Friday, November 29, 2019

Kansas City Firefighter Deadly Explosion Tragedy Remembered

One of the worst events in local history happened 31 years ago today. . . Many Southland residents still remember hearing and feeling tremors from the massive blast that would serve to shape KCMO for a generation. Check this tribute article that doesn't really mention how the horrific episode inspired an even more dangerous prosecution of a bunch of low-income lowlifes who didn't have anything to do with the calamity but were still locked up without much evidence in the name of "closure" and so this town could forget all but the most sentimental details. Check-it:

31 years ago today an explosion killed 6 Kansas City firefighters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's been 31 years since an explosion claimed the lives of six Kansas City firefighters. Thomas Fry, Gerald Halloran, Luther Hurd, James Kilventon Jr., Robert D. McKarnin and Michael Oldham - were killed in a massive early-morning explosion at a construction site near 71-Highway in southeast Kansas City.

12 comments:

chuck said...

Props where props are due. The Kansas City Star, back when they were a real newspaper, should have won a Pulitzer for the reporting, that actually continued into the last decade, on this story.

I don't think the Shepards did it.

The Union set the fire in my opinion.

Anonymous said...


I don't know who did it but I remember it shook my house in Lee's Summit.

Anonymous said...

Well, in my opinion there are equally likely culprits other than "The Union", Chuck. So, maybe yet unknown arsonists intended to distract from their attempted vandalism or theft. And, what about the fly-by-night rent-a-cops with some careless tossing of smoking materials into the fall leaf litter piles blown against the storage trailers, etc.?

chuck said...

^^^ All good questions. I personally knew the Sheppards and two of the lawyers.

It's a light year too complicated to understand unless you read the entire story, which I can't find right now, by the K C Star.

Maybe I am wrong, but, I don't think so.

Anonymous said...

Agree.^^^^^ It was not the Shepards Above that skill level. It was a HUGE blast!

Anonymous said...

Epstein didn’t kill himself!

Anonymous said...

Is this the same police dept. that let all their evidence burn up in a warehouse fire? The same police dept. that has years worth of untested rape kits?

Thought so, don’t expect anything to change.

Don’t they come up with one or two “new plans” every year that don’t do anything?

Springheel said...

Jees. It takes alot to convict someone and if the Sheppards were innocent they sure as hell should not have bragged about doing it or been scumbag enuff to have been known as the leading thieves at that construction site. At the very least they deserved 7 years for all the crimes they committed that could be linked to this disaster. My Dad always said that if you're a dirty SOB, they might eventually accuse you of something you DIDN'T do but your past will convict you and you deserve it.

Springheel said...

As for the HUGE blast guy, either be older than 40 or have an IQ above 80 cuz critical thinkers are sick of idiots who have never read anything above the level of dick and jane.

Springheel said...

The kc star investigation is of the same spirit as the Trump investy. It is what got these miscreants off, simply because the star and it's journalistic hobags love the idea of extolling their virtue while they make homo love to the murderers during jailhouse liaisons. Truman Capote-ish.

Anonymous said...

Fuck KCFD and fuck those 6 losers who blew up- no one gives a shit about hose draggers past or present.

Springheel said...

Oh but dood- lotsa people give a very big shit-they wouldn't give a boohoo about a scumbag like you who cares only bout his self. You probably could not drag a 50 lb hose lay. Fug you and you mutha.