Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Missouri State Archives

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Photographs

Photograph of Vivian Mathias, Vernon C. Miller's girlfriend. This photograph was used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Mathias plead guilty in a separate case to concealing and harboring Miller in his Chicago apartment after the Union Station Massacre.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Case No. 35302: State ex rel. County of Jackson, State of Missouri, David E. Long, J.W. Hostetter and Battle McCardle, as judges of the county court of Jackson County, Missouri, and William Hicks, as clerk of the county court of Jackson County, Missouri, petitioners, vs. Honorable Marion D. Waltner, Judge of the circuit court of Jackson County, Missouri, and Clarence B. Reed, respondents. Ellison details respondent Reed's petition for injunction to contest the results of a bond election during the August 1936 primary.

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Photographs

Photograph of a wrecked Chrysler sedan, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates used this and two other cars to travel to the cafe/delicatessen where he murdered Lee Flacy. After Flacy was shot, he returned fire on his assailants as they began to flee the scene in this car. The sedan received further damage after it struck an object in an attempt to escape.

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Photographs

Mug shot of Vernon C. Miller or Verne Miller, 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."

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Miscellaneous Documents

Government Identification Order for Robert G. Brady, used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Brady's aliases include Bob Brady, Pat Brady, J. H. Taylor, and Bob Ross and is described as 29 years old, 6'1.5", 187 lbs., with large build, black to gray hair, brown eyes, and dark complexion.

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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 occured "during a city election in Kansas City at a restuarant 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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Miscellaneous Documents

Order to Show Cause 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. This document accuses Graves 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. Missouri Supreme Court Clerk E. F. Elliot orders Graves to come before the court and answer to these allegations.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Government Identification Order for Robert G. Brady, used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Brady's aliases include Bob Brady, Pat Brady, J. H. Taylor, and Bob Ross and is described as 29 years old, 6'1.5", 187 lbs., with large build, black to gray hair, brown eyes, and dark complexion.

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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.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Government Identification Order for Bernard Phillips, used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Phillips is also known as B. A. Courtney and is described as 38 years old, 5'8", 203 lbs., stout, chestnut black hair, azure light eyes, and light complexion.

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.

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