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Byron C Shutz
Photos, illustrations, and information (including a five-part series of articles from the Kansas City Times in 1975) on vice crime in Kansas City, especially prostitution and its prevention.
File contains a brochure on the 100 West tavern, with reprints of old local newspaper articles about Annie Chambers (1842-1935), the most prominent local madam of the Old West and early 20th century, and...
Description of Kansas City in 1880
Chapter of the book about "Old West" Kansas City, complete with gunfighters, shady saloons, muddy streets, and sightings of Wild Bill Hickok. Includes a list of bordellos and saloons and their occupants,...
Kansas City Women of Independent Minds
Photo and bio of Annie Chambers (1843-1935), a prostitution resort owner and manager in Kansas City. She was born in Kentucky as Leanna Loveall, marrying William Chambers, becoming his widow and moving...
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...
Articles from September 6, 2004, to April 25, 2008, about the arrest and trial of Terry Blair. Blair was convicted of killing six women during the summer of 2004. The bodies of all six women were found...
Missouri Civil War References
This book contains several references to Missouri and the Civil War. Includes chapters entitled: "Home Guards and Home Traitors: Loyalty and Prostitution in Civil War St. Louis" and " 'A Rebel Though She...
Biography of Annie Chambers (1843-1935), Madame
Biography of Harry Wiggins (1932-2004), Lawyer and Legislator
Past Prostitution and Proud of It
August 27, 2003
Color photos and article about the rehabilitation of former prostitutes in the Northeast area of Kansas City. Description of the local "Veronica's Voice" project in cooperation with other agencies in breaking...
Crazy about History
Reminiscences of visits to a wild and bustling Kansas City in the youth of author Rudolph Umland. Umland a native of Nebraska coming to Kansas City in 1926 by train and becoming a local Kansas City historian...
Crime Prevention in Westport
Two-part article with the first part about crime prevention methods in Westport through neighborhood committees, one led by "Bob Berdella, organizer of the block captain system," with the second part of...
Update on the continuing problem of prostitution along Independence Avenue in the Northeast area. Report of a recent police sting operation. "Operation Streetsweep: Taking Back Our Streets" has both short-term...
Were You on the Bus?
Article about the crime prevention efforts of Northeast Kansas City activists against "pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers" during the area's "20-year high" vice crime rate in 2001.
Article detailing several efforts to fight prostitution on Independence Avenue in the Northeast area of Kansas City. Former school board member Michelle Hensley proposes to form a "red light district"...
Prostitution in Kansas City
Booklet contains the calling cards and some photographs of women believed to be madames or prostitutes working in Kansas City around the turn of the twentieth century. Item has been photocopied and a typed...
Annie Chambers' Brothel
The entrance to Annie Chambers' house of prostitution, on the corner of 3rd and Wyandotte, has an Oriental design.
Past Lives: Inside Annie's Chambers
Article about the large house serving as a residence and place of business for Annie Chambers, a prominent Kansas City madam, at 3rd and Wyandotte Streets. Photo and description of the house, later demolished,...
A String of Sixty Murders: A Serial Killer--or Copycats--Haunts Kansas City
Photo and article about the "sixty women--three quarters of them black, drug-using prostitutes"--found murdered in Kansas City since 1977, leading to an investigation into a possible serial killer.
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