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Indictment for Criminal Case No. 5928: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. The defendant is charged with the sale and possession of "one-half pint of whiskey" and "maintain[ing] a common nuisance" at 212 Independence Avenue.

Date: 
May 10th 1923

Information for the trial of Criminal Case No. 4163: United States vs. Charles S. Gargotta and Charles Gargotta, defendants. The document states that the current charge of possession of whiskey is Charles S. Gargotta's second offense, per Frank Cunningham, Federal Prohibition Agent.

Date: 
April 20th 1921

Commitment in the trial of Criminal Case No. 4163: United States vs. Charles S. Gargotta and Charles Gargotta, defendants. The document notes that Charles S. Gargotta was charged with "Violation of the Act of October 28, 1919," also known as the Volstead Act, and has been sentenced to a prison sentence of 30 days in the Jackson County Jail.

Date: 
April 25th 1921

Memorandum regarding Gus Gargotta, describing him as a brother of Charles Gargotta and operator of the Green Hills gambling club near Parkville, Missouri. He is also described as having interest in other gambling establishments in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, and also been charged with bank robbery, murder, and other crimes.

Date: 
July 14th 1950

Report from KCPD Homicide Bureau after questioning James Balestrere. Balestrere told the officers he works for his son at a liquor store on 18th Street, and "has been out of the rackets for some time." He denied knowledge of the Mafia or Black Hand Society, and said that he had no information on the killings of Charles Binaggio or Charles Gargotta.

Date: 
April 15th 1950

Memorandum regarding Tony Ballano, Kansas City organized crime figure. The memo summarizes biographical information, as well as his police record and involvement in criminal activities, as well as noting that he "has not been very prominent publicly in the last ten years." Ballano is described as "an old-time bomb thrower and Black Hander," who was shot six times by the police during a stake out.

Date: 
September 13th 1950

Diagram from the Kansas City Hearings of the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, illustrating the Kansas City Mafia's involvement in night clubs, liquor businesses, bookmaking and other gambling, voter fraud, narcotics, and murder, among other areas. Charles Binaggio is depicted as the leader of the organization, with Charles Gargotta, "Eddy Spitz" Ochadsey, Morris Klein, and Tano Lococo among his close associates.

Date: 
November 30th 1950

Report from Kansas City Police Department detectives listing "persons having masses said at the Holy Rosary Church in memory of Charles Gargotta," including Mr. and Mrs. Marion Nigro, Mr. and Mrs. Pete DiGiovanni, Mr. and Mrs. John Blando, and other individuals, families, and businesses.

Date: 
April 13th 1950

Memorandum about Morris "Snag" Klein, listing his involvement in various businesses, gambling undertakings, and Mafia affiliated organizations since 1947. Included are the Mo-Kan Publishing Company wire service, the Green Hills gambling club, a gambling venture at the Kay Hotel, and the Ace Sales and Equipment Company.

Diagram from the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, illustrating the Kansas City Mafia's engagement in narcotics, murder, gambling games and bookmaking, and liquor distribution. Names of alleged members are listed, as are victims of unsolved murders. The diagram also depicts the involvement of the Kansas City Mafia with organized crime in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Tampa.

Date: 
November 30th 1950

Testimony of Simon Partnoy who operated a Kansas City wire service from 1939 to 1950. The wire service, known by various names including Universal News Distributing Company, was owned by Edward Ochadsey, aka Eddy Spitz, "Snag" Klein, Thomas "Tano" Lococo, and Charles Gargotta. The testimony describes Partnoy starting the Eagle Scratch Sheet publication in order to classify the wire service as a publishing company, and receiving threats from Eddy Lenz.

Memorandum regarding Kansas City organized crime figure Morris "Snag" Klein, a former business partner of crime boss Charles Binaggio, as well as "Eddie Spitz" Ochadsey and John Noonan, and who was at that time serving a sentence in the federal penitentiary. Klein was also a partner in the Stork Club gambling establishment in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and assorted Kansas City gambling, bookmaking, and wire service operations.

Summary of the testimony of Edward Ochadsey, aka Eddy Spitz, describing him as a night club operator, gambler, and wire service partner, who partnered in a liquor distribution business with Kansas City crime boss Charles Binagio and Morris "Snag" Klein. The operations of the Last Chance Saloon, a gambling parlor straddling the Missouri/Kansas state line, are described, including a note that the establishment was closed the day Binaggio was murdered.

Report from a grand jury inquiry concerning federal law violations and the personals involved in the Western District of Missouri. The grand jury heard from 185 witnesses, with 90% of those witnesses being law violators, and determined "there is no organized attempt" at violating federal laws in the district, and those violations "are committed by individuals rather than by a regular organized concert of individuals or by some crime syndicate." The report goes on to discuss the court's belief that its quick processing of cases has a deterrent effect on crime.

Date: 
1949
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