane. The first safety anyone walking that route would have encountered would have been at the intersection of Pennypacker Drive and Pinetree Lane. There were safeties posted then at every intersection between Pennypacker Drive and the school.
If the saftey system was in effect at the time David was kidnapped, it would have most happened somewhere between the intersection of Pennypacker Drive and Pinetree Lane and his home just a few blocks away.
Thinking back on it, its nothing short of bizzare and recklessesly irresponsible for the Willingboro Board of Education to have had literally thousands of minors walking to and from school unsupervised by a responsible adult.
I recently read the minutes from the Willingboro Board of Education meetings back in the year 1963. They discussed at length which students qualified gor and got bus transportation and the degree of specificity typed out for each individual bus as to the precise route they were to take between each stop.
Then there is unavoidable responsibility of parents. If you are going to have kids, you have a responsibility for their safety, both while in your presence, in route to, from and while in school.
Where were the parents in the 1960s?
In response to the late 60s and early to mid 70s, parents pulled their kids out of the public schools and sent them to parochial schools. I was one who was fortunate to have persuaded my parents to extricate me from the Willingboro public schools in September 73. I was sick of the race riots. Levitt Junior High became a zoo. The kids acted like criminals. I was lucky my parents cared about me and my education enough to send me to Holy Cross. Wow what a culture shock that was. 45 in a class, but total civility and an environment conducive to learning.
I knew Levitt Jr. High was known for being a tough school, but I didn't know there were race riots there. I knew there were a few racial tensions growing up, but I really didn't know that it was that bad. I was in elementary school when you were in junior high. I always wanted to go to Holy Cross too.
Kat

Fredericksburg, VA

#38 Jan 28, 2016
Mark from Willingboro wrote:
I was born in Willingboro in 1963 (then called Levittown). Everyone knew the story of David Wolf. I lived two streets over from Potter Lane where he lived. My parents told me that the NJ Nat'l Guard were deployed in the woods in Pennypacker to search for him. At that time, many of the fathers in Willingboro were ex-WWII and Korean War vets (including my dad) and joined in the search as volunteers. Wolf was later found dead in North Carolina.
A lot of parents used this incident as "boogeyman" to keep us kids from playing in the woods or near the creek alone.
I knew about that case when I was really little, and I am younger than you. My brother went to school with David Wulff, and that story used to make me hair stand up on the back of my neck. We lived on Primrose Lane until 1976.
Hawk

Baltimore, MD

#39 Dec 12, 2016
Hal wrote:
<quoted text>

Peachtree? no such street in willingboro
Thats a lie somebody was killed today on peachtree 2016
Hal

Burlington, NJ

#40 Dec 29, 2016
Hawk wrote:
<quoted text>

Thats a lie somebody was killed today on peachtree 2016
Everyone has access to google maps, when you find a Peachtree Lane, Street,Drive or Court, let me know...until then I'll wait!
Linda DiMarco

Myrtle Beach, SC

#41 Feb 8, 2017
Yes,it was Peachfield Lane off of Pennypcker Drive. We lived a few houses away. I will never forget my mom telling me that.,how tragic. I believed he had two sibing. The family moved away shortly there after.
michael bell

Fishers, IN

#42 Mar 21, 2017
Hal wrote:
<quoted text>

Peachtree? no such street in willingboro
peach field, i think she meant

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