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Miscellaneous Documents

Kansas City Police Department record for "Johnny Mag" Mangiaracina, including charges of theft and larceny, numerous liquor violations, gambling, income tax evasion, and involvement in the murder of crime boss John Lazia. The record also includes prison sentences and fines for many of the listed crimes.

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Miscellaneous Documents

St. Louis Post-Dispatch article discussing Estes Kefauver's Senate committee devoted to investigating interstate organized crime activity, including Kansas City's Charles Binaggio.

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Photographs

Altered photograph of Nick Penna, chauffeur and bodyguard to Kansas City crime boss Charles Binaggio.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding Tony Gizzo, who ran various bookmaking operations throughout Kansas City, as well as being involved in the liquor distribution business. Through these businesses he worked with Kansas City mob boss Charles Binaggio, Charles Carollo, Charles Gargotta, and others. Gizzo's suspected earnings from his gambling and liquor enterprises are included.

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Correspondence

Letter from George H. White to U.S. Attorney Sam Wear regarding an investigation into Carl Carramusa. Carramusa is accused of being a representative of the Kansas City Narcotic Syndicate, a subsidiary of the Kansas City Mafia. The letter provides a history of Impostato's entry into Kansas City organized crime through John Lazia after arriving from Chicago in 1929, and connects the Kansas City narcotics trade with St. Louis, Tampa, Havana, and other cities.

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Miscellaneous Documents

FBI record for Peter DiGiovanni listing IRS and liquor violations, and including biographical information and a physical description.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding "Johnny Mag" Mangiaracina, noting that he has a history of 48 arrests by the Kansas City Police Department, and a felony conviction for fur robbery. Mangiaracina is described as "a third-rate hoodlum" who is affiliated with Kansas City boss Charles Binaggio. Thomas Simone is listed as his "constant friend and inseparable companion."

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Photographs

Kansas City Police Department full length photographs of organized crime figure Joseph DeLuca.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Diagram presented as an exhibit before the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, popularly known as the Kefauver Committee. The diagram maps the movement of opium from "legitimate" producers Turkey, Persia, and India, and traces the drugs through refinment into heroin, to French and Italian ports where the drugs are distributed to New York and Cuba, then on to Mafia organizations in Tampa and New Orleans before coming to Kansas City and being distributed to consumers.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding Joe DiGiovanni's criminal history, listing charges beginning with a 1920 Prohibition violation to which he plead guilty, and spanning through 1930. DiGiovanni was charged with numerous Prohibition and other liquor violations.

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Correspondence

Letter from "Nat K." to Senator Estes Kefauver regarding the senator's investigation into Kansas City organized crime.

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Miscellaneous Documents

FBI report for Gus Gargotta, including Prohibition violations, bank robbery, murder, and other charges in Kansas City, Omaha, and Wichita. The document also includes biographical information and a physical description.

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