Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri

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Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6471: United States vs. Elton Apt and Arthur L. Curran, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Commitment of Robert Carnahan in the trial of Criminal Case No. 8046: United States vs. Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Robert Carnahan and B. E. Rector, defendants. The document notes that Carnahan was found guilty of conspiracy to violate the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to serve one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. Carnahan was delivered to the warden of the penitentiary on April 15, 1930.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 8389: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanni, defendant. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendants' arrest on January 7, 1928, the witnesses who appeared, and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner James S. Summers held that Joe DiGiovanni was "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $2500.00, and ordered him to appear in the District Court on January 7, 1928.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 8559: United States vs. Angelo Troyer, defendant. Troyer was charged with, in Count I, possessing unregistered distilling equipment, i.e. a 50-gallon whiskey still; in Count II, operating a distillery "with the intent to defraud the United States of America of the tax on the spirits"; in Count III, operating a "distilling apparatus" inside a dwelling at 617 Holmes Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9384: United States vs. Sam Pallino and Joseph DiGiovanna, defendants. The document reports that Joe DiGiovanna was charged with violating the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to a fine of $400.00 and to remain in Lafayette County Jail until the fine is paid or until his sentence from Case No. 9207 is served.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 11781: United States vs. Gus Gargotta, Hallitt Perkins, Willie Cox, Fred Sorisso and George Evans, defendants. The defendants were charged in multiple counts: in Count I, sale of eight ounces of whiskey; in Count II, another sale of eight ounces of whiskey; in Count III, with operating "the business of a retail dealer in intoxicating liquor" without having paid the appropriate tax; and in Count IV, with maintaining a common nuisance at 503 Walnut Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 12392: United States vs. Frank Balestrere, defendant.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Verdict in the trial of Criminal Case No. 12584: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. The defendant was found guilty in all three counts of illegal weapons charges. Gargotta was a Pendergast ally and organized crime leader, and the case is part of a shootout incident involving Sheriff Thomas Bash, rival bootlegger Ferris Anthon, and others.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Judgments and commitment in Criminal Case No. 13683: United States vs. J. R. Hennessey, Sam Goucher, Lula Overly, Charles O. Jackson, Viola Turner, and Jack Turner, defendants. The documents report that Hennessey, Overly, Jackson, and Viola Turner entered a plea of nolo contendere and was sentenced to two months in jail, then suspended for two years probation, and a $250 fine. Goucher entered a plea of nolo contendere and was sentenced to three months in jail, then suspended for two years probation, and a $250 fine.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Pre-sentence investigation in Criminal Case No. 13411: United States vs. Phillip Casciapoia, alias Tony Russo, defendant. The investigation summarizes the charges against Casciapoia, additional facts in the case, and his personal history including work and family information. It also includes information from interviews with Casciapoia's tenants, vendors, and others who could attest to his character and habits. His criminal record and that of his family are also listed.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13840: United States vs. Mary Goldstein, Dennis Sheedy, Harry Goldberg, Dick Burus, William D. Gorman, and Harry Rosenberg, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 15th Precinct of the 1st Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14115: United States vs. John Jenkins, Edmund B. O'Brien, "Pete" Wilson Brummet, Dan Wiczkoski, Fred Johnston, Leona M. O'Brien, John F. Green, Elizabeth England, Clara Wilk, and Merle Thompson, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 21st Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

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