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Eric L Wesson
Henry R Luce
Fighting Crime One Step at a Time
November 17, 2004
Review of the efforts of the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance over the last 25 years in helping neighborhoods become safer and cleaner places to live.
Figure in Casino Skimming Case Dies
August 17, 2005
Charles D. Moretina, convicted in 1983 in a casino skimming investigation, died August 14, 2005, at the North Kansas City Hospital. ''Moretina and two other local crime figures, Carl ''Cork'' Civella and...
Find No Crime in Meis Death: Evidence of Fire in Porch Glider, Detective Tells Coroner
Photo and obituary article about Albert Marcel Meis, or Albert Meis, a 52-year-old car salesman and political candidate dying in an accidental fire with his "glider."
First, Indict All the Lawyers
Illustration and article about the "three former executives of Baptist Medical Center of Kansas City, Mo." slated for "trial in federal court in Kansas for conspiring to pay illegal kickbacks to two osteopaths."...
Focus/Midwest Recommends: Organize Ghetto Residents to Control Civil Disturbances
Paper about riot control and prevention methods in the wake of the 1968 race riots.
Former Move Up President Dies at 51
Notice of the death on February 16, 2002, of Jim Nunn at age 51. Nunn was a former Kansas City deputy police chief and a former president of Move Up, a group dedicated to building up neighborhoods and...
Forward Steps in Municipal Affairs: Police Departments
Description of the establishment of "a system of police booths," shown in a photo, whereby, via sidecar motorcycles, "a police officer will be available at any place in Kansas City within three minutes."...
Fred Harvey Bonadonna
April 17, 2002
Obituary for former local organized crime figure turned government witness, Fred Harvey Bonadonna. He died Aprill 11, 2002, at age 63 in Naples, Florida.
From Combat to Crime: The Famous Outlaw Got His Start Fighting Against the Union
July 2-9, 2007
Short article which discusses the legend of Jesse James and the Robin Hood theme. Author contends that "the key to understanding the motives of the James gang--besides greed--is the Civil War, especially...
From Dark to Dawn
Highlights of "the Kansas City fight against vice that have occurred during the last thirty years," including prostitution, liquor, gambling, and organized crime.
From the Bottom Up: West Bottoms Enjoys Quiet Revival Thanks to Organic Growth
August 5-11, 2011
Article about the West Bottoms development over the last few years, with transportation improvements, crime prevention, and renovation of old buildings. Included in the article is a map of the West Bottoms...
Frontier Protective and Social Network: The Anti-Horse Thief Association in Kansas
The Anti-Horse Thief Association (AHTA) came together in 1882 in Kansas to protect against horse thieves. It eventually outlived its original purpose of theft protection and evolved into two stages, progressive...
Gambling Laws of Missouri
History of gambling laws in Missouri since 1814, concentrating on their adjustment to the organized crime of the early 20th century.
Aftermath of Nick Civella's death with short biographies of prominent organized crime members.
Describes the "Gangster Tour", a trolley-based excursion highlighting criminal and vice locales throughout Kansas City.
Geary and Kansas--Governor Geary's Administration in Kansas with a Complete History of the Territory until July 1857
Colorful and literary description of border ruffians between Kansas City and Westport and how people dealt with them leading up to the Civil War.
Get the Other Gang
Story of the kidnapping and safe return of Nell Donnelly with the aid of a "North Side leader" associated with "Kansas City's recognized and organized underworld."
God Wants You to Roll
Con artists Robert ''Buddha'' Gomez and James Nichols fleeced America's churchgoers into buying cars for a few thousand dollars apiece from a fictious estate. The ''Miracle Cars'' scam resulted in over...
Goin' to Kansas City: And Robert Altman Takes You There!
Photos and review of the recent movie "Kansas City" directed by Robert Altman ("born in Kansas City in 1925" and raised "around the gangsters and musicians of the '30s") and set in 1934 Kansas City, with...
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