Binaggio, Charles

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Memorandum regarding "Johnny Mag" Mangiaracina, noting that he has a history of 48 arrests by the Kansas City Police Department, and a felony conviction for fur robbery. Mangiaracina is described as "a third-rate hoodlum" who is affiliated with Kansas City boss Charles Binaggio. Thomas Simone is listed as his "constant friend and inseparable companion."

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Report from Kansas City Police Department detectives listing "persons having masses said at the Holy Rosary Church in memory of Charles Gargotta," including Mr. and Mrs. Marion Nigro, Mr. and Mrs. Pete DiGiovanni, Mr. and Mrs. John Blando, and other individuals, families, and businesses.

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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.

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Memorandum regarding Tony Gizzo, who ran various bookmaking operations throughout Kansas City, as well as being involved in the liquor distribution business. Through these businesses he worked with Kansas City mob boss Charles Binaggio, Charles Carollo, Charles Gargotta, and others. Gizzo's suspected earnings from his gambling and liquor enterprises are included.

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Profiles of prominent Kansas City organized crime figures, including Charles Binaggio, Gaetano "Thomas" Lococo, and James Balestrere.

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Memorandum regarding James M. Pendergast, nephew of Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast. The document discusses his involvement in the 1948 election of Forest Smith as Missouri governor, with the understanding that Smith would allow crime boss Charles Binaggio to have greater influence over the Kansas City police board of commissioners. There are further descriptions of Binaggio's attempts to take advantage of Pendergast's influence prior to that time, and of election fraud efforts in 1946 and 1947.

Charles Binaggio
Author: 
David Conrads

Charles Binaggio was a gangster who fought his way to the top of the underworld heap more through politics than crime. A trim, well-dressed "man of lethal calm," as he was once described, Binaggio was a lieutenant in the political machine of Tom Pendergast and had close ties to crime boss Johnny Lazia. When Pendergast fell from power in 1939 and his organization started to unravel, Binaggio emerged as the new leader of the city’s underworld and ran much of Kansas City in the 1940s.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Order in Criminal Case No. 11769: United States vs. Pat Noonan, Joe School, Charles Binaggio, Milan Redis, Glen White, Eddie Moran, Link Moran, Silas Counts, and Frank Hart, defendants. Judge Albert L. Reeves orders the case be dismissed.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 11769: United States vs. Pat Noonan, Joe School, Charles Binaggio, Milan Redis, Glen White, Eddie Moran, Link Moran, Silas Counts, and Frank Hart, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiracy to "barter, sell, transport and manufacture certain intoxicating liquors, to-wit: whiskey, alcohol, gin, ale and beer" and with maintaining a common nuisance at the White House Tavern, or Kit Kat Nite Club, near 82nd and Troost.

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Warrant to apprehend in Criminal Case No. 11769: United States vs. Pat Noonan, Joe School, Charles Binaggio, Milan Redis, Glen White, Eddie Moran, Link Moran, Silas Counts, and Frank Hart, defendants. Commissioner James S. Summers approved the warrant to arrest the defendants per an account by Special Agent Martin J. Lahart that he and another investigator were able to purchase six whiskey highballs, and witnessed other customers purchasing cocktails and beer.

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Correspondence

Letter from Joseph F. Keirnan, Director of the Department of Liquor Control of Kansas City to attorney Jerome K. Walsh. Keirnan talks of his meeting with former North Side [Columbus Park] precinct captain Johnnie Cozzi. Cozzi devulged that Gene Paul Bradshaw, Republican candidate for Missouri governor, visited the Jungle Club at 313 East 10th Street where he spoke with Bully Rich, an "Italian hoodlum", who pledged his support for Bradshaw.

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