Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, at Kansas City

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Mug shot of Bernard Phillips, used as an exhibit in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Phillips was an associate of Frank Nash and suspected to be involved in the Union Station Massacre during the beginning of the investigation.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Information provided by Prosecuting Attorney W. W. Graves for Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Graves charges Gadwood with the murder of Lee Flacy on May 27, 1934. The alleged murder occured "during a city election in Kansas City at a restuarant located at 5824 Swope Parkway, two doors from the polling place for the 25th precinct of the 16th ward." [Taken from a Opinion from the Supreme Court of Missouri.] Gadwood was the "rabbit" faction ward leader and Flacy was a "goat" faction precinct captain.

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Mug shot of Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The state alleged that "that appellant [Richetti] with two notorious criminals "Pretty Boy" Floyd and Verne Miller, perpetrated the massacre in the attempted execution of a conspiracy to liberate convict Nash."

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Photograph of a small home at 1310 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 33947: State of Missouri vs. Walter H. McGee. McGee instructed Henry F. McElroy to visit this house to obtain further instructions for the payment of ransom and release of McElroy's daughter, Mary McElroy. This vantage point was taken facing north on State Avenue between N 13th Street and N 14th Street in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Photograph of a wrecked Chrysler sedan, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates used this and two other cars to travel to the cafe/delicatessen where he murdered Lee Flacy. After Flacy was shot, he returned fire on his assailants as they began to flee the scene in this car. The sedan received further damage after it struck an object in an attempt to escape.

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Photograph of a wrecked Chrysler sedan, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates used this and two other cars to travel to the cafe/delicatessen where he murdered Lee Flacy. After Flacy was shot, he returned fire on his assailants as they began to flee the scene in this car. The sedan received further damage after it struck an object in an attempt to escape.

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Photograph of a cafe/delicatessen at 5824 Swope Parkway, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates murdered Lee Flacy at this location. This vantage point faces east towards the entrance of the cafe. Cardinal directions are annotated for orientation on the photograph.

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Mug shot of Frank Nash, used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The detained Nash was killed in the Union Station Massacre as FBI agents and police officers attempted to transport him.

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Photograph of a cafe/delicatessen at 5824 Swope Parkway, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates murdered Lee Flacy at this location. This vantage point faces west towards the rear of the cafe.

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Photograph of a home at 5718 County Line Road (now 47th Street), Shawnee, Kansas, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 33947: State of Missouri vs. Walter H. McGee. McGee held Mary McElroy captive in the basement of this residence for $60,000 ransom. He later accepted $30,000 for her release. This vantage point faces east from just north of 47th Street.

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Photograph of Vivian Mathias, Vernon C. Miller's girlfriend. This photograph was used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Mathias plead guilty in a separate case to concealing and harboring Miller in his Chicago apartment after the Union Station Massacre.

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Photograph of a cafe/delicatessen at 5824 Swope Parkway, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates murdered Lee Flacy at this location. This vantage point faces southwest in the median of Swope Parkway and shows the delicatessen to the right underneath the Miller High Life advertisement. The intersection of Swope Parkway and 58th Street Terrace is pictured in center and the Saint Louis Roman Catholic School is pictured in the left background.

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