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Indiana cemetery objects to John Dillinger exhumation plans

August 15, 2019
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FILE - This file photo shows Indiana Reformatory booking shots of John Dillinger, stored in the state archives. Two relatives of notorious 1930s gangster, who plan to have his remains exhumed as part of a television documentary say they have "evidence" the body buried in an Indianapolis cemetery may not be him and that FBI agents possibly killed someone else in 1934. (Charlie Nye/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
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FILE - This file photo shows Indiana Reformatory booking shots of John Dillinger, stored in the state archives. Two relatives of notorious 1930s gangster, who plan to have his remains exhumed as part of a television documentary say they have "evidence" the body buried in an Indianapolis cemetery may not be him and that FBI agents possibly killed someone else in 1934. (Charlie Nye/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis cemetery where 1930s gangster John Dillinger is buried is objecting to his body’s planned exhumation as part of a television documentary.

The Indianapolis Star reports Crown Hill Cemetery said in a statement Wednesday that it objects to the exhumation in part because it’s concerned “the complex and commercial nature of this exhumation could cause disruption to the peaceful tranquility of the Cemetery” and people visiting loved ones’ graves.

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Dillinger was fatally shot by FBI agents in Chicago in 1934.

WXIN-TV reports that Dillinger’s nephew, Michael C. Thompson, sued the cemetery Wednesday, arguing it should allow him and his family to exhume Dillinger’s remains for a forensic examination to determine if it’s in fact Dillinger’s body.

That exhumation would be part of a Dillinger documentary for The History Channel .

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