Body of notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger to be exhumed in Indiana


Dillinger’s gang pulled off a string of robberies in the 1930s, with the FBI saying that they were responsible for 10 deaths.

The body of a notorious 1930s gangster is set to be exumed in September – more than 85 years after he was shot dead by the FBI.

John Dillinger, one of the era’s most infamous criminals, was shot outside a Chicago theatre in 1934.

The Indiana State Department of Health has approved a permit, sought by Dillinger’s nephew Michael C Thompson, to have his body exhumed from Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis and be re-interred there.

There is no reason for the request on the permit.

Dillinger’s gang pulled off a string of bloody robberies in the 1930s, with the FBI saying that the group were responsible for 10 deaths – but the gangster was never convicted of murder.

While he was awaiting trial for the killing of an police in officer in East Chicago, he escaped prison in Crown Point, Indiana, in March 1934.

He went on the run with a gun carved out of wood and underwent plastic surgery to alter his appearance.

It is even thought he tried to remove his fingerprints with acid.

Shortly after he escaped, he moved into an apartment block with his girlfriend in Minnesota before leading police on a chase through Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and finally to Chicago in Illinois.

He was eventually tracked down to a theatre in Chicago after a woman he knew gave away his location – who later became known as the “lady in red”.

He was then shot in a nearby alleyway by federal agents on 22 July 1934 – three months after he escaped.

Johnny Depp portrayed the gangster in the 2009 film Public Enemies, alongside Christian Bale, who played one of the FBI agents.

Jeni O’Malley, from the Indiana State Department of Health, said she expects the body to be exhumed and re-interred on 16 September.

“In terms of the way the permit reads that’s what it signals,” she said.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Hill Cemetery said the site has no information about the plans to exhume Dillinger.


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