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Duck Island, New Jersey

Duck Island, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Duck Island, New Jersey is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Duck Island, New Jersey
Location of Duck Island in Mercer County Inset: Location of county within the state of New Jersey
Duck Island, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Duck Island, New Jersey
Location within the state of New Jersey
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Mercer
Township and City Hamilton and Trenton

Duck Island is an unincorporated community located along the border of Hamilton Township and the city of Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States.[1][2][3] The community takes its name from Duck Island, which extends southeastward from the community. The city of Trenton provides public docks for fishing in Duck Island.[4]

The "Duck Island Murders"

Duck Island was frequented as a lovers' lane during the 1930s due to its remoteness and nearness to Trenton. One evening in 1938, a young couple parked at a secluded spot on Duck Island were shot after money was demanded of them. One died at the scene, while the second died the next day. A year later, a second couple parked at Duck Island was shot dead. A botched murder attempt on another young couple parked in a lovers lane in Tullytown, Pennsylvania, led to the arrest of Clarence Hill in 1942. Motivated by sexual and voyeuristic urges, the serial killer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for what became known as the "Duck Island Murders".[5][6]


In 1996 there were plans to build a $260 million trash incinerator on Duck Island, but the proposal was defeated by the Board of chosen freeholders for Mercer County, New Jersey.[7]


  1. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2015.
  2. ^  
  3. ^ "City Profile Report: Trenton 250: 1792-2042: A City Master Plan Document" (PDF).  
  4. ^ "Trenton opens public docks on Duck Island open for first time in two years".  
  5. ^ Tomlinson, Gerald (1994). Murdered in Jersey. Rutgers University. pp. 60–62. 
  6. ^ "Soldier Is Held As Jersey Killer. Fort Dix Private in Jail to Await Trial for Murder in Duck Island Cases".  
  7. ^ "Board Defeats Incinerator".  
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