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'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 Hidden Leaf
November 15, 1880
Article describes the theft of valuable horses from Major Buck, a "prominent Texan," and Judge Nelson of Kansas City, Missouri, and their use by members of the James-Younger gang during the Otterville...
A Safe Haven for Former Prostitutes
January 9, 2011
Veronica's Voice, an organization founded by Kristy Childs, received an anonymous donation to establish a new home (location undisclosed) called Magdalene Manor as a safe haven for women and girls trying...
Story features four CAT/CAN officers of the East Patrol of the Kansas City Police Department. Through their efforts, Independence Avenue in the Northeast area as been cleaned up of drug houses and prostitution...
Enough is Enough: Roberts and Bales Area Has Checkered Past and Questionable Future
Editorial which examines why the Bales, Roberts, and Independence Avenue intersection has become a center of prostitution, drugs, and violent crime. Items mentioned include a Fast Stop store in the area,...
Gay Era Link Is to Go
Septemeber 17, 1942
Article reports on the proposed razing of the historic home of Annie Chambers at 300 Wyandotte Street to make way for a parking lot. Before her death, Chambers deeded the home to Beulah and David Bulkley...
Article describes the work of Samantha Steeves and Kristy Childs to rehabilitate prostitutes in Kansas City through an organization called Veronica's Voice.
It Takes One To Know One: Prostitute Recovery Program To Open Historic Northeast Office, Ministry
Business owners and residents of the Northeast area cruised the Independence Avenue corridor looking for prostitution activities. This year they will partner with the Veronica's Voice program which seeks...
Articles from April 19, 2004, to April 14, 2007, about the arrest and trial of alleged serial killer Lorenzo Gilyard. Gilyard was convicted of killing six women and linked by DNA to the killing of six...
Past Prostitution and Proud of It
August 27, 2003
Color photos and article about the rehabilitation of former prostitutes in the Northeast area of Kansas City. Description of the local "Veronica's Voice" project in cooperation with other agencies in breaking...
Preventing Prostitution In Neighborhoods
July 31, 2002
Community organizers, police officers and concerned citizens recently met in the Don Bosco Senior High Gymnasium to discuss the issue of prostitution on Independence Avenue. Community organizer, Bobbi...
Prostitute Gets 10 Years
Photo and biographical article about Kimberly Brandenburg, a notorious prostitute of Independence Avenue sentenced to 10 years in prison for "robbery, possession of a controlled substance, auto tampering...
Update on the continuing problem of prostitution along Independence Avenue in the Northeast area. Report of a recent police sting operation. "Operation Streetsweep: Taking Back Our Streets" has both short-term...
Says Scattering of Vice Is Wrong: Woman from Former Isolated Zone Tells Crusaders They've Made Error
Article describing the lengthy public statements about prostitution in Kansas City at a meeting of "the Society for the Prevention of Vice" by "Mrs. William Kearns, better known as Annie Chambers, who...
Article detailing several efforts to fight prostitution on Independence Avenue in the Northeast area of Kansas City. Former school board member Michelle Hensley proposes to form a "red light district"...
South Siders Getting Thrill from Sight-Seeing in House of Annie Chambers: Colorful Figure in Red Light District for Half Century Relates Her Story Nightly
Article about stories told by Annie Chambers (1842-1935), the notorious Kansas City madam, about her past and about her brothel built at 3rd and Wyandotte Streets in 1871, including photos of her as a...
Star's Feature Writers Earn Top Honors
July 18, 2009
Short article relating that three writers for The Kansas City Star won top prizes in the annual American Association of Sunday and Features Editors' Excellence-in-Feature-Writing Contest. The three were...
Articles from September 6, 2004, to April 25, 2008, about the arrest and trial of Terry Blair. Blair was convicted of killing six women during the summer of 2004. The bodies of all six women were found...
The Last Resort
Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2003
Article describes attempts by the State of Missouri to shut down the Midwest Hotel, located at 1925 Main. In an unusual legal maneuver, Jackson County procecutors have charged the hotel with ''public nuisance''...
The Wild and Wooly Town of Kansas
Colorful tales of the "Old West" era of Kansas City, following Theodore Case's first days in the dangerous town of saloons, prostitutes, gunfights, and gambling.
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