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Byron C Shutz
You're Not Going to Jail, You're Going to Prison
Law enforcement plans to crack down on prostitution found on Independence Boulevard with stiffer penalties for those caught and convicted.
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.
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.
An inside look at Kansas City's sex business.
Under Cover With the KCPD
Article explains how the Kansas City Police Department are targeting prostitutes and their customers in the Northeast Area and in particular on Independence Boulevard.
Article about the efforts to stop vice in the city by Pendergast machine opponent Judge Southern, with raids on gambling houses and brothels.
The Wild and Wooly Town of Kansas
Colorful tales of the "Old West" era of Kansas City, following Theodore Case's first days in the dangerous town of saloons, prostitutes, gunfights, and gambling.
The Last Resort
Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2003
Article describes attempts by the State of Missouri to shut down the Midwest Hotel, located at 1925 Main. In an unusual legal maneuver, Jackson County procecutors have charged the hotel with ''public nuisance''...
The Enigma of a Painting
Article about the portrait believed to be of Leannah Kearns, commonly known as brothel madam Annie Chambers (1843-1935), describing her life, entering Kansas City and the prostitution business in about...
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...
Star's Feature Writers Earn Top Honors
July 18, 2009
Short article relating that three writers for The Kansas City Star won top prizes in the annual American Association of Sunday and Features Editors' Excellence-in-Feature-Writing Contest. The three were...
South Siders Getting Thrill from Sight-Seeing in House of Annie Chambers: Colorful Figure in Red Light District for Half Century Relates Her Story Nightly
Article about stories told by Annie Chambers (1842-1935), the notorious Kansas City madam, about her past and about her brothel built at 3rd and Wyandotte Streets in 1871, including photos of her as a...
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"...
Says Scattering of Vice Is Wrong: Woman from Former Isolated Zone Tells Crusaders They've Made Error
Article describing the lengthy public statements about prostitution in Kansas City at a meeting of "the Society for the Prevention of Vice" by "Mrs. William Kearns, better known as Annie Chambers, who...
Queen of the Kansas City Red Lights
Article describes the life of Kansas City madam Annie Chambers. Chambers was born Leannah Loveall near Lexington, Kentucky in 1842, and arrived in Kansas City in 1869. She died March 24, 1935, and is buried...
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...
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...
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...
Preventing Prostitution In Neighborhoods
July 31, 2002
Community organizers, police officers and concerned citizens recently met in the Don Bosco Senior High Gymnasium to discuss the issue of prostitution on Independence Avenue. Community organizer, Bobbi...
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