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Order for Capias for Criminal Case No. 12028: United States vs. John Lazia. This document orders a writ for arrest of defendant John Lazia and that his "bond be fixed in the sum of $1,500.00." Lazia was suspected of being affiliated with the Kansas City Mafia and the Pendergast Machine.

Date: 
March 14th 1933

Order for subpoena duces tecum for Raymond A. Edlund in Criminal Case No. 12028: United States vs. John Lazia. This document orders a writ to order Edlund to appear before court and bring a number of selected documents. These requested documents include records of John Lazia's financial transactions at the Merchants Bank of Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
September 13th 1933

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 12028: United States vs. John Lazia. This document charges Lazia with tax evasion. He was suspected to be affiliated with the Kansas City Mafia and the Pendergast Machine.

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September 16th 1933

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 12028: United States vs. John Lazia. In this document, Frank P. Walsh, attorney for Lazia, requests greater detail in the illegal activity Lazia is charged with. Walsh requests this information in order to furnish a strong defense for his client.

Date: 
September 16th 1933

Complaint for Criminal Case No. 12126: United States vs. Walter H. McGee, Wendell Johnson, Clarence Stevens, L. R. Gilbert, Hazel Johnson, Lenora Gilbert, Clarence Click, and George McGee, Defendants. In this document, Thomas J. Layson calls upon the court to charge the defendants with the kidnapping of Mary McElroy, daughter of Kansas City, Missouri city manager Henry Francis McElroy. Layson also charges the defendants with ransoming Mary McElroy for $30,000.00.

Date: 
June 2nd 1933

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 12126: United States vs. Walter H. McGee, Wendell Johnson, Clarence Stevens, L. R. Gilbert, Hazel Johnson, Lenora Gilbert, Clarence Click, and George McGee, Defendants. The defendants are charged with the kidnapping of Mary McElroy, daughter of Kansas City, Missouri city manager Henry Francis McElroy, and ransoming Mary McElroy for $30,000.00.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Warrant to Apprehend for Criminal Case No. 12126: United States vs. Walter H. McGee, Wendell Johnson, Clarence Stevens, L. R. Gilbert, Hazel Johnson, Lenora Gilbert, Clarence Click, and George McGee, Defendants. This document calls for the arrest of the defendants charged with the kidnapping of Mary McElroy, daughter of Kansas City, Missouri city manager Henry Francis McElroy, and ransoming Mary McElroy for $30,000.00.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Final Mittimus for Criminal Case No. 12126: United States vs. Walter H. McGee, Wendell Johnson, Clarence Stevens, L. R. Gilbert, Hazel Johnson, Lenora Gilbert, Clarence Click, and George McGee, Defendants. This document orders the marshal to transport the defendant George L. McGee to prison with a bail of $25,000.00.

Date: 
July 11th 1933

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 12391: United States vs. Joe Giarameta, defendant.

Date: 
December 15th 1933

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 12391: United States vs. Joe Giarameta, defendant. The document reports that Giarameta entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to serve one year and one day in the United States Industrial Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio. Giarameta was delivered to the jailer on December 27, 1933.

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December 29th 1933

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 12392: United States vs. Frank Balestrere, defendant.

Date: 
December 15th 1933

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 11675: United States vs. Mike Gargotta, defendant. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendant's arrest on September 7, 1933 and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner George D. Beardsley held that Gargotta was "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $1,000.00, and ordered him to appear in the District Court on December 3, 1933.

Date: 
November 24th 1933

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 12381: United States vs. Anthony Cassata, defendant. The document summarizes events of the case, including the addition of Cassata's wife Lena to the charges, the defendant's arrest on September 11, 1933 and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner James S. Summers held that Gargotta was "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $2,000.00, and ordered him to appear in the District Court on September 11, 1933.

Date: 
September 22nd 1933

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 12381: United States vs. Anthony Cassata, defendant. Cassata was charged in multiple counts: in Count I, with selling 12 grains of morphine to William and Margaret Wells, "not from the original stamped package ...

Date: 
December 14th 1933

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 12392: United States vs. Frank Balestrere, defendant. The document reports that Giarameta entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to serve one year and one day in the United States Industrial Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio. Giarameta was delivered to the jailer on December 27, 1932.

Date: 
December 20th 1933

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 12392: United States vs. Frank Balestrere, defendant. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendant's arrest on September 30, 1933, witnesses who appeared, and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner James S. Summers held that Balestrere was "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $2,000.00, and ordered him to appear in the District Court on October 2, 1933.

Date: 
October 5th 1933

Statement made by Charles Gargotta in Criminal Case No. 12584: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. Gargotta made a statement to Prosecuting Attorney T. A. J. Mastin in which he indicated that he was arrested on the street after leaving a woman's apartment on Armour Boulevard. He claimed that he only heard shooting to the east of him, and was not only was he unarmed at the time of his arrest, but that he had never owned an automatic pistol. He also took issue with other details of the case.

Date: 
August 12th 1933
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