David True – ATF Agent

March 7, 2022

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Gary interviews retired ATF Agent David True about his book Gangsters, Outlaws, and Mobsters: A Missouri History of Twentieth-Century Crimes and Criminals. Agent True was assigned to the Kansas City area for the majority of his career. In this episode, Gary and David recount the first organized “sting” operation in the United States. In 1978 The Kansas City Police Special Investigations Unit led by Major Sid Harlow joined the ATF and rented a storefront in the Northeast area of the city. They recruited a well-known professional criminal named Al Murie to take an undercover agent around to bars and clubs and spread the word that they were buying stolen cars, guns, jewelry, or anything else that they could turn for a buck. Al Murie was a local character who was a sprint car driver at Midwest racetracks who supported his racing by stealing record albums. He was well-known by the KC Mafia and during the course of this investigation, he introduced the undercover into the mob’s social club known as The Trap.” David True was the agent who handled all the logistics and liaison with other agencies for this project.Ā  Ā Ā 

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