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VOLUME 14 7 HELD IN Me ELROY KIDNAPING 3 Men and 2 Women Are Arrested in Texas; 2 Other Men in Kansas City PART OF RANSOM ALSO RECOVERED Alleged Leader of Gang Nabbed in Amarillo as He Trades for New Car AMARILLO, Tex., June 2 (JP) --Three men and two women were arrested here today in connection with the kidnaping in sas City of Mary McElroy, "daughter of the city manager. Police Chief W. R. McDowell said -those arrested gave their names as W. H. McGee, sought s.s the ringleader of the kidnapers, J. R. Gilbert and Mrs. Gilbert, and Wendell Johnson and wife. Kansas City officers are en route by plane, McDowell said. McDowell said $4,291 in cash was taken from McGee. The party had stopped at the salesroom, of a local automobile agency to trade for a new car, their old one having "burned out" on the highway. Pistols In AiVo Identity of the alleged kidnapers became known when the automobile agency telegraphed to Kansas City to determine ownership of the car. The message was turned over to Kansas City police, who notified Chief McDowell to make the arrests. McDowell said two pistols and a rifle we-e taken from the car. The traicd-in car war. registered in McGee's name. of following United for are in had the in A 2 Caught in Kansas City ^ KANSAS CITY, June 2 UP} -- RR/Poliee announced this afternoon .that seven persons who they as- scrwl were involved , kid- r.;t.piig last Saturday ol Miss Mary McElroy, 25, daughter of City Manager H. F. McElroy, liavc been arrested. Police said three men and two women were arrested in Amar- i!lc, Tex., and the other two were taken into custody here. Police named Walter McGee, held in Amarillo, as being the reputed leader of tlio extortion gang. Officers said part of th« $30,000 paid by City Manager McElroy for his daughter's release last Sunday had been recovered. Police said the car which McGee attempted to trade at Amarillo fitted the description of the machine used by the kidnapers. County officers said a warrant for the arrest of McGee had secretly been prepared two days ago. One of the men arrested told police his name is Sam Click. HIGcc Not Questioned McGee and his companions were held in the city jail at Amarillo. Officers had made no effort to question them regarding the kid- naping, and they had made no , ^.reference to the crime. McGee 4fci\vas saia by police to have a lor- \r- mer wife living in Portland, Ore. R. K. Cole, . city detective, and B. Rowlin, a postal inspector, were sent by airplane to Portland, May 30, with instructions to report at intervals. Thc/j men had the license number of McGee's car. Later developments indicated a possibility that McGee had gone to Minneapolis, Minn., and Police Lieut. Jeff Rayen, with Joseph Brennan, a railroad detective, flew to Minneapolis to investigate. Dealt With McElroy Police declared McGee is the man who negotiated with McElroy and asserted he was accompanied either by Click or a man not yet under arrest when the ransom money was paid. Click was arrested at his home in Kansas City, Kans. McGee was described by police here as about 37 years old, once a driver of large transportation trucks. Officers said he is a former convict who served a sentence in the Oregon state peni-, tentiary at Salem and is sought in several Kansas bank robber- S- Extradition papers were being ^"prepared late today by the prosecutor for use in case the five persons under arrest at Amarillo refuse to return here. A kidnap- ing infomation also was being prepared against the five. Intercepted Wire. Officers f.vmi here intercepted a telegram addressed to Abe Starr, a junk dealer at Leaven- v/orth, Kas., saying: W. H. McGee trading us 1932 Oldsmobile oigViV sedan, motor No. 59S. States he purchased it from you. You wire us verifying Ub your serial, and is car clear. Also responsibility of W. H. McGee. "Amarillo Oldsmobile Companv, Amarillo, Tex." Starr's place of business was under surveillance of federal and local officers from Kansas City in the belief Starr would be queried when and If an attempt was raade to dispose of McGee's au- 10mo bile. Hjalmar German moratorium German ther gold far her JP--Former A. municipal said the ship an airport quit a clearing- landing. forces, rules an any veterans was 2 district today wardens Unionville and Johnson,

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  1. Moberly Monitor-Index,
  2. 02 Jun 1933, Fri,
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