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William Houston National Lawyers Guild Dues Bill

Bill for national and chapter dues owed by William L. Houston to the National Layers Guild, District of COlumbia Chapter.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Parole Denial Press Release

Press release announcing that, after a hearing at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth and further consideration in Washington, D.C., the United States Board of Parole concluded that "parole issuance in the case of Thomas J. Pendergast would be unjustifiable and incompatible with the public interest," and thus is denied.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Letter from James V. Bennett to Robert H. Hudspeth

Letter from James V. Bennett, Director of the Bureau of Prisons, to Robert Hudspeth, warden of the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, regarding Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. Bennett writes regarding allegations made by Governor Lloyd Stark that Pendergast "was directing his political organization from Leavenworth," and his discussion about that issue with Elmer Irey, who works in Treasury Department law enforcement. Irey concluded that Stark was misinformed, and that Pendergast was not engaged in political activity from prison.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Letter from James V. Bennett to A. D. Fairbanks

Letter from James V. Bennett, Director of the Bureau of Prisons, to U.S. Marshal A. D. Fairbanks regarding Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. In it, Bennett writes that he does not believe they should depart from regulations to allow "special visits" from a Mr. Smith to Pendergast while in custody, and notes that Pendergast "has less than a month and a half yet to serve" and therefore will soon be free to have visitors at any time.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Justin K. Fuller Memorandum

Memorandum written by Justin K. Fuller, Medical Director of the United States Bureau of Prisons, regarding a medical report on Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. The memo discusses Pendergast's health, and notes that a "heart such as this is a very serious thing indeed," and that it is hard to predict how long he might live. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: FBI Report

FBI report on Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, listing charges against him and sentence he received. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Certificate of Conditional Release

Certificate of Conditional Release for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, stating that Pendergast is receiving a reduction of 90 days from his original sentence on the condition that a fine of $10,000 and past due income taxes are paid. The document also lists Lewis J. Grout as Pendergast's probation officer, and includes a receipt noting the $10,000 fine was paid on April 29, 1940. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: FBI Report

FBI report on Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, listing the charges against him and sentence he received. 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: FBI Report

FBI report for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which records his charges and sentences. 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Corey Parole Recommendation

Letter from Herbert Corey regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Corey writes that, while Higgins was undoubtedly guilty as charged, "he is not a criminal at heart," and "was the perfect victim for a political machine," describing him as "a stumbling, jovial, well meaning man who was able to do some good for his city." 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.

Occupation of workers on relief in Kansas City, Mo. Press Release

Press release on a report by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration on the occupation of workers on relief in Kansas City, Missouri. The report states that 16,000 "employable persons" were on relief in the city as of May, 1934, with the largest portion formerly employed in manufacturing, building, and construction, and describes the racial and gender breakdowns of the group. The report notes that only two percent of the workers on relief were professionals, and that many of those were musicians, actors, artists, and teachers.

Kefauver Committee Exhibit No. 9

Diagram from the Kansas City Hearings of the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, illustrating the Kansas City Mafia's involvement in night clubs, liquor businesses, bookmaking and other gambling, voter fraud, narcotics, and murder, among other areas. Charles Binaggio is depicted as the leader of the organization, with Charles Gargotta, "Eddy Spitz" Ochadsey, Morris Klein, and Tano Lococo among his close associates.