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Document assessing information about Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, as relates to his potential parole. The document includes statements that the Pendergast family "has lived in luxury," that Pendergast has no financially dependent family members, and notes that his reputation is divided - friends are "fanatical in their devotion and enemies are equally fanatical in their prejudices." Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S.

Date: 
June 28th 1939

Letter from N. R. Timmons, Chief Parole Officer at the Leavenworth Penitentiary, to the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds, requesting confirmation of the marital status of Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. Recorder John P. Sherrod replies with confirmation that Pendergast married Carolyn "Carrie" E. Snider on February 3, 1911. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

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June 2nd 1939

Partial admission summary for Frank H. Adams, Inmate #52957, with psychiatric assessment and recommendations. Adams was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of vote fraud in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
May 12th 1938

Partial admission summary of Frank Ditsch, Inmate #52958, which includes a neuropsychiatric report noting his intelligence and health, and makes custody and education recommendations for his sentence. Ditsch was sentenced to three years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
May 12th 1938

Partial admission summary for Edson M. Walker, Inmate #52960, which includes a neuropsychiatric report noting his intelligence, health, and agreeable personality, and makes custody and education recommendations for his sentence. Walker was sentenced to three years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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May 12th 1938

Partial admission summary of John T. Little, Inmate #52961, which includes a neuropsychiatric report noting his intelligence and health, and makes custody and education recommendations for his sentence. Little was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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May 12th 1938

Partial admission summary of George Neeper, Inmate #52959, which includes a neuropsychiatric report noting his intelligence and health, and makes custody and education recommendations for his sentence. Neeper was sentenced to three years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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May 12th 1938

Partial admission summary of John H. Drummond, Inmate #52962, which includes a neuropsychiatric report noting his intelligence and anxious personality, and makes custody and education recommendations for his sentence. Drummond was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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May 12th 1938

Partial admission summary for Harley Sampson, Inmate #53015, which includes a neuropsychiatric report noting his score on an intelligence test and friendly personality, and makes custody and education recommendations for his sentence. Sampson was sentenced to one year in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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May 26th 1938

Correspondence and relative list for Frank P. Dixon, Inmate #53423, listing the names and addresses of his parents, sister, wife, and son. Dixon was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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July 21st 1938

List of authorized correspondents and other relatives for Glenn Barnard, Inmate #53424, which lists the names and addresses of his parents, siblings, and a friend. Barnard was sentenced to one year and six months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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July 20th 1938

Admission summary for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which records his family background, health and economic status, and makes custodial, educational, and work duty recommendations. The summary reports that he was involved in activities of a "questionable nature" with the Pendergast Machine. 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.

Date: 
November 20th 1939

Correspondence regarding Lemuel Hawkins, Inmate #39929, after he was shot and killed in a robbery on August 19, 1934. Record Clerk Carl Zarter provides the requested background information and criminal record of Lemuel Hawkins after his death. Hawkins was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of violating the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act.

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September 6th 1934

Special progress report for Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, denies O'Malley's request to a new work assignment in the dairy. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for tax evasion.

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July 6th 1939

List of desired correspondents for Thomas Audley, Inmate #53426, which includes the names and mailing addresses of his parents, wife, and children. Audley was sentenced to one year and six months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
July 20th 1938

Correspondence and relative sheet for Sam Brenner, Inmate #53427, listing names and mailing addresses for his parents, siblings, and wife. Brenner was sentenced to one year and three months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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July 21st 1938

Correspondence and relative sheet for Ernest Williams, Inmate #53428, listing his parents, wife, and other friends and family members and their mailing addresses. Williams was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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July 20th 1938

Admission summary for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, which records his family background, health and economic status, and note he "is now confined as a patient in the Hospital" due to ongoing health issues. Recommendations include a note that Pendergast should receive close supervision to "avoid his becoming prey for institutional connivers." Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

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May 2nd 1939

Correspondence and Relative sheet of Joseph Maher, Inmate #53422, which lists the names and mailing address of family and friends with whom Maher hoped to correspond during his sentence. Maher was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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July 20th 1938

Admission summary of Richard Galatas, Inmate #46085, describing his previous record, family and personal data, medical and psychiatric status, and recommendations for his imprisonment. Galatas was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy related to the Union Station Massacre.

Date: 
April 29th 1936

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