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Henry R Luce
'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 City Statesman
Brief complimentary article of the virtues of "the city's first real manager," L. P. Cookingham.
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 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 Valentine for Tuffy
Article about organized crime member Tuffy DeLuna.
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...
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.
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...
Binaggio and Gargotta Murders
May 3, 2005
Articles concerning the federal grand jury court case for the slayings of Charles Binaggio and Charles Gargotta in Kansas City in 1950, with photos.
Biography of Charles Binaggio (1909-1950), Political Boss and Gangster
Biography of John Lazia (1896-1934), Crime Figure
Biography of Nick Civella (1912-1983), Crime Boss
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