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Eric L Wesson
''Your Presence Is Not Requested''
December 21, 2005
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed immigration legislation that would make illegal US presence a crime rather than a civil offense. If it becomes a law, it would affect most Latino adults...
'70 Slaying of Politician a Mob Hit?
October 31, 2010
Article about the re-opened Leon Jordan murder case that ties the murder to the Mafia. New evidence implicates a "low-profile mob associate known on the street as 'Shotgun Joe' [Joe Centimano]." Centimano...
'Sporting House' History: Opulence to Backroom
Illustrations and biographical article (second in a five-part series) about the history of prostitution in Kansas City back to the 1870s madame Annie Chambers and progressing through the wide-open 1930s...
A Bomb at the Harlem Night Club
Photo and caption about the explosion from "a dynamite bomb" at "the Harlem night club" at 1414 East 15th Street, "believed to be an effort to intimidate the owners into paying extortion money."
A Case as Cold as Ice
August 31, 2013
Article covers the inactive investigation of the Vinca Jewelry heist on September 6, 2010. Simon Zouein, the owner of the shop, is interviewed and expresses his dissatisfaction with the Kansas City Police...
A Convict Looks Back at the 1954 Missouri Penitentiary Riots
Article about the 1954 riots at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri. Riot included killings, fires, destruction of over $10 million to state property and most of the prison. Also...
A Faulty Petition
February 6, 1891
Biographical article about William Peake, former city treasurer of Kansas City indicted in court for embezzling city funds with his "bondsmen."
A Tug-of-War Over 'Murderabilia'
September 29, 2012
Article on the disputed ownership of notebooks, copies of investigative files, crime scene photographs, and correspondence relating to the muder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959 that have...
A Valentine for Tuffy
Article about organized crime member Tuffy DeLuna.
All Due Respect
June 12-18, 2008
Article discusses the debut of "Shots Back in Time: The Union Station Massacre," a film by Terence O'Mally commissioned by Union Station officials. The 40-minute film tells the story of the Union Station...
Obituary for Fred Harvey Bonadonna who died April 11, 2002. He had been under the federal protection program living in Florida under the name of Fred Juliano. Instrumental in toppling local organized crime...
June 25, 1988
Biographical article about Alvin Brooks, director of "the city's Human Relations Department" and co-founder of "the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, now in its 11th year." Brooks is described in complimentary...
America Toasted End to Prohibition 40 Years Ago
Article about the growth of organized crime and methods of undercover law enforcement during the Prohibition era, listed as beginning on January 20, 1920, with the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, and...
Anderson Energizes Blacks Against Crime
File containing a photo and biographical article about Elbert Anderson, 34-year-old black "director of the Kansas City Council on Crime Prevention" (formed in 1974), employee of Hallmark Cards, and native...
Anger, Action Replace Fear
Article details the vandalism happening in areas of the 12-1400 block of Colorado Avenue in the Blue Valley Neighborhood of Northeast Kansas City. Efforts to help include involvement of the police department...
Appointed Thorn: Alvin Brooks, as Human Relations Director, Is the Man Who Pricks the City's Social Conscience
File contains a biographical article about Alvin Brooks, the Human Relations Director for the city government of Kansas City, Missouri, president of the Ad Hoc Group against Crime. Description of parallels...
Archive Is Asset in Crime Fighting
September 26, 2010
Kansas City's crime lab was unusual in preserving evidence such as hairs, blood, and bodily fluids starting in the 1970s. With the advent of DNA testing, such evidence has become invaluable in reopening...
Auto Thefts Status Quo
January 7, 2004
Article discusses auto theft in the metro area. It states that "in 2003, only 2,781 auto thefts were reported in Kansas City. In Historic Northeast, however, the number of car thefts remained the same:...
Avenue Poised to be Region's International Marketplace
September 24, 2008
Article reports on the growing number of ethnic businesses along Independence Avenue and the potential for the corridor to become "Kansas City's premier international marketplace for the region;" this...
Binaggio and Gargotta Murders
May 3, 2005
Articles concerning the federal grand jury court case for the slayings of Charles Binaggio and Charles Gargotta in Kansas City in 1950, with photos.
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