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Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Zigmond Parole Recommendation

Letter from Jerry Zigmond regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Zigmond writes that the subject is "basically sound" and that his return "will be of value to the community as a whole." 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Strickler Parole Recommendation

Letter from Thomas J. Strickler regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Strickler writes that, in his view, Higgins "has very definitely learned his lesson" and will make a "good citizen" upon his release. 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Sporn Parole Recommendation

Letter from Sol Sporn, president of Gelhaar Uniform Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Sporn writes that he knows Higgins to be "a fine, up-standing citizen in every respect," and says he will "again be the fine citizen that he was before this misfortune occurred." 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Smith Parole Recommendation

Letter from Chester C. Smith, president of the Kansas City Power and Light Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Smith writes that he believes Higgins "has been and ... can still be a very useful citizen in the community," and asks that "he be permitted to return to start his life again." 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Small Parole Recommendation

Letter from Dr. Walter L. Smalls, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Smalls writes that Higgins was "thoroughly penitent [and] lashed by agonizing remorse" when he confessed his guilt, and lists his many positive assets and contributions to the community. 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Saper Parole Recommendation

Letter from attorney Alexander D. Saper regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Saper writes that he practiced law with Higgins between 1922 and 1934, and believes he was a "clear victim of circumstance" due to his association with the Pendergast Machine, and that he is otherwise "intelligent [and] industrious" and will "be able to rehabilitate himself." 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Rogers Parole Recommendation

Letter from Clay C. Rogers regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Rogers writes that "the good which flowed from [Higgins'] activities far overbalance any wrong which he committed," and alludes to Tom Pendergast serving a lighter sentence for a worse crime. 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Newell Parole Recommendation

Letter from Morton I. Newell regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Newell writes that Higgins will "again become a useful citizen" and that he and his family "have suffered sufficiently to warrant any parole." 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Jacobs Parole Recommendation

Letter from Floyd E. Jacobs regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Jacobs writes that he is concerned Higgins "received a heavier sentence than others who at least were equally guilty," believes he deserves credit for his service in the World War, and thinks his family is in great need of his support. 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Garrett Parole Recommendation

Letter from Ruby D. Garrett regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Garrett, an attorney and Pendergast ally, writes of Higgins' service as a war correspondent during World War I, noting that "no man ever showed finer gourage, or greater loyalty," and that he is currently being punished "for the only wrong of which I have ever heard connected with his name." 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Gallagher Parole Recommendation

Letter from J. Burns Gallagher regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Gallagher writes that, for the years he knew Higgins, "he bore a very good reputation," and believes him worthy of parole. 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.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Flynn Parole Recommendation

Letter from attorney J. Frank Flynn regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Flynn writes that he has known Higgins since they were law school students, and states that he "associated with respectable people and had a good reputation." 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.