Allan Pinkerton Lied

allan-pinkerton-blogThe great detective said that he and six associates kidnapped outlaw John Reno from a Seymour, IN train depot in November 1867.  The lawmen pulled Reno on board a slow moving train and hauled him off to Missouri, where he was convicted of burglarizing a county treasury.

The truth—John Reno was arrested by police in an Indianapolis hotel, and then legally extradited to Missouri where he spent more than 10 years in prison.

The fake story helped burnish Pinkerton’s reputation as a crime fighter who would stop at nothing to get justice.

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