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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 east towards the entrance of the cafe.

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Court Opinion by Commissioner Walter H. Bohling for Criminal Case No. 33947: State of Missouri vs. Walter H. McGee, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in McGee's motion for a new trial, Bohling affirms that McGee was guilty of kidnapping Mary McElroy on May 27, 1933 and holding her for ransom. Mary was the daughter of Henry F. McElroy, City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri.

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Mug shot of Vernon C. Miller or Verne Miller, used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The state alleged that "that appellant [Richetti] with two notorious criminals "Pretty Boy" Floyd and Verne Miller, perpetrated the massacre in the attempted execution of a conspiracy to liberate convict Nash."

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Photograph of a wrecked Chrysler sedan, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood. Gadwood and his associates used this and two other cars to travel to the cafe/delicatessen where he murdered Lee Flacy. After Flacy was shot, he returned fire on his assailants as they began to flee the scene in this car. The sedan received further damage after it struck an object in an attempt to escape.

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Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in Gadwood's motion for a new trial, Ellison affirms that Gadwood was guilty of murdering Lee Flacy on March 27, 1934. The alleged murder occurred "during a city election in Kansas City at a restaurant located at 5824 Swope Parkway, two doors from the polling place for the 25th precinct of the 16th ward." Gadwood was the "rabbit" faction ward leader and Flacy was a "goat" faction precinct captain.

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Order to Show Cause for Case No. 36717: State of Missouri on the information of Roy McKittrick, Attorney General, Relator, vs. Waller W. Graves, Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, Missouri, Respondent. This document accuses Graves of purposefully neglecting his duties in prosecuting individuals in Jackson County openly engaging in voter fraud, the operation of gambling and prostitution establishments, and the sale of liquor late at night and on Sundays. Missouri Supreme Court Clerk E. F. Elliot orders Graves to come before the court and answer to these allegations.

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