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Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on January 8, 1933 showing the governors-elect of Missouri and Kansas: Guy B. Park, Governor-Elect of Missouri and Alfred M. Landon, Governor-Elect of Kansas.

Date: 
January 8th 1933

Clipping entitled "James M. Kemper, Commerce Trust President, and His Bride" from the Kansas City Journal-Post on January 19, 1933 with caption stating, "Mr. and Mrs. James M. Kemper. Mrs. Kemper, until her marriage Thursday afternoon, was Mrs. Craig Velie. The wedding was at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert V. Jones."

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January 19th 1933

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on May 29, 1933 showing Mary McElroy at a table with coffee or tea. The accompanying article explains that she is aiding in the search to find the hideout in which she was kept during her kidnapping. Police believe it to be within five miles of where she was released, the Milburn Golf Club.

Date: 
May 29th 1933

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 showing photographs relating to the kidnappers of Mary McElroy. Included are photographs of those that apprehended, transported, and unknowingly aided the kidnappers, the hideout, the ransom, the kidnapper's car, and the kidnappers themselves.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 with four photographs of the house where Mary McElroy was held during her kidnapping. Pictured is Lucille Cates at the hideout's kitchen stove, the basement where Mary was held, an exterior photo of the house, and James Cashin searching for ransom money.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Home Again" in Kansas City Journal-Post on May 29, 1933 showing Mary McElroy after she was released from her kidnapping. The caption states, "A large crowd of friends which had awaited anxiously at the home of H. F. McElroy during the long hours following the kidnapping of his daughter, Mary, Saturday morning was on hand to greet her when she was returned Sunday afternoon by her father and brother following her release at the Milburn Golf club. The picture above, taken just after the family had stepped from the car, shows H. F.

Date: 
May 29th 1933

Clipping entitled "Could Hear Police Calls" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "The McElroy kidnapers were able to listen to broadcasts by the police department. The short wave radio over which they listened in is shown in the bedroom to the left of the stove on which their meals were cooked."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Aids Police" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Abe Starr, Leavenworth junk dealer, who sold two motor cars to alleged members of the kidnaping ring. Walter McGee and Clarence Click both purchased cars from Starr. It was through a telegram from McGee in Amarillo to Starr that federal authorities put their finger on McGee and his companions. Starr is not suspected of complicity in the ring."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "His House" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Clarence Click, one of the kidnapers of Miss Mary McElroy, lived in the house on County Line road between Shawnee and Merriam, Kas., in which Miss McElroy was held captive while ransom negotiations wore in progress. Click is 27 years old and was arrested Thursday in Kansas City, Kas. He is an exconvict."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Pet Rat to Holdover" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Mrs. L. R. Gilbert, wife of one of the McElroy kidnap gang, insisted on taking her pet white rat with her when she was returned to Kansas City by airplane. She is shown here holding the pet while waiting to board the plane."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Part of Ransom Money" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "When Walter McGee and four companions were arrested they had approximately $9,000 of the ransom money on them. The money, as it was spread out for counting, is shown in this picture after the gang was arrested at Amarillo."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Detective Who Got Tip" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "R. K. Cole, one of the city detectives, who obtained the information leading to the arrest of the alleged kidnapers of Miss Mary McElroy, is shown here standing beside T. J. Higgins, chief of detectives, as he made his report. Inset shows A. H. Kessel, partner of Cole, who worked with him in obtaining the information."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "The Inevitable Error" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Sooner or later every criminal does something to spoil the “perfect crime." This car, purchased by Walter H. McGee, leader of the McElroy kidnapers, in Amarillo proved to be the gang’s undoing. A telegram concerning the purchase was intercepted and gave officers the information that led to McGee arrest."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Map of the shootout between police and gangsters on the morning of August 12, 1933. The caption states, "A diagram of the scene of the Saturday morning gun battle in the vicinity of Amour boulevard and Forest avenue, showing the paths taken by the gangsters in their pursuit of Ferris J. Anton and the route taken by Sheriff Thomas B. Bash, who killed two of the gunmen, and captured a third man."

Date: 
August 12th 1933

Clipping entitled "Group, Held in McElroy Kidnaping, Makes Bedraggled Return" in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 showing the kidnappers of Mary McElroy that escaped to Amarillo, Texas before being caught. The caption states, "The group arrested in Amarillo, Tex., in connection with the McElroy kidnaping appeared anything but happy when they got out of the plan at municipal airport. Left to right they are Walter H. McGee, leader of the gang; Mrs. Wendell Johnson, Wendell Johnson, Mrs. L. R. Gilbert and L. R. Gilbert. All were dressed in new clothes.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Police Head Thanks Pilot" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Howard, E. Hall, pilot of the T. & W. A. [Transcontinental & Western Air] plane that brought back the McElroy kidnapers, was congratulated by E. C. Reppert, director of police, when he arrived at the airport. The picture shows R. E. Vetterli, chief agent, department of justice; James O’Neil, secretary to the chief of police; Mr. Reppert, Howard E.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Lay Plan for Kidnapers' Return" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "William Simpson, city detective, who was one of the officers who flew to Amarillo to return the kidnapers, is shown here with H. F. McElroy, city manager, completing plans for their return to Kansas City by airplane."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933
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