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Letter from J. W. Thompson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark concerning social security pensions and Thompson's view of Missouri politicians. He admits he does not like Bennett C. Clark, but as an anti-Pendergast voter, Thompson believes "Clark is better than Truman at his best."

Date: 
May 31st 1939

Order in Criminal Case No. 13387: United States vs. Buster Balestrere, defendant. The order, signed by Judge Albert L. Reeves, orders Balestrere's sentence of probation be shortened due to good behavior. Balestrere entered a plea of guilty to his charges and ended up spending two and a half years on probation rather than his original sentence of five years.

Date: 
December 26th 1939

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13839: United States vs. Morris Stephens, Earl B. Winans, Grace B. Clark, J. P. Bailey, William J. McMahon, and Leo Gilliam, defendants. Stephens entered a plea of guilty in count two, the United States having entered nolle prosequi count one, and was sentenced to jail for six months and a fine of $250. McMahon and Gilliam entered pleas of guilty in count two, the United States having entered nolle prosequi count one, and were sentenced to the penitentiary for one year and one day and a fine of $1,000.

Date: 
April 15th 1939

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 14578: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant. Carollo, a Kansas City mob boss, was found guilty in the charge of perjury and sentenced to four years in the penitentiary.

Date: 
October 20th 1939

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 14218: United States vs. James Gargotta and Anthony Trombino, defendants. Gargotta entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to eight months in jail, to run concurrently with his sentence in case No. 14215. Trombino entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to four months in jail, to run concurrently with his sentence in case No. 14215.

Date: 
January 6th 1939

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14462: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged with mailing a letter and unsigned bill of sale granting one-quarter ownership of a lottery-style gaming operation, the Fortune Skill-Ball game, at 2 West 39th Street.

Date: 
April 17th 1939

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14578: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged with "wilfully ... attempting to evade and defeat a large part of the income tax upon his net income" for 1937 and 1938. The untaxed income at issue is alleged to be "lug and protection money from gambling establishments."

Date: 
June 8th 1939

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14462: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged with mailing a letter and unsigned bill of sale granting one-quarter ownership of a lottery-style gaming operation, the Fortune Skill-Ball game, at 2 West 39th Street.

Date: 
June 9th 1939

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14639: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged with income tax evasion in the years 1935-1939. The indictment details his sources of income, including smoke and cigar shops, gaming and gambling operations, casinos, liquor distributors, and nightclubs and bars.

Date: 
July 21st 1939

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14573: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged in connection with his application for naturalization as a United States citizen. The indictment states that Carollo had, under oath, sworn that during the years prior to filing for naturalization, he had "behaved as a personal of good moral character," and specifically, that he had denied receiving any profit from gambling or gaming. The indictment charges that he knowingly perjured himself in doing so.

Date: 
May 26th 1939

Application for bill of particulars in Criminal Case No. 14573: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant, stating that specific matters in the indictment are "vague, indefinite, uncertain, ambiguous, equivocal, and contradictory." The document requests more names, locations, and other details of the "gambling parlors" and "gambling games" that Carollo is accused of profiting from.

Date: 
June 8th 1939

Application for bill of particulars in Criminal Case No. 14573: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant, stating that specific matters in the indictment are "vague, indefinite, uncertain, ambiguous, equivocal, and contradictory." The document requests more names, locations, and other details of the "gambling establishments" that Carollo is accused of collecting, or authorizing other people to collect, "lug and protection money" from.

Date: 
June 19th 1939

Sentencing in Criminal Case No. 14578: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was found guilty of perjury by jury trial. Judge Merrill E. Otis writes that the proof of Carollo's guilt was "overwhelming," discusses the seriousness of perjury as "gravely threatening to the well-being of the state," and notes that the maximum punishment allowed is five years' imprisonment and a $2,000 fine.

Date: 
October 20th 1939

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14697: United States vs. Walter Davis, defendant. Davis was charged with the purchase of 10 "marihuana cigarettes," without having paid the transfer tax, at 538 Main Street in Kansas City.

Date: 
November 4th 1939

Judgment and commitment in Criminal Case No. 14697: United States vs. Walter Davis, defendant. Davis entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to four months in jail.

Date: 
November 14th 1939

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14700: United States vs. Carl Civella, defendant. Civella was charged with selling 187 grains of morphine hydrocloride, "derivative of opium," outside of the original packaging and without proper tax having been paid. In a second count, he is also charged with having purchased the 187 grains of morphine. The purchase and sale both took place near 12th and Vine. A third count charges that Civella did "receive, conceal, buy and sell ..

Date: 
1939

Judgment and commitment in Criminal Case No. 14700: United States vs. Carl Civella, defendant. Civella entered a plea of guilty entered a plea of guilty to count two, and was sentenced to one year and one day in the penitentiary. The United States entered nolle prosequi to counts one and three of the indictment.

Date: 
November 27th 1939

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 14581: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to one year and one day in penitentiary, to run consecutively with his sentence in case No. 14578.

Date: 
October 20th 1939

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14652: United States vs. Matthew S. Murray, defendant. Murray was the Director of Public Works for Kansas City, Missouri, and Missouri Administrator of the Works Progress Administration, and was charged in five counts with income tax evasion for the years 1934-1938. The indictment catalogs his sources of income and taxes paid for those years, as well as the outstanding tax amounts. Income sources include John J. Pryor, a Pendergast-affiliated contractor.

Date: 
October 26th 1939

Order to Show Cause for Case No. 36717: State of Missouri on the information of Roy McKittrick, Attorney General, Relator, vs. Waller W. Graves, Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, Missouri, Respondent. This document accuses Graves of purposefully neglecting his duties in prosecuting individuals in Jackson County openly engaging in voter fraud, the operation of gambling and prostitution establishments, and the sale of liquor late at night and on Sundays. Missouri Supreme Court Clerk E. F. Elliot orders Graves to come before the court and answer to these allegations.

Date: 
June 6th 1939

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.