MISSOURI: Death Penalty

One Saturday morning in May 1933, two young men pushed their way past the maid into the home of H. F. McElroy, Kansas City city manager and "front" for the Pendergast machine, and rushed upstairs. McElroy's daughter, Mary, was taking a bath. They shouted for her to get dressed and come out, or they would shoot through the door. Terrified, Mary obeyed. They seized her, bundled her downstairs and into a car.

The story was in Kansas City newspaper offices that night, but not a line of it appeared next day. So strong...

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