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Ten members of the Reno gang were lynched in three separate incidents in 1868. The first three were taken by vigilantes from a train. Three others were lynched at a later time. The last lynching, which included three Reno brothers, Frank, Sim, and Bill, actually claimed a fourth victim, gang member Charlie Anderson. Anderson and Frank Reno were technically in federal custody when they were lynched. This is believed to be the only time in U.S. history that a federal prisoner had ever been lynched by a mob before a trial.
You aimin' on gettin' yourself killed?
James Barlow: On the contrary. I was just planning my future.
Frank Reno: I don't like you, Barlow. Don't like you a'tall. But I admire guts.
In the film brothers Frank, Sim, and John are lynched. In reality John was not hanged by the vigilantes but had been imprisoned and lived until 1895. Bill was the third brother hanged although in the film he is killed in a bungled bank robbery early in the film.
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