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Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family 1900-1950 Paperback – June 12, 2008
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Well, as it turns out, Ouseley is an adroit historian who obviously studied the past as he investigated the powerful Civella clan that ran the KC rackets in the last half of the 20th Century. In Open City, Agent Ouseley constructs the most detailed account available of the events that led up to the conditions that he investigated in the 70's and 80's.
In Open City, you will find much information not covered in The Mafia and the Machine, which offers an overarching summary of the KC Mob but stops short of providing some of the deep, under-the-microscope investigative history that Ouseley offers in Open City. Ouseley drew on some rare source material including the personal memoirs of the omnipresent Nicolo Gentile, who penetrated crime families from coast to coast. Also of special note is a superb description of the Outfits involvement at the Stork Club in Iowa. These are just two examples.Read more ›
More interesting or at least more current to the organized crime that still takes their cut of much of KC constructions, unions, strip joints, silent partners, etc. (Kansas City is as mob infested as it ever was except the "mob" has had a permanent Depression ever since Central American (not just Mexico) gangs took over drugs and violence in KC in the 90's.) The mob is scared to death of gangs like MS-13 as they have no "rules", no fear of death and don't value life -- theirs or anyone else's. The KC police just let these gangs kill each other as if they are helping society by ridding it of these gang members who would otherwise endanger innocent people or a police officer in a gun battle over nothing.
I see Frank Hayde commented on this book. His excellent book is also a compilation of KC Star articles. NOTHING not already publicly known. Smart. Although the did repeat a number of errors that were also wrong in the Star as in other material proving he did use the research material he listed. While it is just a summary of already known information (just as this book is) he still performed a service by putting it all in one book.
Several of my late uncles are named in Ouseley's book. He missed on a few of the "facts" but they are minor. I remember as a young boy my surviving uncle taking me along to large picnics north of the river where it seemed everyone had Italian names and some spoke only Italian.Read more ›
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A bit tedious but very informative. Overall a good and interesting readPublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
A must read for anyone from KC or even remotely interested in KC.Published 11 months ago by mike rovello
Good read from one side's perspective.... still enjoyed it. Will read more from this author. Grew up in Old Northeast, as a matter of fact... I'm still there... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Paul Zaner
I am enjoying the book and a lot of the story is familiar to me.Published on July 29, 2014 by John Carey
My family history includes characters mentioned in this historical description of the rise & fall of the "family" and the political machine in Kansas City. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by R. Carlston
What a great story about the mafia of kansas city and the history of our city and law enforcement officials who give their all.Published on January 2, 2014 by Eric Roberts