McCormick, John M.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding "Johnny Mag" Mangiaracina, noting that he has a history of 48 arrests by the Kansas City Police Department, and a felony conviction for fur robbery. Mangiaracina is described as "a third-rate hoodlum" who is affiliated with Kansas City boss Charles Binaggio. Thomas Simone is listed as his "constant friend and inseparable companion."

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum describing testimony from Morris "Snag" Klein, stating that he was a partner of Charles Binaggio in the Missouri Electric and Construction Company and Ace Sales and Equipment Company, as well as the Green Hills and Last Chance gambling clubs. He also described other business and gambling interests he had been involved in, and denied knowledge of anyone in Al Capone's mob.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum summarizing the biography and criminal activity of James Balestrere. Balestrere is reported to have been involved in bootlegging during Prohibition, running the Kansas City Syrup Company with Charles Binaggio, selling sugar to distillers, and then was involved in liquor distribution businesses after repeal with other individuals involved in organized crime.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding Holt Coffey, former sheriff of Platte County, Missouri. The memo states as known that Coffey "accepted pay-offs from the operators of the Green Hills Club," and splitting that money iwth R. P. C. Wilson, III, the former Platte County Attorney.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding James DeSimone, an associate of Kansas City and St. Louis organized crime figures and suspeted Black Hand killer. He also served time on narcotics charges and is believed to have been involved in the murder of Joe Patito, a John Lazia pallbearer.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding J. A. Purdome, sheriff of Jackson County, Missouri. The memo notes rumors that Purdome received payoffs from Jackson County taverns while serving as Chief Deputy in the Sheriff's office, and that those payoffs were split 50-50 with Kansas City crime boss Charles Binaggio.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum including biographical information about Morris "Snag" Klein, describing him as a "mediocre gambler" who is a close friend of Charles Binaggio.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum including biographical and criminal history for Frank DeLuca, Kansas City organized crime figure. DeLuca immigrated from Italy in 1923 to join his brothers Joseph and Samuel, associates of Mafia boss Johnny Lazia. DeLuca is described as being a close associate of St. Louisan Tony Lopiparo, and as having killed a man named Ed Murry in his Florida Blossom saloon in 1936. He was also investigated for involvement in alcohol and narcotics violations.

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