A Pinkerton Lie Their story about arresting John Reno is a fantasy.

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John Reno

The Pinkertons say they lured train robber John Reno to the Seymour, Indiana train depot in 1867.  According to the story, as the train was rolling to the platform, agents jumped out, grabbed Reno, and took him to Missouri where he was tried, convicted and imprisoned for robbing a county treasury.

But it didn’t happen that way.  Reno was arrested by Missouri and Indiana authorities—not Pinkertons–in an Indianapolis hotel and legally extradited to Missouri.  Yet the legend of the depot kidnapping is still part of Pinkerton lore.

What do you think?

Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.