Descendants of 1930s bank robber John Dillinger say they have evidence suggesting he was not the man famously gunned down at Chicago’s Biograph Theater 85 years ago, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The “only means” of clearing things up is to examine the remains buried in the grave of the gangster whose exploits captivated the nation during the Great Depression. That’s the upshot of affidavits that help explain the news that Dillinger’s body might soon be removed from the grave nearly a century after his bloody death at the hands of government agents.
The Indiana State Department of Health issued a permit July 3 for Dillinger’s exhumation from Indianapolis’ Crown Hill Cemetery, but approval for the exhumation has not been granted. Mike and Carol Thompson, who identify Dillinger as their uncle, say, they have evidence that the person who was shot and killed at the theater July 22, 1934 may not in fact have been my uncle, John H. Dillinger. This evidence includes the non-match of his eye color, the ear shape and protrusion from the head, the fingerprints not matching, the existence of a heart condition, and the apparent non-match of the anterior teeth. The Thompsons say that if Dillinger was not killed in July 1934, they want to find out “hat happened to him, where he lived, whether he had children, and whether any such children or grandchildren are living today.”