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Eric L Wesson
Henry R Luce
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...
All That Jazz
Article about the history of jazz, including Kansas City's influence on it before 1900 and after World War I.
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...
File containing photos and information on Alvin Brooks, "director of Kansas City's Human Relations Department" and founder of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Crime in Kansas City in 1977. Born about 1920...
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...
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.
An Interview With Judge Lewis Clymer
Interviewer: Milton Smith. Interview recorded August 24, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide...
An Interview With Michael Hughes
Interviewer: Ella Pruitt. Interview recorded June 20, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents....
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...
Another Shocker for Kansas City
Many photos of court appearances and buildings of organized crime members involved with the murdered men, Binaggio and Gargotta.
Anslinger vs. Donnici, Narcotics Trafficking and Federal Justic in Kansas City, Missouri, 1939
Article discusses the efforts by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics to halt trafficking in narcotics in Kansas City in the 1930s. Harry J. Anslinger, U.S. commissioner of narcotics from 1930 to 1962, was...
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...
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...
Belle Starr the Bandit Queen: The Career of the Most Colorful Outlaw the Indian Territory Ever Knew
Booklet about Belle Starr, Old West woman outlaw from Missouri, published by Haldeman-Julius Publications based in Girard, Kansas.
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