The Last Straw An Indiana train robbery led to a vigilante action.

For the Reno Gang of Indiana, their last big holdup was the last straw. They robbed a train near Marshfield, Indiana of some $97,000 (around $2-million today) on May 22, 1868. That was bad enough. But several days later, one of the railroad crewmen—shot during the hold-up—died of his wounds. At that point, citizens in southern Indiana began organizing a vigilante group to put an end to the gang. There is an irony: later, it was revealed that the late crew member may have been part of the outlaw gang.

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