Leavenworth

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Photographs

Mugshot of Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Inmate #31989. DeMayo was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after a conviction of conspiracy to violate Prohibition law.

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Correspondence

Letter from Ralph L. Ross to Estes Kefauver, U.S. Senator from Tennessee and chair of the Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce. Ross writes that he, while serving with the Iola, Kansas, Police Department in 1934, arrested several armed men after a car accident. He writes that those men were suspected of an attempt to murder Kansas City gangster Mike LaCapra, and suggests they "could give valuable information on crime in Kansas City." Ross wishes Kefauver luck on his investigation into Kansas City organized crime.

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Correspondence

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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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum from the Leavenworth Penitentiary's record clerk regarding Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, communicating the order from the U.S. District Court to turn Pendergast over to his probation officer upon his discharge from the penitentiary on May 30, 1940. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

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Correspondence

Letter from James E. Jones, Acting Prohibition Commisser, regarding the parole of Anthony R. Gizzo, Inmate #20547. Jones reiterates the facts of Gizzo's case and recommends he be denied parole as a "flagrant violator of the Harrison Narcotic Law." Gizzo was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth on drug charges.

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Miscellaneous Documents

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.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Admission summary for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, which records his family background, health and economic status, and note he "is now confined as a patient in the Hospital" due to ongoing health issues. Recommendations include a note that Pendergast should receive close supervision to "avoid his becoming prey for institutional connivers." Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Anthony R. Gizzo, Inmate #20547 to the United States Penitentiary Board of Parole, applying for parole and vowing to "live and remain at liberty without violating the laws." Gizzo was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth on drug charges.

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Miscellaneous Documents

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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Miscellaneous Documents

Conduct record and work report for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, which documents his lack of prison violations and work in the hospital x-ray department during his imprisonment. The report describes him as a "good" worker, with "trustworthy," "friendly," and "pleasant character. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Biographical sketch of Anthony R. Gizzo, Inmate #20547, to be attached to his application for parole, including family information and listing his legal representation. Gizzo was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth on drug charges.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

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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