United States Board of Parole

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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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from G. R. Watson regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Watson, a neighbor of the Higgins family, writes with compliments for the whole family, and saying that good and moral children could only come from "parents [who] are good citizens and good people." 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 Jerry Zigmond regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Zigmond writes that the subject is "basically sound" and that his return "will be of value to the community as a whole." 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 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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from W. S. Harriman regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Harriman writes that Higgins has done good work running his newspaper business and will return to doing so, should he be paroled. 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.

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