Body of 1930s gangster John Dillinger to be exhumed from grave at Crown Hill Cemetery

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The body of gangster John Dillinger is set to be exhumed from his grave at Indianapolis’ Crown Hill Cemetery.

A permit to disinter, remove and reinter Dillinger’s remains was issued on June 18, according to documents from the Indiana State Department of Health.

Michael C. Thompson, who is listed as Dillinger’s nephew, is the person who applied for the permit. FOX59 has learned the permit is related to a documentary being worked on by the History Channel.

We reached out to family on Tuesday and they did not want to make a comment at this time. A funeral director in Monrovia is listed on the permit. FOX59 reached out to the funeral home and we are still waiting to hear back.

The exhumation is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. Although, a spokesperson for the History Channel says that date is not set in stone.  The health department says the disinterment and reinterment typically occur on the same day.

Dillinger has many ties to the Hoosier State. He was born in Indianapolis and his family later moved to Mooresville.

During the Great Depression, Dillinger was part of a gang accused of robbing several banks. He was also charged with the murder of a northern Indiana police officer, but was never convicted. The gangster was shot and killed in 1934.

In 2009, Dillinger was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the film "Public Enemies."

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