2019-07-30 18:24:49 UTC
The body of John Dillinger, the notorious 1930s bank robber from Central
Indiana, will be exhumed from his Crown Hill Cemetery burial site in
Earlier this month, the Indiana State Department of Health approved a request
from Dillinger's nephew, Michael C. Thompson, to disinter the body and return it
to its place at Crown Hill by Sept. 16. There was no reason given for the
request for exhumation.
Aaron Seaman, general manager of Crown Hill, said they have not been contacted
by the funeral home regarding the exhumation and a date has not been set.
IndyStar has reached out to Thompson to learn more.
Born in Indianapolis on June 22, 1903, John Herbert Dillinger Jr.'s family moved
to Mooresville, where Dillinger committed his first recorded crime a car
Dillinger went from small-time crook to America's Most Wanted after a string of
bank robberies and an ill-fated bank robbery left a police officer dead. His
status as Public Enemy No. 1 made him a legend.
On July 22, 1934, 15 FBI agents and members of the East Chicago Police Dept.
killed John Dillinger as he left the Biograph Theatre in Chicago.
Dillinger's body was brought back to Mooresville, where nearly 10,000 people
waited to view his body. Funeral services were held at the home of his sister,
Audrey Hancock, in Maywood. Dillinger is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in
The Dillinger family had ordered two and a half tons of concrete placed on the
coffin after it was reported attempts might be made by "ghouls" to steal his
Not surprisingly, there have been theories that it was not John Dillinger who
was killed outside the theater, but rather a double. Dillinger had dyed his
hair, plucked his eyebrows to a fine line, wore a mustache and a scar on the
left side of his face had apparently been removed by plastic surgery. His
fingerprints had been removed by acid.