Masterminds TV - Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 2006 - Mary Elizabeth Lease - L Frank Baum & The Wizard of Oz 1939 - P S Baber - Groucho Marx - Steve Buscemi - Gangstas: America’s Most Evil TV -
One gang pulls off a brazen jewel heist: millions of dollars in diamonds ripped off in broad daylight. Masterminds e23: Kansas City Diamond Heist, truTV 2004
Kansas City’s greatest jewel-thief outwitted police for years. ibid.
A vehicle pulled up to the front doors of Tivol. Three masked men got out and stormed the jewellery store. The attack moved at blazing speed. The staff were caught completely off guard ... This was a highly coordinated hit. ibid.
Police suspected that an expert gang of jewel thieves had swept through town. They had no idea they’d been outwitted by a local kid on his first swing in the big league. ibid.
Burnett’s other criminal activity had already landed him in custody ... Burnett was going down but he wasn’t going down alone. He could finally get his revenge on the fences who had double-crossed him. ibid.
He [Aaron Rogers] was smart and ambitious. He made millions using techniques police had never seen. Masterminds e36: Leader of the Pack
It started with a series of break-ins at small businesses. But the thieves never took merchandise, only cash. Then another spree began: within a few months credit unions all across the city were victimised. ibid.
They stole the one-ton safe itself. ibid.
Aaron Rogers is the mastermind behind Kansas City’s most amazing burglary spree. ibid.
In Witchita, before proceeding through the intersection of Douglas and Broadway, motorists must get out of their vehicle and fire three shotgun rounds into the air. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 2006
Kansas had better stop raising corn and begin raising hell. Mary Elizabeth Lease, American writer & lecturer
I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more. We must be over the rainbow. The Wizard of Oz 1939 starring Judy Garland & Ray Bolger & Frank Morgan & Jack Haley & Bert Lahr & Billie Burke & Margaret Hamilton & Clara Blandick & Charley Grapewin & Terry the dog, director Victor Fleming, Dorothy
‘I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, gray place you call Kansas.’
‘That is because you have no brains,’ answered the girl. ‘No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.’
The Scarecrow sighed.
‘Of course I cannot understand it,’ he said. ‘If your heads were stuffed with straw, like mine, you would probably all live in beautiful places, and then Kansas would have no people at all. It is fortunate for Kansas that you have brains.’ L Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Kansas afternoons in late summer are peculiar and wondrous things. Often they are pregnant, if not over-ripe, with a pensive and latent energy that is utterly incapable of ever finding an adequate release for itself. This results in a palpable, almost frenetic tension that hangs in the air just below the clouds. By dusk, spread thin across the quilt-work farmlands by disparate prairie winds, this formless energy creates an abscess in the fabric of space and time that most individuals rarely take notice of. But in the soulish chambers of particularly sensitive observers, it elicits a familiar recognition – a vague remembrance – of something both dark and beautiful. Some understand it simply as an undefined tranquility tinged with despair over the loss of something now forgotten. For others, it signifies something far more sinister, and is therefore something to be feared. P S Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe
It isn’t necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy. Groucho Marx
I talked with Quentin about where the character came from, and he told me Kansas City. I don’t know how somebody talks from Kansas City, so I made him from New York. Steve Buscemi
Alejandro Corredor led a double life. In the end his own gangster rap, a confession to conspiracy charges, running drugs, laundering money and ordering murders would land him in the Big House. Gangsters: America’s Most Evil s2e2: Kansas City Kingpin Alejandro Carredor, Bio 2013
A direct connection to the Sinaloa cartel. ibid.
At the time of his arrest he was on the verge of a new life. ibid.
He had already found his calling as a cocaine kingpin. ibid.
His wife fled the house and never came back. ibid.
Fifty kilos into Kansas every two weeks. ibid.