this day in crime history: june 17, 1933

On this date in 1933, three men — believed to be outlaw, and former lawman, Verne Miller, along with bank robbers Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd and Adam Richetti — attempted to free Frank “Jelly” Nash from Federal custody in Kansas City. A gunfight ensued, leaving three police officers, an FBI Agent, and Frank Nash dead.

FBI History: Famous Cases Kansas City Massacre – Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd

Wikipedia: Kansas City Massacre

Movie: The Kansas City Massacre (1975)

7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: june 17, 1933

  1. John D.:
    Naturally, the ones who escaped were the “important” ones…who would ALL later receive their own “reward” for their exploits.
    Verne Miller…helluva wheelman.

    A very good story.

    Roll safe out there.


  2. How did Nash end up with the nickname Jelly? The press must have run out of cool sounding names after Machine Gun Kelly, Scarface Al Capone, and Mad Dog Coll. At least he wasn’t Baby Face.


    • As the story goes, it was shortened from “Jellybean”, which was his nickname as a child. There’s also another version that says he got the moniker from his use of explosives, which were sometimes referred to as “jelly.”


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