Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre"
June 17, 1933
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.
Topics. This historical marker is Law Enforcement.
Location. 39° 5.055′ N, 94° 35.09′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is on West Pershing Road. This marker is left of the right entrance to Union Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 W Pershing Road, Kansas City MO 64108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. ¼ mile 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
Additional keywords. Famous Crime Scenes
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,749 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.