Nell Donnelly (Reed) was a famous Kansas City resident and business owner who was taken for ransom during the Great Depression. Nell was a badass business woman, but she had a few scandalous secrets that came to light following her kidnapping.
This episode is sponsored by:
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- “Missouri Life.” The University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2021, http://www.umsl.edu/mercantile/events-and-exhibitions/online-exhibits/missouri-splendor/Missouri_Life.pdf.
- “Nell Donnelly Marries James A. Reed.” The Pendergast Years, The Kansas City Public Library, 13 Dec. 1933, pendergastkc.org/timeline/nell-donnelly-marries-james-reed.
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- Wilson, Tracy V, and Holly Frey. “Nell Donnelly Reed.” Podgist, Podgist, 21 Dec. 2020, http://www.podgist.com/stuff-you-missed-in-history-class/nell-donnelly-reed/index.html.