List of records at the Wyandotte County Courthouse, including the vault and other storage areas, and encompassing numerous county offices and departments. County records were being assessed and organized as part of a Works Progress Administration project through the Federal Writers' Project's Historical Records Survey.
Memorandum regarding J. A. Purdome, sheriff of Jackson County, Missouri. The memo notes rumors that Purdome received payoffs from Jackson County taverns while serving as Chief Deputy in the Sheriff's office, and that those payoffs were split 50-50 with Kansas City crime boss Charles Binaggio.
Memorandum regarding Kansas City, Kansas, Chief of Police Will Johns, stating that he will testify about raids on the State Line Club and surveys done to determine how much of the business existed on each side of the Missouri/Kansas state line.
Testimony of Simon Partnoy who operated a Kansas City wire service from 1939 to 1950. The wire service, known by various names including Universal News Distributing Company, was owned by Edward Ochadsey, aka Eddy Spitz, "Snag" Klein, Thomas "Tano" Lococo, and Charles Gargotta. The testimony describes Partnoy starting the Eagle Scratch Sheet publication in order to classify the wire service as a publishing company, and receiving threats from Eddy Lenz.
Report from a grand jury inquiry concerning federal law violations and the personals involved in the Western District of Missouri. The grand jury heard from 185 witnesses, with 90% of those witnesses being law violators, and determined "there is no organized attempt" at violating federal laws in the district, and those violations "are committed by individuals rather than by a regular organized concert of individuals or by some crime syndicate." The report goes on to discuss the court's belief that its quick processing of cases has a deterrent effect on crime.
Kansas City Police Department record noting James Balestrere's arrest on March 19, 1940, on charges of speeding and lacking a city or state auto license. The city license charge was dismissed, and Balestrere was fined $5 for each of the other two charges. The document also includes Balestrere's home address.