John Dillinger’s Exhumation set for New Year’s Eve after Indiana Approves Permit

(CROWN HILL) – John Dillinger’s nephew has obtained a permit to open the Great Depression gangster’s grave in an Indiana cemetery on New Year’s Eve, according to a report.

The exhumation permit approved Thursday by the Indiana Department of Health was being sought by Dillinger nephew Michael Thompson, who believes the grave holds the remains of a person who is not his uncle.

A previous permit application had a wrong date requiring Thompson to refile, Fox 59 Indianapolis reported Friday.

Public Enemy No. 1′, 1932, (1938). John Herbert Dillinger (1903-1934), a notorious outlaw who led a group of men known as The Dillinger Gang or Terror Gang. Operating between 1933-1934 repeatedly robbing banks, escaping prison and committing armed robberies. From These Tremendous Years 1919-1938. [Daily Express, London, 1938] Artist: Unknown. (Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images)

The History Channel wanted to film the exhumation for a documentary but has ditched those plans, leaving Thompson to proceed on his own, the station reported.

Crown Hill Cemetery opposes opening the grave. Thompson has filed a lawsuit challenging that opposition.

The FBI says Dillinger was buried in Indiana after agents gunned him down in 1934 outside a Chicago movie theater showing Clark Gable’s “Manhattan Melodrama.”

Those who believe otherwise are peddling “a conspiracy theory,” it says.