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 Charles Binaggio

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Charles Binaggio

Birth
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, USA
Death 6 Apr 1950 (aged 41)
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Plot Near the corner of 23rd & Cleveland on the Cleveland side
Memorial ID 21438 · View Source
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Charles Binaggio was a gangster who fought his way to the top of the underworld heap more through politics than crime. He was a lieutenant in the political machine of Tom Pendergast and had close ties to crime boss Johnny Lazia. When Pendergast fell from power in 1939 and his organization started to unravel, Binaggio emerged as the new leader of the cityÕs underworld and ran much of Kansas City in the 1940s. Binaggio wanted to reopen Kansas City to widespread vice, especially gambling, which was a hallmark of the Pendergast era. A high-profile murder of a known gambler in Kansas City then caused a crack down on the sport, and a grand jury investigation into organized crime put pressure on Binaggio. This focused a great deal of bad national publicity on him. On April 6, 1950, Charles Binaggio and Charles Gargotta, both well-known local crime figures, were found dead inside the First Ward Democratic Club on Truman Road in Kansas City MO. They had been shot to death at close range in a gangland-style execution. BinaggioÕs murder stunned the city and its shock waves reached Washington, D.C., where Congress appointed a special committee to investigate organized crime. Despite investigations by five law enforcement agencies, the murders of Binaggio and Gargotta were never solved.

Bio by: Bill Walker


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 15 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21438
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Binaggio (12 Jan 1909–6 Apr 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21438, citing Mount Saint Marys Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .