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Downtown 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

 
 
In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Parker, October 15, 2023
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.
 
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Location. 39° 5.055′ N, 94° 35.09′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. It is in Downtown Kansas City. 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. Union Station's Lamp Post Clock (a few steps from this marker); Union Station Kansas City (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Memorial Dedication Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Park Statue (about 800 feet away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Liberty Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad (approx. ¼ mile away); The Freight House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Additional keywords. Famous Crime Scenes
 
In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Onions, January 27, 2008
2. In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker
In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Parker, October 15, 2023
3. In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker
In Memory of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the "Kansas City Massacre" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Onions, June 13, 2009
4. 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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 2,177 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. Photos:   1. submitted on October 20, 2023, by Mark Parker of Hickory, North Carolina.   2. submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.   3. submitted on October 20, 2023, by Mark Parker of Hickory, North Carolina.   4. submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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