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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.

Date: 
December 8th 1933

Photograph of Walter McGee. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 217832... (Chicago Bureau). EDITORS: The above photo shows Walter McGee, under sentence to hang for the kidnaping of Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of the city manager of Kansas City, Mo. WATCH WIRES FOR POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENTS MARCH 30, 1935. BFM#26 3-29-35 YOUR CREDIT LINE MUST READ 'ACME."

Date: 
March 29th 1935

Photograph of convicted kidnapper Walter H. McGee. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 211935... (Chicago Bureau). IN DEATH CELL. Walter H. McGee, leader of the kidnap gang that abducted Miss Mary McElroy, photographed in the death cell in the Jackson County jail at Kansas City, Mo., after a jury had sentenced him to hang for the crime. This is the first photo to be taken in the death cell, and special permission to make it was received from Sheriff Thomas B. Bash. BFM#26 7-29-33 YOUR CREDIT LINE MUST READ "ACME"."

Date: 
July 29th 1933

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.

Date: 
July 26th 1933

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 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

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 "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 "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 "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

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
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