Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Board of Police Commissioners

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Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum containing a statement from an unnamed former member of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and his contacts with Charles Binaggio. He describes efforts by "the Binaggio political group" to remove him from the police board, and a meeting with Binaggio arranged by Herman Rosenberg, wherein Binaggio stated that he felt his group was due patronage and favors due to their support of Governor Smith's election.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding James M. Pendergast, nephew of Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast. The document discusses his involvement in the 1948 election of Forest Smith as Missouri governor, with the understanding that Smith would allow crime boss Charles Binaggio to have greater influence over the Kansas City police board of commissioners. There are further descriptions of Binaggio's attempts to take advantage of Pendergast's influence prior to that time, and of election fraud efforts in 1946 and 1947.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Summary of the testimony that Sheridan E. Farrell, manager of the Philips Hotel and former police commissioner, is expected to provide. Farrell denies that "his desire to change the police chief had anything to do with his desire to have an open town," and denies speaking to Kansas City crime boss Charles Binaggio about the police board or having an open town, and asserts that Jacob "Tuck" Milligan recommended Braun for chief of police.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Mrs. H. R. Sharp, state parole officer, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Sharp writes that she worked as Higgins' personal secretary for over fifteen years, and that from her experience as a parole officer, she believes that the subject has "been sufficiently punished," and will "be of valuable service to 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.