The body of John Dillinger, the infamous gangster of the 1930s, will be dug up from a cemetery in Indianapolis more than 85 years after he was killed by FBI agents.
The Indiana State Department of Health approved a permit on July 3 for Dillinger & # 39; s cousin, Michael C. Thompson, to dig up the body from Crown Hill Cemetery and re-enter it.
The permit does not state the reason for that request. Dillinger & # 39; s second cousin Travis Thompson said the family declined to comment when they passed through the Indianapolis Star.
Health Department spokeswoman Jeni O & # 39; Malley says the agency expects Dillinger's body to be dug up and reshaped on September 16, based on the permit.
The body of the notorious 1930s gangster, John Dillinger (left and right), is dug up from an Indianapolis cemetery more than 85 years after being killed by FBI agents.
The Dillinger Cemetery, next to his mother's grave, is seen shortly after his death in 1934 at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis
The current tombstone on Dillinger's grave has been replaced at least four times, after souvenir seekers have chiseled pieces from earlier tombstones and reduced them to nubs
Crown Hill Cemetery spokeswoman Crystal King says the cemetery has no information about those plans.
Dillinger, whose grave is a fascinating place for real crime lovers, was buried under 5000 pounds of concrete to encourage all serious robbers to steal the body, according to the Star.
His tombstone has been replaced at least four times since his death in 1934, after souvenir seekers had choked it up.
John Herbert Dillinger was born on June 22, 1903 in Indianapolis, the son of a grocer's father who was a hard disciplinary and mother who died when he was three.
After he was unfairly fired by the navy, Dillinger turned to a life of crime.
He quickly took off from a small crook to the country's most notorious gangster, at least 24 banks and four police stations with his & # 39; Dillinger Gang & # 39 ;, also known as & # 39; The Terror Gang & # 39 ;.
The brown Hudson coupe, littered with bullet holes, would have been the escape car in the Dillinger Gang raid on Merchants National Bank in South Bend, Indiana
Dillinger avoided the police in four states for more than a year and was named by J. Edgar Hoover & # 39; Public Enemy # 1 & # 39; mentioned, who used terror for crime to justify the transformation of the old investigative division into the modern FBI.
The FBI says the Dillinger gang killed 10 people in the 1930s during bank robberies and other crimes.
Dillinger waited for his trial in killing a police officer in East Chicago when he escaped from prison in Crown Point, Indiana in March 1934 with a wood-carved gun.
While on the run, he underwent plastic surgery to change his face and would have tried to remove his fingerprints with acid.
In July 1934, Dillinger returned to Chicago and his location and plans were betrayed by a woman who became known in the newspapers as the & # 39; Lady in Red & # 39 ;.
FBI agents quickly surrounded the Biograph Theater while he saw the Manhattan Melodrama crime flirt.
When he left the theater, Dillinger saw the lawyers and pulled out a Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket and tried to flee, but was shot by the officers.
FBI agents caught up with the elusive Dillinger and killed him when he left the Biograph cinema (above) on July 22, 1934 in Chicago
People go past a window with the corpse of John Dillinger on a tilted table
The Dillinger corpse was exhibited in the Cook County morgue, where an estimated 15,000 gawkers came to see it.
Rumors have maintained over the years that it was actually a body double that was killed that day, because Dillinger was a well-known lover of plastic surgery and even tried to wipe his fingertips with acid.
The FBI has strongly denied that rumor and calls it a & # 39; conspiracy theory & # 39 ;.
The agency has also rejected another stubborn claim that agents have surgically removed the male member of Dillinger – allegedly of a miraculous size – from his body and stored as a trophy in a jar of formaldehyde.
& # 39; There are no indications that the Office & # 39; has preserved souvenirs & # 39; from the body of Dillinger or has profaned its remains in any way, & # 39; said the FBI in a statement on this.
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