Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: R. C. Lynn Letter

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Description: 

Letter from Special Agent R. C. Lynn regarding his investigation into Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Lynn argues that Higgins was appointed to his post as director of the Kansas City Police department "over the objections of Mr. T. J. Pendergast and the late Mr. H. F. McElroy, and was merely 'tolerated' by Pendergast while serving in that role. Lynn also reiterates the facts of Higgins' case, specifically noting his income and reported income for the years 1934-1938, and describes him as appearing to be "arrogant, ruthless and domineering" with his subordinates. Higgins was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Object Type: 
Date: 
November 6th 1939
Modern Location: 
Kansas City, MO
Person Name: 
Rights Statement: 
Publication, commercial use, or reproduction of this image or the accompanying data requires prior written permission from the National Archives at College Park. Use of this image also requires that credit be given to the National Archives at College Park.
Call or Box Number, Collection Title: 
NARA ID 580698, Notorious Offenders Files, 1919-1975
Digital Object Identifier: 
NARACP-580698-0003-0006
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