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In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the “Kansas City Massacre”

June 17, 1933

 
 
In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, January 27, 2008
1. In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker
Inscription. RAYMOND J. CAFFREY Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation OTTO REED Chief of Police, McAlester, Oklahoma WILLIAM J. GROOMS Detective, Kansas City Missouri Police Department FRANK HERMANSON Detective, Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Near this location the above named officers were slain and FBI Agents Francis J. Lackey and Reed E. Vetterli were wounded while transferring Federal prisoner Frank Nash, who had been apprehended the previous day, to the Federal Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas.

While in the parking lot at Union Station these officers were attacked by Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, Vernon Miller and Adam Richetti, who intended to free Nash. Nash was unintentionally killed in the hail of Tommygun and shotgun fire.

This incident so outraged the American public that new Federal legislation was enacted the following year. Such crimes as bank robbery and extortion became Federal offenses and FBI Agents were authorized to carry firearms.
 
Erected 1991 by Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.
 
Location. 39° 5.055′ N, 94° 35.09′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is on West Pershing Road. Click for map. This marker
In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, June 13, 2009
2. In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker
A "Kansas City Gangster" Tour was in progress with the tour guide dressed in a zoot suit. The group is standing around the marker.
is left of the right entrance to Union Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 W Pershing Road, Kansas City MO 64108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty Memorial Dedication Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Park Statue (about 800 feet away); Liberty Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Silas Calhoun (approx. half a mile away); Sisters of Saint Mary (approx. half a mile away); Pioneer Mother Monument (approx. half a mile away); Spanish-American War/Philippine Insurrection/China Relief Expedition Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Also see . . .  Famous Cases - Kansas City Massacre - Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd. The link discusses the history and the aftermath of the Kansas City Massacre. (Submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
Additional keywords. Famous Crime Scenes
 
Categories. 20th CenturyGovernment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,545 times since then and 82 times this year. Last updated on , by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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