From the original cutline that ran March 12, 1970: "A private guard, armed and in uniform, patrols the parking lot of a downtown business building at night. He is there as a deterrent to car prowlers seeking to steal or potential muggers or rapists. The dramatic rise in crime in recent years has seen a corresponding rise in the private security business. -- (Kansas City Star photograph by William E. Humphrey.)"
Friday, July 13, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
From the original April 13, 1969 cutline: The "joy ride" is over for these two youths as Patrolmen Garrett Smith and Terry Rogers (holding shotgun) arrest them for investigation of car theft. The first three months this year more than 1,500 stolen cars were reported to police. (Kansas City Star photograph by Ray Corey.)
You need to click on the larger image to get the full benefit. I really like how they've got a shotgun trained on these nefarious-looking preppies.
Monday, July 09, 2007
From the original cutline: A detective takes fingerprints from a safe pried open Tuesday night at the Blankinship Distributors, 1900 Vine Street. G. Lawrence Blankinship, third district councilman, owner of the wholesale drug and sundries distributing firm, said money from the safe plus a large amount of supplies were taken by the burglars. Det. Carl Haltman said the men entered by knocking a large hole in the rear of the building.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
From 1979. "Two vice officers with the Kansas City Police Department hurry to make an arrest for soliciting during their decoy operation Friday night at 11th and Baltimore. The woman at left is a policewoman." (Note: you can only see the woman and the suspect in the full-size version. Click here. )
Saturday, June 16, 2007
From February 1973, by photographer David Hutson. "Several members of the Kansas City Police Department stand by for instructions before proceeding with their part of the shakedown yesterday at the Jackson County jail. Officers carried gas canisters and masks for use in the event the prisoners rebelled."
Saturday, June 09, 2007
This week: Kansas City SWAT. (Or tactical response, or special response. I keep forgetting the correct terminology.) I was browsing through the old files and found an entire manila envelope full of awesome. Above and below, local officers train at Fort Riley. These images are from 1976. To see larger versions, click here and here.
Seriously, click the larger version for this one. So awesome.
An image from 1980, a real-life situation. From the original cutline: "Officers from the Kansas City Police Department's tactical support unit watch the front door of a house at 210 N. Mersington during four hours of surveillance Sunday. The operation ended with the recovery of a high-powered rifle and a car registered to a suspect in the slaying of five persons May 29, but no one was arrested." Full image here.
This one's from 1979. Cutline: Two policemen helped conduct an Operation 100 in an incident in 1979 near Independence and Lawndale." Full image here.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
This week: The trial of Tom Pendergast, the party boss who essentially ran Kansas City during the Great Depression. In May 1939, he pleaded guilty to income-tax evasion and received a sentence of 15 months in prison, plus five years probation. (The tax evaded, plus fines? About $830,000, according to David McCullough's book about Truman.) The next year, the "clean sweep" reform movement would overrun his political machine.
And for the road, here's a quote from Pendergast's last interview with a St. Louis paper, given after he got out of Leavenworth. (Found this in the Star's book "Kansas City: An American Story.")
"I've done a lot for Kansas City -- for the poor. I've done more than all the big shots and bankers ... Put this down: I've never broken my word to any living human being I gave it to. That is the key to success in politics."
Within five years of leaving jail, Pendergast would die at age 72.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
This week: The Union Station Massacre. Five people -- a federal agent, two Kansas City police detectives, a police chief from Oklahoma and escaped convict Frank Nash -- were killed outside the train station on June 17, 1933. The shooting helped J. Edgar Hoover acquire more support and increased funding for what would become the modern FBI. Journalist Robert Unger had a book in 1997 that uncovered a lot of hidden history about how the case was handled.
Above: A photo taken shortly after the shooting.
Below: A closeup of one of the vehicles involved in the shooting.