Author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley discusses his new book Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City, a companion to his documentary of the same name, on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
O’Malley presents a veritable “Hood’s Who” of Kansas City’s Black Hand/Mafia/Cosa Nostra, an inglorious yet persistently fascinating element of Kansas City’s organized crime history.
The Black Hand era (1900-early 1920s) saw the rise of Italian organized crime in Kansas City, its later alliance with the Pendergast political machine, and its continuing rise to power over the next half century. O’Malley also discusses the lives of the overwhelming majority of Italian American community in Kansas City, who suffered as victims of organized crime.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.