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Eric L Wesson
Peace Officer's Long Career Bridged Era from Cow Towns to Gangsters
Book review of "Marshal of the Last Frontier" by Zoe Tilghman about her father, William Matthew Tilghman, or William Tilghman (1854-1923 ca.), " years a peace officer on the old frontier." Native of...
Persona Creata: Street-Wise Super-Hero
Photos and biographical article about Alonzo Washington, 30-year-old black creator (writer, artist, and publisher) of the Omega Man super-hero character of comic books and action figure in Kansas City,...
Perspective--No Red Herring
Article about the continuation of political corruption in Kansas City, facilitated by Pendergast sympathizer President Truman, and in spite of efforts of investigator Maurice M. Milligan.
Picture Perfect: FishNet Security
Photo (of owners Gary Fish and Mary Fish) and article about the FishNet Security company established in 1997 for preventing crime in Internet and related technologies.
Plan to Lash Out Ended in Rampage
May 1, 2007
Follow-up article on the shootings which occurred on Sunday, April 29, 2007, at the Ward Parkway Shopping Center. The gunman, David Logsdon, shot and killed Leslie Noble Ballew and Luke A. Nilges in the...
Police Break Ground for South Patrol
November 10, 2010
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new South Patrol and Special Operations Division facility took place on October 29, 2010. The facility is located at Bannister Road and Marion Park Drive. Funded by...
Police Chief Quits: Edwards Resigns, but Will Not Leave until August 1, He Agrees on Request
Biographical article about Charles Edwards, resigning as police chief of the Kansas City Police Department after starting in 1921. Illustration and description of his career, returning "to a position as...
Police Crime Lab
Police investigator analyzing chemical evidence in crime lab.
Police Officer Fingerprinting Suspect
Uniformed police officer fingerprinting a suspect.
Political History of Jackson County: Biographical Sketches of Men Who Have Helped to Make It
Photo and bio of William Wallace, former prosecuting attorney of Jackson County partly responsible for ridding the area of the James Gang in the early 1880s. Born in Kentucky in 1848 and raised in border...
Politics: Is Tom Pendergast Really Dead?
Article describing the book by Professor Thomas Murphy about Kansas City's history of crime in city politics, from Old West days to the Pendergast machine and beyond.
Politics: Pardon Us, Please
Article speculating about reasons for the pardoning of seventeen officials involved in election frauds, fifteen of them by President Truman.
Power in Tax Laws: Elmer L. Irey Has Made All Evaders Fearful
Photo and biographical article about Elmer Irey, "the man directing the federal investigation of what happened to the mysterious $447,000 paid in the Missouri insurance compromise case" dealing with the...
Profile: Clarence Kelley--The Man behind the Badge
Photos and biographical article about Clarence Kelley, nicknamed "Dick Tracy" for his similarity to the "cartoon sleuth" in his police detective work. Detailed description of his life and career, born...
Project: Community; Part One: Changing Perspectives
June 11, 2003
Feature about people who live in low-income housing and this part features Guinotte Manor. This particular section of housing was completely torn down and new was put up from scratch. Crime statistics...
Prominent Democrat Supports Coalition Ticket
Statement given at the Kansas City Star Building about "Democracy."
Prospect Corrider: Killings bring Attention - Bad and Good
September 12, 2004
In the wake of recent killings in the area, four blocks each direction from Prospect Avenue and between 18th Street and Brush Creek, attention has focused on improving the Prospect Corrider neighborhood....
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...
Photos and article about the discontinuiation of the community policing program of the Kansas City Police Department at the beginning of 2001 under Police Chief Rick Easley due to slow response times and...
Question Box: What Was Behind the Election Day Killings of 1934?
Factional dispute between Democrats resulting in triple killing on Swope Parkway in front of a restaurant. John Gadwood the only conviction in the intimidation-frought election day.
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