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'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...
A Memory of Murder
March 3, 2012
Article focuses upon the childhood experiences of Danny Centimano, the son of notorious Kansas City criminal Joe Centimano. Danny is interviewed and describes his father's connections to criminal activity...
August 9, 2009
Article revisits the events surrounding the brutal murder of Ali Kemp at a Leawood swimming pool in 2002. A pool maintenance worker, Benjamin A. Appleby, was convicted of the murder in 2006. It consists...
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...
Bennett Bridge Game Murder
A short synopsis of the murder of John Bennett by his wife Myrtle after a game of bridge on September 29, 1929.
Bennett Bridge Game Murder Trial, Courtroom Scene
March 6, 1931
Judge Ralph S. Latshaw "has a parting word with James A. Reed, one of the attorneys for the defense" after the verdict in the murder trial of Mrs. Myrtle Bennett. Mrs. Bennett shot and killed her husband...
Bobby Greenlease Kidnapping
The kidnaping of Bobby Greenlease, Jr., took place on September 28, 1953, with a ransom of $600,000.
June 21, 2011
The Kansas City Police reopened the murder case of Leon Jordan and have identified his killer as James "Doc" Dearborn. Jordan, a former police officer and one of the founders of Freedom, Inc., was gunned...
Information about the duels in early Missouri history, mostly between 1817 and 1840. Of note are those that led to the deaths of local statesmen Charles Lucas (involved in the founding of Columbia, Missouri,...
E. M. Dodds Active in Crime Commission Organization
Photo and biographical article about E. M. Dodds, "president of the U. S. Cold Storage Company" and promoter of the proposed Kansas City Crime Commisison to cut down on "a rash of homicides, coupled with...
Homicide Total for City Surges
January 2, 2009
Article concerning homicides in Kansas City for 2008 (126) also discusses historical trends and includes bar graph showing number of homicides from 1991 to 2008.
Kenneth McElroy Murder
A collection of photocopied newspaper articles from the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times detailing the killing of Kenneth Rex McElroy in Skidmore, Missouri and the subsequent investigation of that...
Killing of Samuel Hallett: Early Railroad Executive
Article about "one of the most notorious and highly reported killings in the early history of Wyandotte County" that occured on July 28, 1864. Samuel Hallet, a successful railroad developer, was involved...
Leon Jordan Case Sent To Prosecutor
February 11-17, 2011
"The Jackson County Prosecutor is reviewing the 40 year-old murder case of Leon Jordan who was gunned down on July 15, 1970, in front of his Green Duck lounge located in the 2500 block of Prospect."
Articles from April 19, 2004, to April 14, 2007, about the arrest and trial of alleged serial killer Lorenzo Gilyard. Gilyard was convicted of killing six women and linked by DNA to the killing of six...
Massacre Resonates 75 Years Later
June 16, 2008
Brief article recounting the Union Station massacre on June 17, 2008, its 75th anniversary. Bureau of Investigation escorts of escaped murderer and bank robber Frank Nash were ambushed in front of Union...
Miscellaneous Murder Cases, Missouri and Kansas
A collection of photocopied newspaper clippings from the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times detailing various murders, largely in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Names involved include Terri Allen,...
Miscellaneous Unsolved Murder Cases
A collection of photocopied newspaper articles from the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times detailing various unsolved murders. Each article is annotated with its date and source of publication. Includes...
More Reports of the Fur Trade and Inland Trade to Mexico
Second in a two-part series of articles reproducing letters and other reports by prominent fur traders or government officials involved in the fur trade or inland trade with Mexico in 1831. Among the report...
Murder Scene, Crowd Surrounding a Car
August 12, 1933
Crowd gathered around a Buick automobile on Armour Blvd. The car belonged to mobster Gus 'Steinie" Fasone and was the intended getaway vehicle following the murder of bootlegger Ferris Anthon by Charles...
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