Vincent John DiCarlo, 75, decorated police...

November 14, 1998

Vincent John DiCarlo, 75, decorated police detective

Vincent John DiCarlo, one of the most decorated police officers in the history of the Baltimore Police Department, died Tuesday of a stroke at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 75 and lived in Ellicott City.

During an 18-year career, Mr. DiCarlo was a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division, earning two special commendations, four bronze stars and 31 other commendations before he retired in 1972. He was also named Policeman of the Year by the Sunpapers in 1968.

One of Mr. DiCarlo's most interesting cases was the 1966 murder of Linda Keller, a 17-year-old nurse's aid at the Church Home and Hospital who was found stabbed 38 times in the hospital's boiler room. It became known as the "pinkie" murder because of the color of the nurse's aides' uniforms at the time.

His partner, Joseph C. Folio Sr., who died in May, often praised Mr. DiCarlo's tenacity and inventiveness in breaking the case.

Mr. DiCarlo and Mr. Folio traced the murderer to his North Castle Street home and arrested him on suspicion that he was involved in the rape of an 18-year-old.

Six months later, William Bobby Fowler, an orderly at the hospital, was charged in the murder.

Mr. DiCarlo was a purchasing agent for Dukeland Packing Co. from 1972 until he retired in 1983. For a number of years, he operated an antique crystal and glassware business on Baltimore National Pike.

Since 1988, he had built purple martin birdhouses that are sold at Hope's Hardware store in St. Michaels.

In addition to bird-watching, he enjoyed collecting model schooners and tugboats.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended city schools. During World War II, he was a master mechanic in the European Theater with the Army's 89th Division. He was discharged in 1945.

In 1948, he married Margaret Raymond, who died in 1989.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at Loudon Park Chapel.

He is survived by his wife of four years, the former Joan Frances; a son, John DiCarlo of Finksburg; three daughters, Rosemary Hertsch of Jarrettsville, Cathy Hout of Bel Air and Christine DiCarlo of Baltimore; two brothers, Joseph DiCarlo of Marriottsville and James Aquila of Carney; a sister, Angela Alasha of Baltimore; a stepson, Stephen Novak of Abingdon; two stepdaughters, Joni Nuetzel of Ellicott City and Barbara Didwall of Joppatowne; and 11 grandchildren. John G. Younger Jr., a retired Baltimore police lieutenant, died Nov. 7 of a heart attack at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Abingdon resident was 71.

A Baltimore native, he attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and later served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

Upon his discharge, he worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. at the Sparrows Point shipyard before joining the Police Department in 1948. He served many years in the department's marine division before leaving the department in 1971.

He later worked in the collections department of Provident Savings Bank of Baltimore.

Mr. Younger enjoyed woodworking and was active with the Boumi Temple, where he was president of its Glad Hand Committee.

Services were held Thursday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Kuczak, whom he married in 1951; two daughters, Lynn Carol Cook of Bel Air and Mary Catherine Bull of New Freedom, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/14/98

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