United States Board of Parole

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Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from E. G. Borserine, president of Yellow Cab Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Borserine writes of his belief that Higgins was "largely the victim of most unfortunate circumstances" and believes "he will prove a good citizen and an asset to the business life of this community." 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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Mrs. H. R. Sharp, state parole officer, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Sharp writes that she worked as Higgins' personal secretary for over fifteen years, and that from her experience as a parole officer, she believes that the subject has "been sufficiently punished," and will "be of valuable service to this community." 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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Stanley R. Fike, treasurer of Inter-City Press, Inc., regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, owner of the business. Fike writes that Higgins was an engaged boss and states that he is proud "proud to say I am his friend." 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.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Frank J. Dean, managing director of the Hotel President, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Dean writes that he worked with Higgins as a member of the Kansas City Safety Council, and "was very much impressed with his deep regard for safety," and that he believes Higgins has "suffered enough." 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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Anthony R. Gizzo, Inmate #20547 to the United States Penitentiary Board of Parole, applying for parole and vowing to "live and remain at liberty without violating the laws." Gizzo was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth on drug charges.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Ludwick Graves regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Graves, president of the Kansas City School District, writes that Higgins "really is a very fine man [who] regrets to the utmost what he did." 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.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Chester C. Smith, president of the Kansas City Power and Light Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Smith writes that he believes Higgins "has been and ... can still be a very useful citizen in the community," and asks that "he be permitted to return to start his life again." 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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Ruby D. Garrett regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Garrett, an attorney and Pendergast ally, writes of Higgins' service as a war correspondent during World War I, noting that "no man ever showed finer gourage, or greater loyalty," and that he is currently being punished "for the only wrong of which I have ever heard connected with his name." 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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Eugene C. Trefz regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Trefz writes that he believes Higgins to be "a good industrious citizen" who "should be allowed to again support his family." 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.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Letter from Floy Smith to the United States Parole Board regarding Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. Smith writes to protest the parole of Pendergast, saying that Pendergast surely "considered himself getting off very easy with only a 15-months' sentence," and that it would be just for him to serve the full sentence. 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.

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