The Mafia and the Machine: The Story of the Kansas City Mob
The story of the American Mafia is not complete without a chapter on Kansas City. The City of Fountains has appeared in the The Godfather, Casino, and The Sopranos, but many Midwesterners are not aware that Kansas City has affected the fortunes of the entire underworld. In The Mafia and the Machine, author Frank Hayde ties in every major name in organized crime-Luciano, Bugsy, Lansky-as well as the city's corrupt police force.
Detailed picture of KC underworld history
By Thomas Hunt "email@example.com" - February 13, 2008
Author Frank Hayde left no stone unturned as he assembled a comprehensive and readable history of the Kansas City underworld. He neatly tied together generations of political shenanigans by the influential Pendergast political machine and numerous murders and illicit business ventures by the local Sicilian-Italian Mafia organization.
In telling just over a century's worth of history, Hayde did considerably more than merely hit the high points - the Union Station Massacre, point-shaving allegations against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Strawman case, and the shocking assassination of a political boss within a Democratic headquarters. Hayde also provided rich detail on little known events, such as the Election Day riots of the 1920s and 1930s and the River Quay war, without ever allowing his narrative to become bogged down.
The result is the most complete picture yet of the Kansas City underworld and of the mutualistic relationship between organized politics and... read more
Great Book on the Kansas City Mob
By Rick "Mad Dog" Mattix - February 29, 2008
While many books have been written about the Pendergast machine and about the Union Station Massacre, the surface has barely been scratched until now on Kansas City's colorful and violent gangster past. A center of gang activity from the James boys to the Civellas, it was characterized by Attorney General Homer Cummings in the 1930s as one of the spokes in the "Midwest Crime Corridor" axis, along with Chicago and the Twin Cities. The rise and fall of the Pendergast machine, its sponsorship of political and police corruption and wide-open gambling and vice which made the city a haven for outlaws, and its intertwining with the Kansas City Mafia are explored in detail. The Mob history continues through the Civella years of the KC Family's influential involvement in the Teamsters Union and Las Vegas and their rapid decline as the 20th Century closed. Long closely associated with the Chicago Mob (as indicated by their shared name -- "the Outfit"), KC's Italian mob was still no mere... read more
RICK "SHAQ" GOLDSTEIN SAYS: "A DETAILED HISTORY OF KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI'S CORRUPTED POLITICS & MAFIA!"
By Rick Shaq Goldstein "*SHAQ*" - February 13, 2008
"The story of the American Mafia, is not complete without a chapter on Kansas City, Missouri. Even Hollywood gives a nod to Kansas City in movies about the Mafia. When Vito Corleone hosted a meeting of the national syndicate in "THE GODFATHER", he welcomed delegates from Kansas City and the other territories. In Martin Scorsese's epic "CASINO" Chicago is never mentioned by name, but Kansas City is freely invoked as the setting for complicated Mob conspiracies. When New York wise guys needed a cover for Hugh Grant in the Mob comedy "MICKEY BLUE EYES, they dressed him up as a "goodfella" from KC. And in the second season of HBO's "THE SOPRANO'S", Sal Bonpensiero's FBI handler makes mention of a fellow organized crime investigator who was reassigned to Kansas City. Screenwriters and storytellers have long been aware of what many Midwesterners are not: KANSAS CITY IS KEY IN THE HISTORY OF ORGANIZED CRIME!"
"Investigations conducted in the 1950's in Kansas City and elsewhere... read more