United States Board of Parole

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Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Strickler Parole Recommendation

Letter from Thomas J. Strickler regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Strickler writes that, in his view, Higgins "has very definitely learned his lesson" and will make a "good citizen" upon his release. 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: Sporn Parole Recommendation

Letter from Sol Sporn, president of Gelhaar Uniform Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Sporn writes that he knows Higgins to be "a fine, up-standing citizen in every respect," and says he will "again be the fine citizen that he was before this misfortune occurred." 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: Smith Parole Recommendation

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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Small Parole Recommendation

Letter from Dr. Walter L. Smalls, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Smalls writes that Higgins was "thoroughly penitent [and] lashed by agonizing remorse" when he confessed his guilt, and lists his many positive assets and contributions to the 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Sharp Parole Recommendation

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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Scheark Parole Recommendation

Letter from Harry E. Scheark regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Scheark writes that as president of the Kansas City Safety Council, he worked Higgins and found him "sincere in all his efforts to better conditions in Kansas City," and belives that he may again become a "worthy citizen." 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: Saper Parole Recommendation

Letter from attorney Alexander D. Saper regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Saper writes that he practiced law with Higgins between 1922 and 1934, and believes he was a "clear victim of circumstance" due to his association with the Pendergast Machine, and that he is otherwise "intelligent [and] industrious" and will "be able to rehabilitate himself." 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: Sachs Parole Recommendation

Letter from Alex F. Sachs, Jackson County highway engineer, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Sachs writes that Higgins has long "been actively interested in many worth while civic activities," and will "again become a useful and respected member of society." 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: Rogers Parole Recommendation

Letter from Clay C. Rogers regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Rogers writes that "the good which flowed from [Higgins'] activities far overbalance any wrong which he committed," and alludes to Tom Pendergast serving a lighter sentence for a worse crime. 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: Parole Reconsideration Request

Letter from Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, requesting further consideration of his denied parole request, and noting that since that time he has paid his back taxes by selling off or mortgaging his property, and that his printing business and elderly mother require his attention. 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: Newell Parole Recommendation

Letter from Morton I. Newell regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Newell writes that Higgins will "again become a useful citizen" and that he and his family "have suffered sufficiently to warrant any parole." 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: Meisburger Parole Recommendation

Letter from Eddie Meisburger, state editor of the Kansas City Journal, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Meisburger writes of Higgins' experience as a war correspondent for the Kansas City Star, his later law career, and that when he became director of the Kansas City Police department, "he little knew or desired the pitfalls it would open for him." Higgins was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.