The Night of Blood Vigilantes made quick work of Indiana’s Reno Gang.

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The night of December 12, 1868, about 50 men hijacked a train from Seymour to New Albany, IN.  Once there, they took over the county jail (wounding the sheriff in the process)…and proceeded to bring justice to the Reno Gang.

The outlaws were responsible for a crime wave throughout Indiana in the ‘60s.  And citizens finally tired of it. Frank, Sim and Wil Reno along with their pal Charlie Anderson were all strung up.  The vigilantes considered hanging all the prisoners but decided not to and left. Nobody was ever identified or arrested for “The Night of Blood.”

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