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Memorandum re: Morris Klein

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.

Memorandum re: Morris "Snag" Klein

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

Memorandum re: Morris "Snag" Klein

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.

Memorandum re: Joseph DiGiovanni

Memorandum regarding Joe DiGiovanni's criminal history, listing charges beginning with a 1920 Prohibition violation to which he plead guilty, and spanning through 1930. DiGiovanni was charged with numerous Prohibition and other liquor violations.

Memorandum re: Joseph DiGiovanni

Memorandum regarding Joseph DiGiovanni, former Kansas City bootlegger and brother of Peter DiGiovanni. The two brothers operated Mid-West Distribution Company, a liquor distributor throughout Jackson County, and "went into the liquor business immediately after [Prohibition] repeal." DiGiovanni plead guilty to Prohibition and and liquor violations during the 1920s.

Memorandum re: Joseph DeLuca

Memorandum including biographical and criminal history for Joseph DeLuca, Kansas City organized crime figure. DeLuca immigrated from Italy in 1910 and moved to Kansas City in 1922, where he was later indicted on narcotics charges Prohibition Act violations, and owned liquor stores with his brother, Frank DeLuca.

Memorandum re: John "Johnnie Mag" Mangiaricina

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."

Memorandum re: James M. Pendergast

Memorandum regarding James M. Pendergast, nephew of Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast. The document discusses his involvement in the 1948 election of Forest Smith as Missouri governor, with the understanding that Smith would allow crime boss Charles Binaggio to have greater influence over the Kansas City police board of commissioners. There are further descriptions of Binaggio's attempts to take advantage of Pendergast's influence prior to that time, and of election fraud efforts in 1946 and 1947.

Memorandum re: James DeSimone

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.

Memorandum re: James Balestrere

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.

Memorandum re: James Balestrere

Memorandum regarding Kansas City organized crime figure James Balestrere, owner of the White House Tavern, where Walt Rainey ran a gambling establishment. Balestrere also received an interest in the Green Hills gambling club owned by crime boss Charles Binaggio, but "did not belong to the Binaggio group." He is described as an old friend of Tony Gizzo, Tano Lococo, and Charles Gargotta.

Memorandum re: J. A. Purdome

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.