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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.

Date: 
1933

Photograph of a home at 5718 County Line Road (now 47th Street), Kansas City, Kansas, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 33947: State of Missouri vs. Walter H. McGee. McGee held Mary McElroy captive in the basement of this residence for $60,000 ransom. He later accepted $30,000 for her release. This vantage point faces east from just north of 47th Street.

Date: 
1933

Photograph of a home at 5718 County Line Road (now 47th Street), Kansas City, Kansas, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 33947: State of Missouri vs. Walter H. McGee. McGee held Mary McElroy captive in the basement of this residence for $60,000 ransom. He later accepted $30,000 for her release. This vantage point faces northeast from 47th Street.

Date: 
1933

Photograph of the basement of a home at 5718 County Line Road (now 47th Street), Kansas City, Kansas, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 33947: State of Missouri vs. Walter H. McGee. McGee held Mary McElroy captive in this basement for $60,000 ransom. He later accepted $30,000 for her release.

Date: 
1933

Photograph of Ralph T. Harding, Lillie Knight, and Clarence Click (left to right) in the court room. The caption on the back of the image reads, "Watch your credit, International Chicago, 8817, 12-8-33, Charged with Kidnaping Mary McElroy: Clarence Click (right), discussing his case with Miss Lillie Knight, young woman attorney, who pleaded with a Kansas City jury not to send click to the gallows; at left is chief counsel for defense, Ralph T. Harding. Click is charged with kidnaping Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of City Manager H. F.

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December 8th 1933

Photograph of Mary McElroy who was kidnapped in 1933 at 25 years old and held for ransom. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 539217, A SUICIDE, KANSAS CITY, MO:- A recent picture of Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of recently deceased City Manager H. F. McElroy, who ended her own life recently with a bullet from a.25 caliber gun. It is believed she had been despondent since the death of her father, which occurred while he was under federal indictment. ET, CREDIT LINE (ACME) 1/23/40 (JC)."

Photograph of Ralph T. Harding, Walter McGee, John V. Hill, and Joseph B. Keenan (left to right) at the trial of Walter McGee. The caption on the back of the image reads, "STATE ASKS DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPER, Photo shows the courtroom of Judge Allen C. Southern at Kansas City, Mo. During the trial of Walter McGee, who is charged with being the ringleader of the gang that kidnaped Mary McElroy, daughter of the City Manager of Kansas City, and held her till a ransom of $30,000 was paid left to right: Ralph T.

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July 26th 1933

Photograph of Mary McElroy who was kidnapped in 1933 at 25 years old and held for ransom. The caption on the back of the image reads, "IC217320... CHICAGO BUREAU, FORMER KIDNAP VICTIM RETURNS HOME, Mary McElroy, 26 year old daughter of Henry McElroy, City Manager of Kansas City, Mo. is shown above at the home of Mayor G.M. Ridenour at Normal, Ill. Feb. 11, after her father had got in touch with her as she was fleeing to Chicago from home on a bus, because of threatening messages she is said to have received from friends of her kidnapers whom she had helped to prosecute.

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February 11th 1935

Photograph of George McGee, Lillie Knight, and Ralph T. Harding (left to right) with R. H. Moore removed from the picture to the right. The caption on the back of the image reads, "Like in the case of his brother, Walter, the state has asked the death penalty for George McGee, youthful accused member of the gang which kidnaped Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of City Manager H. F. McElroy of Kansas City. Walter McGee was the first kidnaper ever given the death penalty in this country." George McGee is shown in this picture conferring with his three attorneys.

Date: 
1933

Photograph of convicted kidnapper George McGee. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 212964... CHICAGO BUREAU, LIFE SENTENCE GIVEN GEORGE McGEE FOR McELROY KIDNAPING. George McGee, shown above on witness stand, was sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the kidnaping of Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of the Kansas City, Mo. city manager, on May 27, from her home. Walter McGee, brother of George, the leader of the kidnap gang, has been condemned to die by hanging, the first such verdict to be returned in the United States in kidnap cases.

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November 5th 1933

Photograph of Mary McElroy who was kidnapped in 1933 at 25 years old and held for ransom. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 211904... CHICAGO BUREAU, KIDNAP VICTIM IS STAR WITNESS AT TRIAL. Miss Mary McElroy (above) who positively identified Walter McGee as the man that forced her to leave the bath tub and accompany him at time she was kidnaped from her home, was the star witness at the trial of Walter McGee at Kansas City, Mo. July 26, on charges of kidnaping on which the state is asking death penalty. BFM 26 YOUR CREDIT MUST READ ACME 7-26-33."

Date: 
July 26th 1933

Photograph of Henry F. McElroy, Jr. and Mary McElroy with their father Henry F. McElroy, Sr. (left to right). The photograph was taken at the home H. F. McElroy, Sr., immediately following Mary's release from abduction at the Milburn Golf Club. This vantage point faces north towards the south entrance to St. Teresa's Academy across the street.

Date: 
May 29th 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 "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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Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
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