The Legend of the Reno Brothers

The Legend of the Reno Brothers is a 2013 American Western documentary film by Hangman's Crossing Productions starring Morgan Rague. The world's first three peacetime train robberies were carried out by Frank and John Reno in Seymour, Indiana. The Reno Gang became so successful the Adams Express Company and railroad tycoons hired Allan Pinkerton to bring them to justice.

The Legend of the Reno Brothers
Directed byAnthony Susnick, Morgan Raque
Written byAnthony Susnick, Morgan Raque
Produced byA David Distler
StarringMorgan Rague
Narrated byMark "Big Poppa" Stampley
CinematographyAnthony Susnick
Edited byMind Pilots Media, Lake Erie Video Productions
Music byMark "Big Poppa" Stampley, The Neophytes
Release date
  • December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


The Reno Brothers Gang were largely a group of criminals and war veterans that operated in the Midwest during and after the Civil War. They carried out the first peacetime train robbery in world history years before Jesse James and Billy the Kid gained notoriety. Ten members of the gang, including three brothers, were illegally lynched while in official protective custody of the US Government. Afterwards, a firestorm of international protests from Great Britain and Canada ensued. Ultimately, no one was ever identified or prosecuted for the murders. This new documentary examines the root cause of a small, rural Midwestern town in anarchy; not only due to the Reno Gang's crimes, but the secret formation of the Jackson County Vigilance Committee otherwise known as the Masked Halters or the Red Mask Society.


This documentary film was shot in New Albany, Milltown, Seymour, Laconia, Corydon and Scottsburg, Indiana as well as Louisville, Kentucky.

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