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FBI record for Peter DiGiovanni listing IRS and liquor violations, and including biographical information and a physical description.

Date: 
August 25th 1950

FBI record for Kansas City organized crime figure Joseph "Scarface" DiGiovanni, including his home and work addresses, as well as listing charges from 1944 and 1946.

Date: 
September 19th 1950

Photograph of James Balestrere, Kansas City organized crime figure who was involved in bootleg efforts during Prohibition and later owner of the White House Tavern, located south of the Kansas City city limits.

Memorandum regarding Gus Gargotta, describing him as a brother of Charles Gargotta and operator of the Green Hills gambling club near Parkville, Missouri. He is also described as having interest in other gambling establishments in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, and also been charged with bank robbery, murder, and other crimes.

Date: 
July 14th 1950

Memorandum regarding Holt Coffey, former sheriff of Platte County, Missouri. The memo states as known that Coffey "accepted pay-offs from the operators of the Green Hills Club," and splitting that money iwth R. P. C. Wilson, III, the former Platte County Attorney.

FBI report for Gus Gargotta, including Prohibition violations, bank robbery, murder, and other charges in Kansas City, Omaha, and Wichita. The document also includes biographical information and a physical description.

Date: 
August 25th 1950

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

Memorandum describing testimony given by Walt Rainey, a member of the Joe Shannon-led Rabbit Club and associate of Max Jaben and "Johnny Mag" Mangiaracina. Rainey is described as under indictment in state court for operating a "policy game" and in federal court for tax fraud.

Date: 
September 25th 1950

FBI record for Kansas City organized crime figure Frank DeLuca, including violations with the Immigration and Nationalization Service.

Date: 
September 19th 1950

Altered photograph of Nick Penna, chauffeur and bodyguard to Kansas City crime boss Charles Binaggio.

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

Date: 
1948

Memorandum including biographical and criminal history for Frank DeLuca, Kansas City organized crime figure. DeLuca immigrated from Italy in 1923 to join his brothers Joseph and Samuel, associates of Mafia boss Johnny Lazia. DeLuca is described as being a close associate of St. Louisan Tony Lopiparo, and as having killed a man named Ed Murry in his Florida Blossom saloon in 1936. He was also investigated for involvement in alcohol and narcotics violations.

Date: 
1950

FBI record for James Balestrere, number 3707086. The record provides a physical description of the individual provided by the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Police Department, where Balestrere once resided.

Memorandum regarding "Johnny Mag" Mangiaracina, noting that he has a history of 48 arrests by the Kansas City Police Department, and a felony conviction for fur robbery. Mangiaracina is described as "a third-rate hoodlum" who is affiliated with Kansas City boss Charles Binaggio. Thomas Simone is listed as his "constant friend and inseparable companion."

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

Letter from Joseph T. Lenge to Charles Binaggio, thanking him for the support of the First Ward Democratic Club in a recent campaign. Lenge was a candidate for Jackson County assessor in 1948.

Date: 
November 9th 1948

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