INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Relatives of 1930s gangster John Dillinger want his body exhumed from an Indianapolis cemetery because they question whether he was actually the man FBI agents killed in Chicago in 1934.
The Indiana State Department of Health released affidavits signed by Mike Thompson and Carol Thompson Griffith, who say Dillinger was their uncle. They want the body exhumed for a forensic analysis.
The Chicago Sun-Times and WLS-TV in Chicago first reported on the affidavits supporting an exhumation permit.
The relatives say they’ve received “evidence” that the person who was killed at the Biograph Theater in Chicago on July 22, 1934, may not have been Dillinger.
The permit was approved in July. A&E Networks says the exhumation will be covered as part of a documentary for The History Channel.