Rough Justice A posseman was brutal in seeking info on the James-Younger Gang.

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The Northfield gang.

The James-Younger Gang was on the run after the Northfield robbery debacle, and posses were on the hunt.  One group led by Minneapolis Police Detective Mike Hoy thought the outlaws might hiding out with known criminals.  So they found an ex-con named Dolan—and put him to the hanging torcher, putting a rope around his neck and hauling him up in an effort to get him to talk.

But he didn’t.  Even after being “hanged” three times.  It finally occurred to Hoy that Dolan didn’t know anything, so the gasping man was freed.

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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.