Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Missouri State Archives

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Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Judge Charles Thomas Hays for Case for Case No. 36717: State of Missouri on the information of Roy McKittrick, Attorney General, Relator, vs. Waller W. Graves, Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, Missouri, Respondent. Hays finds Graves guilty of purposefully neglecting his duties in prosecuting individuals in Jackson County openly engaging in voter fraud, the operation of gambling and prostitution establishments, and the sale of liquor late at night and on Sundays. Hays provides some of the evidence used in making his decision.

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Photographs

Photograph of a cafe/delicatessen at 5824 Swope Parkway, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates murdered Lee Flacy at this location. This vantage point faces east towards the entrance of the cafe. Cardinal directions are annotated for orientation on the photograph.

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Clippings

Recurring magazine feature, "Chief's Chair", from the October 1933 issue of "Startling Detective Adventures". This article was used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. It implicates Vernon C. Miller (Verne C. Miller) and William Weissman as the murderers in the Union Station Massacre and also mentions the kidnapping of Mary McElroy.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Kansas City Police Department miscellaneous report of the Union Station Massacre, used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The report provides a summary of the incident from the perspective of FBI agent T. J. Lackey, who was present during the shooting.

Object Type: 
Photographs

Photograph of a cafe/delicatessen at 5824 Swope Parkway, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates murdered Lee Flacy at this location. This vantage point faces west towards the rear of the cafe. Cardinal directions and indications of bullet holes are annotated on the photograph.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Commissioner Walter H. Bohling for Criminal Case No. 33947: State of Missouri vs. Walter H. McGee, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in McGee's motion for a new trial, Bohling affirms that McGee was guilty of kidnapping Mary McElroy on May 27, 1933 and holding her for ransom. Mary was the daughter of Henry F. McElroy, City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri.

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Photographs

Mug shot of Bernard Phillips, used as an exhibit in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Phillips was an associate of Frank Nash and suspected to be involved in the Union Station Massacre during the beginning of the investigation.

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Photographs

Mug shot of Hymie Ballew, Inmate No. 42199 at the Missouri State Penitentiary. This photo was used as an exhibit in support of the defendant in the Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Although Gadwood claimed Ballew and his associates were solely responsible for the murder of Lee Flacy, the State of Missouri concluded that Gadwood along with men sent by Ballew traveled to the cafe at 5824 Swope Parkway to murder Flacy. The state also understands that as ward leader for the "rabbit" faction, Gadwood was answering to Hymie Ballew.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in Gadwood's motion for a new trial, Ellison affirms that Gadwood was guilty of murdering Lee Flacy on March 27, 1934. The alleged murder occurred "during a city election in Kansas City at a restaurant located at 5824 Swope Parkway, two doors from the polling place for the 25th precinct of the 16th ward." Gadwood was the "rabbit" faction ward leader and Flacy was a "goat" faction precinct captain.

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Photographs

Mug shot of Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The state alleged that "that appellant [Richetti] with two notorious criminals "Pretty Boy" Floyd and Verne Miller, perpetrated the massacre in the attempted execution of a conspiracy to liberate convict Nash."

Object Type: 
Photographs

Photograph of a cafe/delicatessen at 5824 Swope Parkway, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates murdered Lee Flacy at this location. This vantage point faces southwest in the median of Swope Parkway and shows the delicatessen to the right underneath the Miller High Life advertisement. The intersection of Swope Parkway and 58th Street Terrace is pictured to the left.

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Transcriptions

Kansas City Police Department radio logs from the morning of June 17, 1933 during the Union Station Massacre. These transcriptions were used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The report describes the suspects as "very neatly dressed."

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