Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

These photos are tagged “Kansas City Crime” at the Life Magazine Archives. There is a whole set of them, without any names, descriptions or explanations. I have no idea who these people are and how are these places linked to crime. The photos are dated May 5,1950.

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

Charles V. Carrollo (R) and Anthony Marcella (L), indicted by federal jury for liquor tax violations, going to the federal building to post their bonds.© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

The Green Hills where the Grand Jury is staying during the gambling crisis.© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

Show club where gambling was taking place during the gambling conspiracy.© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

© Time Inc.George Skadding

Old Photos: Kansas City Crime

Show club where gambling was taking place during the gambling conspiracy.© Time Inc.George Skadding

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  • http://just-cara.tumblr.com/ Cara

    “What began as an insular gang extorting local businesses in “Little Italy” in the early 1900s developed into a formidable juggernaut during Prohibition, eventually allying itself with the political engine run by boss Tom Pendergast.

    One hilarious story in the book tells of the State Line Tavern, which sat directly on the state line at 3205 Southwest Blvd. Gamblers moved to the west side of a white line that divided the building if Missouri police raided the joint, and to the east if officers hailed from Kansas.”
    from Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family 1900-1950 (http://www.thechicagosyndicate.com/2008_08_17_archive.html)

  • http://just-cara.tumblr.com/ Cara

    Oh, and that snooker (pool hall) place is still there, but it’s a “signature loan” shop at the corner of Truman Road and Montgall.

  • snozkc

    Hmm. 3205 southwest blvd is miles within Kansas. Maybe the address is incorrect.

    • some guy

      @snozkc – The address 3205 southwest blvd is several feet inside Missouri, but the building itself crossed the state line.

      There is a QuickTrip at this site now. You may recall it was in the news recently, because it was moved several feet east to be considered in Missouri for tax and liquor control purposes.

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  • Lucy

    The woman in the hat holding papers is my Granddmother… Caroline “Carrie” Carrollo

    • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

      This is so cool. Did you know she was in Life?