Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City

Event Date: 8/14/2014
End Date: 8/18/2014
Location: James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, 600 W Main St, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description: From 1900 through the 1980s, Kansas City was home to one of the most effective crime organizations in the United States. Black Hand Strawman, Terence O’Malley’s book and documentary film of the same name, explores this history, from the early years of “Black Hand” extortion within the Sicilian American community to the FBI’s “Strawman” investigation of Las Vegas profit skimming. Through a combination of contemporary interviews, historical newsreels, crime scene photos, police files and surveillance recordings, Black Hand Strawman follows the rise and decline of the Kansas City mob and its alliance with the Pendergast political machine. O’Malley will intersperse clips from the film throughout his presentation to bring to life one of the most compelling true crime stories in American history.
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