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 Ol’ Spinny was a special horse; a jet-black thoroughbred with four white socks and ice-blue eyes. She was reportedly so lovely that the toll-takers gave her a pass every time. The beautiful mare’s unusual name was an ironic tribute to a legendary horse thief who, along with his gang, pillaged the stock barns of the wealthy, up and down the [[Ohio River]]. Ol’ Spinny was a special horse; a jet-black thoroughbred with four white socks and ice-blue eyes. She was reportedly so lovely that the toll-takers gave her a pass every time. The beautiful mare’s unusual name was an ironic tribute to a legendary horse thief who, along with his gang, pillaged the stock barns of the wealthy, up and down the [[Ohio River]].
  
-Marion “Spinny” Douglas was born about 1846 in Switzerland County, Indiana. ​ He was part rogue, part Robin Hood, and always on the wrong side of the law.  His uncle was reportedly the leader of the “Rittenhouse Gang,” counterfeiters who operated along the Ohio River from the [[1870s]] to the early [[1900s]].  Spinny took after that side of the family.+Marion “Spinny” Douglas was born about 1846 in Switzerland County, Indiana. ​ He was part rogue, part Robin Hood, and always on the wrong side of the law.  His uncle was reportedly the leader of the “Rittenhouse Gang,” counterfeiters who operated along the Ohio River from the 1870s to the early 1900s. ​ Spinny took after that side of the family.
  
 As Spinny grew into his own criminal career, it appears he stayed mainly close to home, though usually out of sight. A travelling Cincinnati salesman once discovered what appeared to be the legendary horse-thief’s secret hiding place, inside a large, hollowed out tree near Rising Sun, Indiana. There he found evidence of Douglas’ presence in the hide-out, and it appeared he had been living in the large stump, if only temporarily. ​ With his base of operations so close to [[Boone County]] shores, it’s less than surprising that horse owners from [[Hebron]] to [[Rabbit Hash]] had been affected by Douglas’ crime wave.  As Spinny grew into his own criminal career, it appears he stayed mainly close to home, though usually out of sight. A travelling Cincinnati salesman once discovered what appeared to be the legendary horse-thief’s secret hiding place, inside a large, hollowed out tree near Rising Sun, Indiana. There he found evidence of Douglas’ presence in the hide-out, and it appeared he had been living in the large stump, if only temporarily. ​ With his base of operations so close to [[Boone County]] shores, it’s less than surprising that horse owners from [[Hebron]] to [[Rabbit Hash]] had been affected by Douglas’ crime wave. 
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