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Thursday, August 07, 2014
Contact: Laura Swinford, (573) 522-2592
Kander Announces Archives Program Featuring Author and Filmmaker Terence O'Malley
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, will host a program exploring the history of organized crime in Kansas City. The program, on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 7 p.m., will feature Terence O’Malley speaking about his new book and documentary, Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City.
From 1900 through the 1980s, Kansas City was home to one of the most effective crime organizations in the United States. Black Hand Strawman 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.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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