Lon and Ed Maxwell were small time criminals, petty robbers and horse thieves in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. And then it turned really ugly.
The brothers got into a gunfight and killed two Durand, Wisconsin lawmen in July 1881. The outlaws were both hurt when they escaped the largest manhunt in Wisconsin history. They ran back to their home state or Illinois—where they killed a sheriff in another shootout.
After going back on the run for awhile, Ed was caught and lynched in Wisconsin. Lon somehow escaped and disappeared into history.