Gargotta, Charles S.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Diagram from the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, illustrating the Kansas City Mafia's engagement in narcotics, murder, gambling games and bookmaking, and liquor distribution. Names of alleged members are listed, as are victims of unsolved murders. The diagram also depicts the involvement of the Kansas City Mafia with organized crime in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Tampa.

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Periodicals

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, about J. C. Nichols and his city planning projects in Kansas City with the Country Club residential district and Country Club Plaza shopping center, etc., including a photo of Nichols. Other featured articles include: “To Better Serve His Clients” (p.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Diagram from the Kansas City Hearings of the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, illustrating the Kansas City Mafia's involvement in night clubs, liquor businesses, bookmaking and other gambling, voter fraud, narcotics, and murder, among other areas. Charles Binaggio is depicted as the leader of the organization, with Charles Gargotta, "Eddy Spitz" Ochadsey, Morris Klein, and Tano Lococo among his close associates.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding Kansas City organized crime figure Morris "Snag" Klein, a former business partner of crime boss Charles Binaggio, as well as "Eddie Spitz" Ochadsey and John Noonan, and who was at that time serving a sentence in the federal penitentiary. Klein was also a partner in the Stork Club gambling establishment in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and assorted Kansas City gambling, bookmaking, and wire service operations.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Testimony of Simon Partnoy who operated a Kansas City wire service from 1939 to 1950. The wire service, known by various names including Universal News Distributing Company, was owned by Edward Ochadsey, aka Eddy Spitz, "Snag" Klein, Thomas "Tano" Lococo, and Charles Gargotta. The testimony describes Partnoy starting the Eagle Scratch Sheet publication in order to classify the wire service as a publishing company, and receiving threats from Eddy Lenz.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Report from KCPD Homicide Bureau after questioning James Balestrere. Balestrere told the officers he works for his son at a liquor store on 18th Street, and "has been out of the rackets for some time." He denied knowledge of the Mafia or Black Hand Society, and said that he had no information on the killings of Charles Binaggio or Charles Gargotta.

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Summary of the testimony of Edward Ochadsey, aka Eddy Spitz, describing him as a night club operator, gambler, and wire service partner, who partnered in a liquor distribution business with Kansas City crime boss Charles Binagio and Morris "Snag" Klein. The operations of the Last Chance Saloon, a gambling parlor straddling the Missouri/Kansas state line, are described, including a note that the establishment was closed the day Binaggio was murdered.

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Photographs

Kansas City Police Department mugshot of Charles "Mad Dog" Gargotta. Gargotta was a prominent organized crime figure in Kansas City who was found shot in April, 1950 along with Charles Binaggio at the First Ward Democratic Club.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding Gus Gargotta, describing him as a brother of Charles Gargotta and operator of the Green Hills gambling club near Parkville, Missouri. He is also described as having interest in other gambling establishments in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, and also been charged with bank robbery, murder, and other crimes.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum about Morris "Snag" Klein, listing his involvement in various businesses, gambling undertakings, and Mafia affiliated organizations since 1947. Included are the Mo-Kan Publishing Company wire service, the Green Hills gambling club, a gambling venture at the Kay Hotel, and the Ace Sales and Equipment Company.

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Periodicals

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, about crime in Kansas City, the lack of accurate, trustworthy records about its frequency and location, and the city’s “inefficient, politically-controlled police department.” Other featured articles include: “Mister Welching” (p.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Report from Kansas City Police Department detectives listing "persons having masses said at the Holy Rosary Church in memory of Charles Gargotta," including Mr. and Mrs. Marion Nigro, Mr. and Mrs. Pete DiGiovanni, Mr. and Mrs. John Blando, and other individuals, families, and businesses.

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