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Byron C Shutz
Gay Era Link Is to Go
Septemeber 17, 1942
Article reports on the proposed razing of the historic home of Annie Chambers at 300 Wyandotte Street to make way for a parking lot. Before her death, Chambers deeded the home to Beulah and David Bulkley...
Article describes the work of Samantha Steeves and Kristy Childs to rehabilitate prostitutes in Kansas City through an organization called Veronica's Voice.
It Takes One To Know One: Prostitute Recovery Program To Open Historic Northeast Office, Ministry
Business owners and residents of the Northeast area cruised the Independence Avenue corridor looking for prostitution activities. This year they will partner with the Veronica's Voice program which seeks...
Kansas City Morals, Past, Present and Future
Review of anti-vice activity back to 1913.
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...
Machine Defends "Night Life"
February 26, 1938
Article about an investigative report by Westbrook Pegler of the Kansas City Journal-Post on the support and justification of the Pendergast machine's organized crime in the city "'on the ground of public...
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...
Move Over, Girls, the Machine's Moving In
Essay about the forced relocation of prostitutes from their usual place between 12th, Cherry, Locust, and 13th Streets to "only two blocks over toward Troost" by the Pendergast machine, mainly due to their...
May 24, 1935
Article about the "Pusateris" operating gambling machines, prostitutes, bootleg liquors, and "juicy steak dinners" "about a block east of police headquarters" during the Prohibition era, moving in 1935...
No Flash: No Incest or Teenage Prostitution on Channel 5
Photo and biographical article about Jim Overbay, "Channel 5 news director" in Kansas City, reviewing his 25-year broadcasting career and policy of avoiding "flash and trash" material on broadcasts.
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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