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Photographs

Photograph of a damaged Chevrolet, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. FBI Agent R. J. Caffrey was attempting to transport Frank Nash in this vehicle when Vernon C. Miller, Adam C. Richetti, and Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd opened fire on them, killing Caffrey, Nash, Kansas City Police Officers W. J. Grooms and Frank Hermanson, and Oklahoma Police Chief Otto Reed.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Government Identification Order for Robert G. Brady, used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Brady's aliases include Bob Brady, Pat Brady, J. H. Taylor, and Bob Ross and is described as 29 years old, 6'1.5", 187 lbs., with large build, black to gray hair, brown eyes, and dark complexion.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Excerpt of the full transcript of the record for Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. In the included indictment, Prosecuting Attorney W. W. Graves charges Richetti with the murder of Frank Hermanson on June 17, 1933.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Government Identification Order for Bernard Phillips, used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Phillips is also known as B. A. Courtney and is described as 38 years old, 5'8", 203 lbs., stout, chestnut black hair, azure light eyes, and light complexion.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Case No. 35302: State ex rel. County of Jackson, State of Missouri, David E. Long, J.W. Hostetter and Battle McCardle, as judges of the county court of Jackson County, Missouri, and William Hicks, as clerk of the county court of Jackson County, Missouri, petitioners, vs. Honorable Marion D. Waltner, Judge of the circuit court of Jackson County, Missouri, and Clarence B. Reed, respondents. Ellison details respondent Reed's petition for injunction to contest the results of a bond election during the August 1936 primary.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Government Identification Order for Harvey J. Bailey, used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Bailey's other aliases include J. J. Brennan and John Brown and is described as 45 years old, 5'11", 180 lbs., with large build, black to gray hair, brown eyes, and dark complexion.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Information provided by Prosecuting Attorney W. W. Graves for Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Graves charges Gadwood with the murder of Lee Flacy on May 27, 1934. The alleged murder occured "during a city election in Kansas City at a restuarant located at 5824 Swope Parkway, two doors from the polling place for the 25th precinct of the 16th ward." [Taken from a Opinion from the Supreme Court of Missouri.] Gadwood was the "rabbit" faction ward leader and Flacy was a "goat" faction precinct captain.

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Photographs

Photograph of a small home at 1310 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 33947: State of Missouri vs. Walter H. McGee. McGee instructed Henry F. McElroy to visit this house to obtain further instructions for the payment of ransom and release of McElroy's daughter, Mary McElroy. This vantage point was taken facing north on State Avenue between N 13th Street and N 14th Street in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Commissioner Walter N. Davis for Criminal Case No. 30129: State of Missouri vs. Oscar Rowe, Appellant. Kansas City Republican Precinct Captain Oscar Rowe was found guilty of giving corn whiskey to Arch Duncan as part of a larger scheme to deprive Democratic voters from voting in the November 6, 1928 presidential election. Rowe operated an establishment at 602 Main Street, Kansas City, MO that was licensed as a soft drink parlor and cigar store, but was in fact an establishment of gambling, prostitution, and illegal liquor consumption.

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Photographs

Photograph of a cafe/delicatessen at 5824 Swope Parkway, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates murdered Lee Flacy at this location. This vantage point faces west towards the rear of the cafe.

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Clippings

Recurring magazine feature, "Chief's Chair", from the October 1933 issue of "Startling Detective Adventures". This article was used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. It implicates Vernon C. Miller (Verne C. Miller) and William Weissman as the murderers in the Union Station Massacre and also mentions the kidnapping of Mary McElroy.

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Photographs

Photograph of Vivian Mathias, Vernon C. Miller's girlfriend. This photograph was used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. Mathias plead guilty in a separate case to concealing and harboring Miller in his Chicago apartment after the Union Station Massacre.

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