National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: May 31, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

Robert Unger to Discuss The Union Station Massacre: The Original Sin of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)… The National Archives at Kansas City will host Robert Unger on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion titled The Union Station Massacre: The Original Sin of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.

The Union Station Massacre tells the story of how a bloody shoot-out in Kansas City in 1933 became the lynchpin for J. Edgar Hoover's successful transformation of the FBI from a powerless subagency into a law-enforcement juggernaut. Using dubious authority and outright lies, Hoover's FBI turned the massacre case into a witch-hunt for "Pretty Boy" Floyd and Adam Richetti. Floyd was gunned down in a field in Ohio, and Richetti was convicted of murder and executed, based on perjured testimony and manipulated evidence. All the while, the FBI scrupulously avoided the truth. The Union Station Massacre strips away years of legend to reveal what truly happened that June day in 1933.

For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email

About the speaker

Robert Unger is a former prize winning national correspondent for The Kansas City Star and investigative reporter and columnist for The Chicago Tribue. He has filed stories from 47 states and 14 foreign countries and won a staff-shared Pulitzer Prize and the National Press Club's Award for Diplomatic Correspondence. His first book-length nonfiction work The Union Station Massacre was published in 1997. Currently, he heads the Urban Journalism program at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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