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 John F. “Brother John” Lazia

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John F. “Brother John” Lazia

  • Birth 22 Sep 1896 Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Death 10 Jul 1934 Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Near the corner of 23rd & Cleveland
  • Memorial ID 21436

Kansas City crime figure. In 1928 John Lazia was appointed head of the powerful North side Democratic Club in Kansas City MO. He was also a night club owner and dog track operator with a criminal record, and he was the undisputed boss of the North Side of Kansas City MO. So complete was his control here that if you called the police, John Lazia was apt to answer the phone. The Kansas City massacre, known as the Union Station massacre to Kansas Citizens on June 17, 1933 was linked to him. In August of 1933 he and one of his lieutenants, Charles Gargotta, barely survived the famed Armour Boulevard shoot-out. Charles Gargotta was shot down years later along with Charles Binnagio on April 06, 1950. Lazia had failed to file a federal return on $82,000 for 1929. He was convicted and sentenced to serve one year in jail. But boss Tom Pendergast interceded. Because of this, 37-year-old Johnny Lazia was out on appeal and on July 10, 1934 he was shot down in a riot of submachine gun fire.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 15 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21436
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John F. “Brother John” Lazia (22 Sep 1896–10 Jul 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21436, citing Mount Saint Marys Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .