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William E. Byers Speech ("1940")

Text of a speech given by William E. Byers in Slater, Missouri on April 20, 1939. It discusses the activities of the Pendergast political machine and his hope for a future government based on "Americanism."

U.S. vs. Elton Apt, Arthur L. Curran, Ray Kirk, et al.: Joseph Lusco Direct Examination Transcript

Transcript of examination of Joseph Lusco before the Grand Jury in Criminal Case No. 6469: United States vs. Elton Apt, Arthur L. Curran, Ray Kirk, Isaac E. Martin, Benno Grauenbaum, Harvey Storms, Manning Wilcox, defendants. The transcript examination of Joseph Lusco regarding his experience with Agents Wilcox and Curran. Lusco had a pending Prohibition violation case, and had previously been convicted of other Prohibition violations. When Lusco was asked where he kept his liquor, he replied "That is for you to find out."

U.S. vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, et al.: Court's Ruling on Motions for New Trial, and Sentences

Court's ruling on motions for new trial, and sentences in Criminal Case No. 13682: United States vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, Everett Pippin, Bessie D. Adams, Charles H. Kaiser, and James McNamara, defendants. Defendants appeared for sentencing beginning on April 16, 1937, and the court rejected Shannabarger's attorneys motion for a new trial.

Tony Gizzo Testimony for the Kefauver Committee

Photographs and quotes from Tony Gizzo, Kansas City mafia figure, during his testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, popularly known as the Kefauver Committee. Gizzo is quoted as saying "Senator, I wish to hell you would tell me what the Mafia is. I never even heard of it."

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Parole Hearing Transcript

Transcript of minutes from Tom Pendergast's parole hearing before Arthur D. Wood, chairman of the United States Board of Parole. Pendergast notes his health problems, including a bad heart and colostomy, and lack of prior convictions, as reasons he should be released from the penitentiary. He also discusses his family, his role at Ready Mixed Concrete Company, and a pending indictment in state court.

Thomas W. Parrent Campaign Speech

Transcript of a speech given by Thomas W. Parrent running for Democratic nominee for Jackson County judge in the 1922 local primary election. Parrent primarily discusses road improvement throughout Jackson County, Missouri. Parrent lost to Harry S. Truman 39 - 117.

Testimony of Thomas J. Pendergast Jr. before the Internal Revenue Service

Transcript of testimony given by Thomas J. Pendergast Jr. in the office of the Intelligence Unit of the Internal Revenue Service at 1301 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Internal Revenue Agent P. J. McGrath asks various questions related to Thomas J. Pendergast Jr.'s finances starting in 1932.

Radio Talk by Major Lloyd C. Stark, Democratic Candidate for Governor Over Station KSD, St. Louis

Transcript of a speech given by candidate Lloyd Stark on the eve of the Missouri elections. The speech was given over KSD radio on Monday, Nov. 2 from 4:45 to 5 p.m.

Proceedings of the Second Imperial Klonvokation

Proceedings of the Second Imperial Klonvokation of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, held at the Convention Hall in Kansas City, MO in September 1924. Several names of klansmen were redacted in this publication of the proceedings, including ones from Kansas City. Notable named speakers include George C. McCarron, Grand Dragon and Governor Clifford Walker of Georgia.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Parole Hearing Transcript

Transcript of the parole hearing for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, before the Judge T. Webber Wilson. Wilson questions Higgins about his crime of income tax evasion, his work and personal history, and his plans for work should he be paroled.

Missouri vs. Adam Richetti: Defendant's Exhibit M, N, O, & P

Kansas City Police Department radio logs from the morning of June 17, 1933 during the Union Station Massacre. These transcriptions were used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The report describes the suspects as "very neatly dressed."

Memorandum of Interview with Lucile Bluford

Memorandum recounting a meeting with Lucile Bluford as recounted by S. W. Canada, registrar at the University of Missouri. Canada writes that Bluford visited his office the afternoon of February 5, 1941, with another woman, to follow up on her telegram reporting that Lincoln University offered no journalism coursework and thus is not a substite for University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She requests admission to the MU program, and Canada reiterates that he has no authority to offer her admission.