Nash, Frank

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The Union Station Massacre

On June 17, 1933, four law enforcement officers and their prisoner, Frank Nash, were fatally wounded in a botched rescue attempt outside Union Station. The story of the Union Station Massacre, as it became known, centered on Frank Nash, who had been convicted of three separate crimes of a serious nature: murder, armed burglary, and then assault.

Union Station Massacre Scene

Photograph of the front of Union Station in Kansas City where the Union Station Massacre has just happened. Identification on back reads: At right is the automobile of Raymond J. Caffrey, federal officer who conducted Frank Nash to Union Station, at Kansas City, Mo., where he and three other officers as well as Nash, the convict, were slain when gangsters attempted to wrest the prisoner from the officers. Between the cars may be seen two of the officers who were slain in the shooting and behind the wheel of Caffrey's car the head of the slain Nash.

U.S. vs. Richard Tallman Galatas, Herbert Allen Farmer, et al.: Indictment

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 12698: United States vs. Richard Tallman Galatas, alias Dick Galadis, alias Pritchard Sheridan; Herbert Allen Farmer, alias Herbert Black, alias H. A. Patton, alias W. H. Williams; Esther Farmer; Frances Nash, alias Frances Miller, alias Frances Harrison; Frank B. Mulloy, alias Frits Mulloy; Louis Stacci, alias Doc Stacey; Elisabeth Galatas, alias Betty McFadden, alias Mrs. Glenn Morris, and Vivian Mathis, alias Vivian Page, alias Clara Hays, Defendants. The defendants are charged in a conspiracy of aiding Vernon C.

U.S. vs. Adam Richetti: Indictment

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 12777: United States vs. Adam Richetti, Defendant. Richetti is charged with assaulting state and federal officers and attempting to free Frank Nash from custody as part of the Union Station Massacre.

The Four Horsemen of the Pendergast Machine

Pamphlet written by Ewing Young Mitchell, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce in Franklin D. Roosevelt administration's first term. He first responds to Harry Truman's statement to a reporter that "he never had sought the support of the Pendergast political organization in Missouri" and that the Pendergast machine was not involved in scandal until after he was elected to the Senate.

Missouri vs. Adam Richetti: State's Exhibit 6

Mug shot of Frank Nash, used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The detained Nash was killed in the Union Station Massacre as FBI agents and police officers attempted to transport him.

Missouri vs. Adam Richetti: State's Exhibit 15

Photograph of a damaged Chevrolet, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. FBI Agent R. J. Caffrey was attempting to transport Frank Nash in this vehicle when Vernon C. Miller, Adam C. Richetti, and Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd opened fire on them, killing Caffrey, Nash, Kansas City Police Officers W. J. Grooms and Frank Hermanson, and Oklahoma Police Chief Otto Reed.

Missouri vs. Adam Richetti: Opinion

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in Richetti's motion for a new trial, Ellison affirms that Richetti was guilty of murdering Frank Hermanson on June 17, 1933 as part of the Union Station Massacre. Ellison further affirms Richetti's death penalty and orders its administration with lethal gas, at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Missouri vs. Adam Richetti: Defendant's Exhibit L

Kansas City Police Department miscellaneous report of the Union Station Massacre, used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The report provides a summary of the incident from the perspective of FBI agent T. J. Lackey, who was present during the shooting.

KMBC Special Broadcast, 1938-11-19, Kansas City Police Reporters Share Stories, Part 2

Extant excerpt of a KMBC special radio broadcast: Three Kansas City police reporters talk about their work, about Kansas City crime, and share their on-the-job stories. Discussion of Frank Nash, Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd, and Otto Higgins are included.

Kansas City Massacre Conspiracy Trial Witnesses

Photograph of telephone operators Nannie Belle Kennedy (left), Hattie Bongers (center), and Vera Felton (right). These witnesses inadvertently connected long distance wires for those charged in the trial concerning the Kansas City Massacre, June 17, 1933.

Kansas City Massacre at Union Station

Wide shot of Kansas City Massacre aftermath. This event, also known as the Union Station Massacre, saw the deaths of Frank Nash, an Oklahoma train and bank robber; William J. Grooms, a Kansas City police officer; Frank E. Hermanson, another Kansas City police officer; Raymond J. Caffrey, an FBI specialist; and Otto Reed, the chief of police for McAlester, Oklahoma. Outlaws Vernon Miller, Charles (Pretty Boy) Floyd, and Adam Richetti were attempting to free Frank Nash from law enforcement custody.