Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Search

Displaying 1 - 20 of 26

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.

Date: 
June 17th 1933

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."

Date: 
June 17th 1933

Report from KCPD Homicide Bureau after questioning James Balestrere. Balestrere told the officers he works for his son at a liquor store on 18th Street, and "has been out of the rackets for some time." He denied knowledge of the Mafia or Black Hand Society, and said that he had no information on the killings of Charles Binaggio or Charles Gargotta.

Date: 
April 15th 1950

Kansas City Police Department mugshot of Walt Rainey, an ally of numerous Kansas City organized crime figures.

Date: 
1948

Kansas City Police Department record for "Johnny Mag" Mangiaracina, including charges of theft and larceny, numerous liquor violations, gambling, income tax evasion, and involvement in the murder of crime boss John Lazia. The record also includes prison sentences and fines for many of the listed crimes.

Kansas City Police Department record for Nick Penna, listing numerous traffic violations from 1940 to 1945.

Kansas City Police Department record for Kansas City organized crime figure Joseph "Scarface" DiGiovanni. DiGiovanni was charged with liquor violations beginning in 1921.

Kansas City Police Department full-length photographs of John Mangiaricina.

Date: 
May 3rd 1950

Kansas City Police Department record noting James Balestrere's arrest on March 19, 1940, on charges of speeding and lacking a city or state auto license. The city license charge was dismissed, and Balestrere was fined $5 for each of the other two charges. The document also includes Balestrere's home address.

Date: 
March 19th 1940

Kansas City Police Department report on Walt Rainey, including numerous traffic and liquor violations, as well as a charge of income tax violation, ranging from 1918 to 1950.

Kansas City Police Department mugshot of organized crime figure Frank DeLuca.

Date: 
June 13th 1942

Kansas City Police Department mugshot of organized crime figure Frank DeLuca.

Date: 
June 12th 1942

Kansas City Police Department record for Kansas City organized crime figure Frank Deluca. DeLuca was charged with numerous traffic, liquor, and other violations beginning in 1923.

Kansas City Police Department record for Pete DiGiovanni, including charges for liquor violation and murder.

Kansas City Police Department full length photographs of organized crime figure Joseph DeLuca.

Date: 
June 12th 1942

Kansas City Police Department record for Kansas City organized crime figure Joseph Deluca. DeLuca was charged with traffic, liquor, narcotics, and other violations beginning in 1927.

Kansas City Police Department mugshot of Charles "Mad Dog" Gargotta. Gargotta was a prominent organized crime figure in Kansas City who was found shot in April, 1950 along with Charles Binaggio at the First Ward Democratic Club.

Date: 
1947

Kansas City Police Department mugshot of Charles Binaggio. Binaggio, organized crime boss and ally of Tom Pendergast who rose to greater power after Pendergast's imprisonment, was found shot in April, 1950 along with Charles Gargotta at the First Ward Democratic Club.

Kansas City Police Department record for Morris "Snag" Klein, including numerous charges of disturbing the peace, traffic violations, and running a gambling game and keeping gambling equipment, from 1930 to 1948.

Report from Kansas City Police Department detectives listing "persons having masses said at the Holy Rosary Church in memory of Charles Gargotta," including Mr. and Mrs. Marion Nigro, Mr. and Mrs. Pete DiGiovanni, Mr. and Mrs. John Blando, and other individuals, families, and businesses.

Date: 
April 13th 1950

Pages

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.