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OSBI 1940 Timeline   
1940's Investigative Equipment                         

Equipment used in the detection of crime by the Division of Investigation


1940 - The Division of Investigation is divided into three units: Technical or Identification Unit; Stolen Automobile Unit;  and the Investigative Unit.  Collectively, the units investigate violations of state laws, collect evidence, and serve as a clearinghouse for information to various law enforcement agencies. 

 


1942 - Escapee Frank LeClair, at large for 27 years, is captured in Oklahoma City after his fingerprints are searched and identified by Crime Bureau Fingerprint Expert, Floyd Perryman.

 


1943 - Employees of the Identification Unit of the Division of Investigation are recognized by civilian and military authorities as being one of the best units in the nation.

 


1944 - Fingerprint files in the Division prove valuable during World War II.   Fingerprints are required in naval and military enlistments, civil service employment, and all branches of defense work.

 


1944 - The Division of Investigation offers the services of a photographer and "operator of technical instruments" to local law enforcement.  This Division also provides "photostatic" copies of instruments and documents saving the state, county, and city governments thousands of dollars.

 


1945 - The Division of Investigation employs 18 people.

 


1948 - County law enforcement officers in Oklahoma are offered the facilities and aid of the Crime Bureau in enforcing liquor laws.

 


Golden Kennedy

Golden Kennedy1948 - Former Oklahoma City Police Detective and Sheriff's Investigator, Golden Kennedy, is hired as an agent for the Crime Bureau.  While investigating the murder of an Oklahoma soldier, Kennedy traveled to New York to interview a suspect who was incarcerated on unrelated charges.  After the suspect confessed to the murder, he and Kennedy began their trip back to Oklahoma.  However, as the plane approached the runway, the suspect told Kennedy that his cell mate had, just the night before, confessed to a nearby bank robbery.   Kennedy had the pilot turn the Bureau plane around, so that he could provide the information to the local authorities.  The local police were quite pleased to have the bank robbery solved, and Kennedy returned his suspect to Oklahoma where the suspect later pleads guilty and receives a life sentence for the death of the soldier.

 

 


1949 - The Bureau establishes an office in Tulsa - one agent is assigned to the Tulsa district.