Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Election Day Murders

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Clipping from the Kansas City Times on October 20, 1966 describing the violence that erupted during the Municipal Election on March 27, 1934. The included photographs show damage done that day in 1934 to an automobile and building owned by the Citizens Fusion party, an anti-Pendergast organization in Kansas City. The article describes election day gang tactics, police complacency, padded voter rolls, and tactics used by Joe Doakes, a Pendergast machine precinct captain. The author then details the murder of Deputy Sheriff Lee Flacy, "a member of the L. C.

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Periodicals

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, about the effusive spending of city funds on the Kansas City Zoo, comparing the luxurious living conditions of a tiger there to many thousands of Kansas Citians with very poor housing and utilities, etc., including illustrative photos. Other featured articles include: “Arson Aylor” (p.

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Photographs

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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Photographs

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 to the left.

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Photographs

Photograph of a bullet hole on 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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Photographs

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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Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in Gadwood's motion for a new trial, Ellison affirms that Gadwood was guilty of murdering Lee Flacy on March 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." Gadwood was the "rabbit" faction ward leader and Flacy was a "goat" faction precinct captain.

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Photographs

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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Photographs

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. Cardinal directions and indications of bullet holes are annotated on the photograph.

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Photographs

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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Photographs

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. Street names and cardinal directions are annotated on the photograph.

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Photographs

Mug shot of Hymie Ballew, Inmate No. 42199 at the Missouri State Penitentiary. This photo was used as an exhibit in support of the defendant in the Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Although Gadwood claimed Ballew and his associates were solely responsible for the murder of Lee Flacy, the State of Missouri concluded that Gadwood along with men sent by Ballew traveled to the cafe at 5824 Swope Parkway to murder Flacy. The state also understands that as ward leader for the "rabbit" faction, Gadwood was answering to Hymie Ballew.

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