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Henry R Luce
10,000 Public Enemies
Book review of "Ten Thousand Public Enemies" by Courtney Ryley Cooper about crime and prominent criminals (such as John Lazia, et al.) in Kansas City tracked by "the United States government, Division...
A 13-Year Nightmare Ends
Letter to the editor reviewing the 13 years (from about 1926 to 1939) of unofficial city government control by the Pendergast machine in Kansas City and the demand for a clean-up campaign to ensure against...
A City Statesman
Brief complimentary article of the virtues of "the city's first real manager," L. P. Cookingham.
A Department at the Gateway of the West
Extensive article about the police force's operations in the early part of the century, deemed as being efficient with a large population to patrol and relatively small manpower to patrol it.
A Frank Interview with the Police Chief of Kansas City: Norman Caron
Extensive interview of Kansas City Police Chief Norman Caron, discussing several issues, including the nature of his job and of other local policemen, comparisons to previous police chiefs, guns and murders,...
A Grief Like No Other
Analysis of the murder of Terri Smith of Kansas City by Gary Rawlings as an example of a national cultural phenomenon. Description of other local family members involved such as Al Smith and Harriet Smith,...
A Motive for Lewis's Murder; the Experiment
In-depth letter to the editor expresses the writer's belief that Meriwether Lewis did not commit suicide but was murdered. The reasons for this belief will be published in a forthcoming book (April of...
A Political Boss at Bay: Thomas J. Pendergast in Federal Prison, 1939-1940
Photos, illustrated caricatures, and biographical article about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945) during and after his 1939-1940 federal prison term (at Leavenworth, Kansas) for tax evasion. Description of his...
A War Is Being Waged Against Rape in Kansas City!
Article about Kansas City's high rate of rape yet "one of the most innovative cities in creating community education measures and treatment centers," with facilities such as the Rape Treatment Center at...
Activist of the Year
Article contains brief description of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Crime founded by Alvin Brooks, director of Kansas City's Human Relations Department.
All That Jazz
Article about the history of jazz, including Kansas City's influence on it before 1900 and after World War I.
America's Drug: Postcards from Tweakville
Photos and article about the rampant trade of the illegal homemade drug, crystal meth, in the Kansas City area and the police effort to stem it.
Another Shocker for Kansas City
Many photos of court appearances and buildings of organized crime members involved with the murdered men, Binaggio and Gargotta.
Be Proud, Citizens!
Article about the ironic description of Kansas City by Judge Brown Harris "as 'probably the most law-abiding city in the United States.'" Irony due to the judge's association with the Pendergast machine...
Belle Starr--and Her Times
Photo, portrait, and biographical article about Belle Starr (ca. 1848-1889), a woman outlaw in Old West Missouri "called the feminine Jesse James." Born in Carthage, Missouri as Myra Belle Shirley and...
Black Crime, Black Victims
Illustrations and article about the unequal law enforcement and crime prevention in Kansas City for blacks and non-blacks, especially in certain parts of the metro area. Description of the murders of Michael...
Blondie-The Maurice Denning Story
Ganster, James Audett, in an autobiographical account claims that Maurice Denning and Verne Miller were the real gunmen at the Union Station Massacre. This article is Part I and traces the life and criminal...
Bloody Bill, Noted Guerrilla of the Civil War
Biographical article about William T. "Bloody Bill" Anderson, or Bloody Bill Anderson, outlaw and Confederate guerrilla leader of Bushwhackers in the Civil War, responsible for many war crime atrocities,...
Review of a book entitled "Rape: How to Avoid It and What to Do about It If You Can't" by June Bundy Csida and Joseph Csida.
Borderline Businesses Pay Most Sugar
January 11, 1935
Photo and article about the bombing of the Harlem Nightclub as an example of the vulnerability of semi-legitimate ("borderline") nightclubs and other businesses in Kansas City to its strong-arm tactics...
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