Relative’s Supposed Suicide Uncovers Historical Crime

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1930s Kansas City politics are the stage for story of corruption, murder and intrigue in the new book Pendergast’s Retaliation: A True Cold Case File.

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In 1920s and 1930s Kansas City, many of the police officers had criminal records. The city itself was known as Tom’s Town, after its political boss, Tom Pendergast. This is the Kansas City presented in the new book Pendergast’s Retaliation: A True Cold Case File (published by AuthorHouse) by Carolyn Clyde Dolan and Shirley Clyde McCullough. Based on their research into a relative’s supposed suicide, it is a compelling story of corruption and murder.

“What is it?” I asked. “It’s an old tattered newspaper article. I wonder what newspaper this is. There’s no date or anything written on it. This states that Reid killed himself with a 38-caliber handgun. He committed suicide!” Shirley read in astonishment, continuing, she read, “He died in November of 1932.” according to the article. “Mother, what happened to Uncle Reid?”
– excerpted from Pendergast’s Retaliation

In 1932 Reid Latta’s death was reported as a suicide, but Dolan and McCullough discovered the truth: a lifelong Democrat, Latta was targeted by the political machine of Tom Pendergast because he became a Republican precinct captain. The authors found many inconsistencies to back up their conclusions. Why was there a mysterious woman in his life who vanished at the time of his death? How many other supposed suicides from that time might be murders in disguise?

About the Authors
Carolyn Clyde Dolan is a past member of Kansans for Effective Criminal Justice and the Kansas Division of the International Association for Identification. She has lectured on victims’ and victims’ survivors’ rights. A former commissioned member of the Governor’s Crime Prevention Committee, she is vice-regent of her local chapter and president of the Northeast Kansas Regent’s Round Table, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Shirley Clyde McCullough is a 10-year veteran of the United States Postal Service and has been with the Johnson County Library for nearly 20 years. Discovering her Uncle Reid’s history has made her interest in genealogy blossom.

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