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Eric L Wesson
Henry R Luce
''Your Presence Is Not Requested''
December 21, 2005
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed immigration legislation that would make illegal US presence a crime rather than a civil offense. If it becomes a law, it would affect most Latino adults...
'70 Slaying of Politician a Mob Hit?
October 31, 2010
Article about the re-opened Leon Jordan murder case that ties the murder to the Mafia. New evidence implicates a "low-profile mob associate known on the street as 'Shotgun Joe' [Joe Centimano]." Centimano...
'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...
10,000 Public Enemies
Book review of "Ten Thousand Public Enemies" by Courtney Ryley Cooper about crime and prominent criminals (such as John Lazia, et al.) in Kansas City tracked by "the United States government, Division...
A 13-Year Nightmare Ends
Letter to the editor reviewing the 13 years (from about 1926 to 1939) of unofficial city government control by the Pendergast machine in Kansas City and the demand for a clean-up campaign to ensure against...
A Bomb at the Harlem Night Club
Photo and caption about the explosion from "a dynamite bomb" at "the Harlem night club" at 1414 East 15th Street, "believed to be an effort to intimidate the owners into paying extortion money."
A Case as Cold as Ice
August 31, 2013
Article covers the inactive investigation of the Vinca Jewelry heist on September 6, 2010. Simon Zouein, the owner of the shop, is interviewed and expresses his dissatisfaction with the Kansas City Police...
A City Statesman
Brief complimentary article of the virtues of "the city's first real manager," L. P. Cookingham.
A Convict Looks Back at the 1954 Missouri Penitentiary Riots
Article about the 1954 riots at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri. Riot included killings, fires, destruction of over $10 million to state property and most of the prison. Also...
A Department at the Gateway of the West
Extensive article about the police force's operations in the early part of the century, deemed as being efficient with a large population to patrol and relatively small manpower to patrol it.
A Faulty Petition
February 6, 1891
Biographical article about William Peake, former city treasurer of Kansas City indicted in court for embezzling city funds with his "bondsmen."
A Frank Interview with the Police Chief of Kansas City: Norman Caron
Extensive interview of Kansas City Police Chief Norman Caron, discussing several issues, including the nature of his job and of other local policemen, comparisons to previous police chiefs, guns and murders,...
A Grief Like No Other
Analysis of the murder of Terri Smith of Kansas City by Gary Rawlings as an example of a national cultural phenomenon. Description of other local family members involved such as Al Smith and Harriet Smith,...
A Motive for Lewis's Murder; the Experiment
In-depth letter to the editor expresses the writer's belief that Meriwether Lewis did not commit suicide but was murdered. The reasons for this belief will be published in a forthcoming book (April of...
A Political Boss at Bay: Thomas J. Pendergast in Federal Prison, 1939-1940
Photos, illustrated caricatures, and biographical article about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945) during and after his 1939-1940 federal prison term (at Leavenworth, Kansas) for tax evasion. Description of his...
A Report on Juvenile Violence in Kansas City, Missouri
Study of juvenile crime factors by census tract in eastern Kansas City, examining individuals and territories of gangs, with tables and maps.
A Tug-of-War Over 'Murderabilia'
September 29, 2012
Article on the disputed ownership of notebooks, copies of investigative files, crime scene photographs, and correspondence relating to the muder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959 that have...
A Valentine for Tuffy
Article about organized crime member Tuffy DeLuna.
A War Is Being Waged Against Rape in Kansas City!
Article about Kansas City's high rate of rape yet "one of the most innovative cities in creating community education measures and treatment centers," with facilities such as the Rape Treatment Center at...
Activist of the Year
Article contains brief description of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Crime founded by Alvin Brooks, director of Kansas City's Human Relations Department.
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