Press Release: June 8, 2011
National Archives at Kansas City
Author William Ouseley to Discuss Mobsters in Our Midst at the National Archives
For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072
Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host author William Ouseley, on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of his book Mobsters in Our Midst. Ouseley will be available to sign copies of his book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.
Organized crime formed part of the political, economic, and social fabric of Kansas City for much of the 20th century and; the mob’s power was never greater than in the three decades it was ruled by Nick Civella. Mobsters in our Midst tells the story of the rise and fall of Civella, Kansas City's longest-reigning mob boss, and his powerful crime family, as told by the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who helped bring down Civella and his cronies. The book includes never-before-published detail of the crimes and investigations that led to the demise of Civella mob rule. In addition, National Archives records are used to tell the story, along with 20 pages of archival photographs.
About the author
William Ouseley spent 25 years in the FBI, more than 20 of those investigating and prosecuting organized crime figures in Kansas City. He has testified as an expert witness in federal court and before a U.S. Senate investigations panel. He is also author of Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family 1900-1950.
Copies of Mobsters in Our Midst will be available for purchase via the Kansas City Store onsite. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.
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