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Letter from Stanley R. Fike, treasurer of Inter-City Press, Inc., regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, owner of the business. Fike writes that Higgins was an engaged boss and states that he is proud "proud to say I am his friend." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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August 31st 1940

Parole progress report for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which includes details about his physical and psychological health, plans for life after parole, details about family, work, and economic history, and other factors. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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May 15th 1940

Admission summary for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which records his family background, health and economic status, and makes custodial, educational, and work duty recommendations. The summary reports that he was involved in activities of a "questionable nature" with the Pendergast Machine. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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November 20th 1939

U.S. Attorney's report on Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which records Higgins' defense attorney, summarizes the charges, and notes the sentence imposed. The report notes that the income Higgins is charged with evading taxes on was received from "protected gamblers and other forms of organized vice." U.S. Attorney Richard K. Phelps recommends against parole, while Judge J. C.

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May 13th 1940

Mugshots of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55669-L. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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November 3rd 1939

Fingerprints and physical description card of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which includes information on sentencing and detailed physical descriptions and measurements. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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November 3rd 1939

List of relatives and requested correspondents for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #5596-L, which includes the names and mailing addresses of his mother, wife, daughters, and other friends and family. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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November 7th 1939

Record of court commitment for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which records his offense, sentence, and his ultimate parole in 1941. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
1941

Prison record of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which includes sentencing dates and terms as well as work and cell assignments. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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1940

Record of interviews and visits for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, including dates of visits by his family members and attorneys between November 7, 1939, and June 2, 1941. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
November 7th 1939

FBI report on Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, listing the charges against him and sentence he received. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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November 9th 1939

U.S. Attorney's report on Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, recording Higgins' defense attorney, summarizing the charges, and noting that "the aggravating circumstances are that the income unreported by this prisoner was derived form the lowest and worst elements of the organized underworld of Kansas City." U.S. Attorney Richard K. Phelps reports that local mobster Charles Carollo is a suspected associate, and recommends against parole. Judge J. C. Collet does not concur, noting that this conviction is Higgins' first offense.

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June 3rd 1940

Conditional release statement for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, detailing his plans to live with his wife and return to work at his printing plant upon his release. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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April 4th 1941

Certificate of conditional release for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, recording that he is entitled to "144 days deduction from the term of his sentence" due to good conduct, and listing the conditions of his release, including his probation officer, Lewis J. Grout, and parole advisor, John H. Lee. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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June 11th 1941

Letter from Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, requesting further consideration of his denied parole request, and noting that since that time he has paid his back taxes by selling off or mortgaging his property, and that his printing business and elderly mother require his attention. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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February 17th 1941

Preliminary social abstract for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, recording his family history and employment and economic background. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
November 7th 1939

Parole progress report for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which includes testing results, a mention of his "super intelligence" and "excellent personality," his "fair general health," and a note that he "wishes whole-heartedly that he had never become involved in politics." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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April 23rd 1940

Letter from Lewis J. Grout, Chief U.S. Probation Officer, to Isaac Sway, Chief Parole Officer at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, regarding Otto P. Higgins', Inmate #55996-L, release from the penitentiary and the requirement that he report to the probation officer in Kansas City upon his release. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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June 6th 1941

Application for parole from Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which states that he is eligible for parole on July 2, 1940, and which includes work plans upon release from prison and proposing a parole advisor. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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May 15th 1940

Notice of release for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, registering the details of his release from the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth on June 11th, 1941. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
June 11th 1941

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