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Union Station Massacre

Small Photograph Collection
United States, Missouri, Kansas City
photographic print

Black and white copy of a photograph of the Union Station Massacre. The image is a closeup of the bodies of Kansas City Detectives Frank Hermanson and Bill Grooms lying between two cars. A bloodied hat with a hole in it, presumed to belong to Federal Agent Ray Caffrey, is sitting on top of Caffrey's automobile.

The massacre occurred on June 17, 1933 while federal agents were attempting to return Frank Nash to the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. Three men with guns confronted the officers as they loaded Nash into a vehicle. Four peace officers (Ray Caffrey, Frank Hermanson, Bill Grooms and Otto Reed) and Nash were killed.


Courtesy of the Kansas City Museum and Union Station Kansas City, Kansas City, MO.

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