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Eric L Wesson
Henry R Luce
Photos and newspaper clippings about Wolf Rimann (ca. 1906-1949), manager and golf pro at various local country clubs, killed by gunmen in gangland style at 14th and Chestnut Avenues. Native of Waterloo,...
Withers Will Filed in Court
Notice about the filing of the first will of the late Helen Withers of Overland Park, filed in the Johnson County (Kansas) Probate Court amid controversy over another will filed in Salt Lake City.
Cabinet card photograph portrait of William Peake, at one time city treasurer. Includes newspaper articles (14 in. x 18 in.), "Kansas City Journal," February 6, 1891, and March 25, 1891, concerning City...
Wild West Photograph Collection Finding Aid
The majority of photographs in this collection came from the Brookings Montgomery photograph collection purchased by the library in the 1960s. Images are of outlaws, cowboys, Indians, lawmen, judges, western...
Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist
Discussion in the book about both Perry Smith and Dick Hickock who murdered the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas.
Why Some Men Can't Stay Away from the Municipal Farm [and] A Prisoner Speaks Up
Photos and articles about "the Municipal Correctional Institution (commonly known as the Municipal Farm)" in eastern Kansas City and its prisoners, prison guards (including "Superintendent Cyriel Provyn"),...
April 7, 1934
Story of the election day murders on March 27, 1934, starting with fist fights and escalating into gunshots, killing four and ending in "numerous mutilations of persons."
Who Killed Joe Loehr?
September 20-26, 2012
Article describes how the murder of Joe Loehr has impacted a group of individuals he lived with in a Kansas City area homeless camp. Residents of the camp describe the circumstances leading to the murder...
Who Dunnit? This City's Most Baffling Crimes
Most mysterious crimes researched from retired detectives, old newspaper files, and police records.
Where These Rocky Bluffs Meet, Including the Story of the Kansas City Ten-Year Plan
Description of the Detention Home building for juvenile deliquents, located at 5th and Oak Streets.
Where the Hobo Exists: Sunday Night Scenes in Some of the North End Resorts
Illustrations and article about the hobos and other "vagrants" at "the North end, Second ward, in a beer resort known as 'The Buzzard,' No. 1." Description of their lifestyles at bars or saloons such as...
When Respected Brothers Slew Missouri Family
File containing photos, illustrations, and biographical article about George Taylor and his brother William Taylor, murderers of Gus Meeks and his family on May 10, 1894 in Carroll County, Missouri. Description...
When Moody Ruled
August 4-10, 2005
Part II of an article describing possible causes of increased violence in Kansas City, Missouri during the summer of 2005. The author posits that rapper Anthony ("Fat Tone") Watkins' May, 2005 murder in...
What's the Plan? Citizen Crime Fighters
Photo and biographical article about Melissa Robinson, a black 19-year-old host of a regular show on the KPRS-FM radio station as "the runaway prevention and intervention coordinator for the Ad Hoc Group...
What's Happened to Our Mob?
Changing shape and names in Kansas City's organized crime in the 1970s and 1980s.
What Kind of Fellow Is This Man We Call the Police Chief
Photo and biographical article about Clarence Kelley, chief of the Kansas City Police Department. Review of his life and career partially in his own words, from his birth in Kansas City to time in the...
What Do We Do with All That Jazz?
A brief history of jazz and discussion of how the movement in Kansas City in the 1920s and 1930s dominated the nation.
Westport Personality: Clarence Kelley
Photo and biographical article about Clarence Kelley, a private investigator "in the quiet Westport office of Kelley and Associates" and "former Director of the FBI and former Chief of Police for Kansas...
Were You on the Bus?
Article about the crime prevention efforts of Northeast Kansas City activists against "pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers" during the area's "20-year high" vice crime rate in 2001.
Welfare for Everybody
Article about "the Kansas City welfare department--the oldest in age and one of the youngest in spirit in the United States--" and its general services for citizens. Discussion of neighborhood meetings,...
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