A Last Hurrah for the Reno Gang The Reno Gang takes a big haul in one of their last jobs.

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Frank Reno

The Reno Gang hit the big time on May 22, 1868.  They robbed a train near Marshfield, Indiana of about $96,000—more than $1.5 million in today’s dollars—and got clean away, at least for the time being.

A member of the train crew was killed during the heist.  Law enforcement boosted its efforts to bring the gang to justice.  Within a couple of months, most of the outlaws were under arrest.  By the end of that year, 11 of them—including leader Frank Reno—were lynched by southern Indiana vigilantes.

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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.