The Union Station Massacre

On June 17, 1933, one of the most significant shootouts in American law enforcement history took place. The location was in front of Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. It is known as the Union Station Massacre or the Kansas City Massacre. Four law enforcement officers were killed, along with the prisoner they were transporting. The significance of the incident derives from the fact that it resulted in the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as we now know it.

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The FBI’s official version of the events

The FBI files on the incident

The Kansas City Library writeup of the incident including an alternate version of the events

A more complete explanation of the alternate version by Professor Robert Unger

Professor Unger’s book

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