A Pinkerton Lie

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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.

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