Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression
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Letter from Floyd E. Jacobs regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Jacobs writes that he is concerned Higgins "received a heavier sentence than others who at least were equally guilty," believes he deserves credit for his service in the World War, and thinks his family is in great need of his support. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 5th 1940

Letter from Morton I. Newell regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Newell writes that Higgins will "again become a useful citizen" and that he and his family "have suffered sufficiently to warrant any parole." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 10th 1940

Letter from Herbert Corey regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Corey writes that, while Higgins was undoubtedly guilty as charged, "he is not a criminal at heart," and "was the perfect victim for a political machine," describing him as "a stumbling, jovial, well meaning man who was able to do some good for his city." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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July 5th 1940

Letter from Clay C. Rogers regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Rogers writes that "the good which flowed from [Higgins'] activities far overbalance any wrong which he committed," and alludes to Tom Pendergast serving a lighter sentence for a worse crime. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 7th 1940

Letter from E. G. Borserine, president of Yellow Cab Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Borserine writes of his belief that Higgins was "largely the victim of most unfortunate circumstances" and believes "he will prove a good citizen and an asset to the business life of this community." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 12th 1940

FBI report for Giuseppe "Joseph" DeLuca, Inmate #1742-TT, which records his current and prior charges and sentences. DeLuca was sentenced to three years in the Federal Correctional Institution at Texarkana, Texas, after being convicted of selling and concealing narcotics.

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September 10th 1945

Letter from Frank J. Dean, managing director of the Hotel President, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Dean writes that he worked with Higgins as a member of the Kansas City Safety Council, and "was very much impressed with his deep regard for safety," and that he believes Higgins has "suffered enough." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 12th 1940

Letter from Chester C. Smith, president of the Kansas City Power and Light Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Smith writes that he believes Higgins "has been and ... can still be a very useful citizen in the community," and asks that "he be permitted to return to start his life again." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 2nd 1940

Admission summary for Giuseppe "Joseph" DeLuca, Inmate #1742-TT, describing his previous record, family and personal data, medical and psychiatric status, and recommendations for his imprisonment. DeLuca was sentenced to three years in the Federal Correctional Institution at Texarkana, Texas, after being convicted of selling and concealing narcotics.

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May 19th 1943

Letter from G. R. Watson regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Watson, a neighbor of the Higgins family, writes with compliments for the whole family, and saying that good and moral children could only come from "parents [who] are good citizens and good people." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 8th 1940

Letter from James H. Anderson regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Anderson writes of Higgins' commendations as a war correspondent, including "the personal commendation of our great General, John J. Pershing," and states his confidence that Higgins will "become a valuable citizen in our community" upon his parole. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 5th 1940

Letter from Alex F. Sachs, Jackson County highway engineer, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Sachs writes that Higgins has long "been actively interested in many worth while civic activities," and will "again become a useful and respected member of society." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 9th 1940

Letter from Alexander W. Graham, Kansas City, Missouri, postmaster, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Graham believes Higgins, upon his parole, "will make an earnest and strenuous effort to rehabilitate himself." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 2nd 1940

Letter from Nathan Young, president of the Star Boat and Motor Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Young writes that he and Higgins have been neighbors and served together on boards, and believes that if paroled, the subject "would become a good citizen in every respect." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 23rd 1940

Letter from A. G. Carter regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Carter writes that Higgins is "a gentleman, a good business man, and an asset to the community," and notes that Higgins is th father-in-law of his son, and "has been kind and helpful" in that role. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 6th 1940

Letter from Louis G. Loschke, assistant cashier at City National Bank & Trust Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Loschke writes that he is Higgins' brother-in-law, and attests the positive assets of his sister and her husband, and his intentions to live a good citizen. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 13th 1940

Letter from Dan L. Fennell regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Fennell writes that he has known Higgins since high school and later worked with him while serving as president of the Kansas City Safety Council, and states his belief that Higgins is "entirely repentant" and intends to become "a useful and law abiding member of the community." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 17th 1940

Letter from Kansas City, Kansas, postermaster A. H. Gillis regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Gillis writes that he has known Higgins since boyhood and that he will "make a comeback to citizenship" if paroled, and that his family has been "victims of untold suffering and humiliation" for his first offense. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 6th 1940

Parole progress report for Giuseppe "Joseph" DeLuca, Inmate #1742-TT, recording his prior employment, mental and physical condition, correspondents, and post-parole plans. DeLuca was sentenced to three years in the Federal Correctional Institution at Texarkana, Texas, after being convicted of selling and concealing narcotics, and his parole was denied at this time.

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March 1944

Letter from attorney J. Frank Flynn regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Flynn writes that he has known Higgins since they were law school students, and states that he "associated with respectable people and had a good reputation." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 12th 1940

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