INDIANA (PM) — The History Channel has dropped out of a planned documentary on 1930s gangster John Dillinger that would have highlighted the proposed exhumation of his grave in Indianapolis sought by two relatives of the notorious criminal who dispute whether he’s truly buried there.
A&E Networks spokesman Dan Silberman said Wednesday that The History Channel is no longer involved in the documentary, but declined further comment, saying network officials “do not comment on why we aren’t moving forward with a project.”
Silberman stated in early August that the Dillinger project had not gone into production.
Dillinger’s nephew, Michael C. Thompson, filed a lawsuit Aug. 14 against Crown Hill Cemetery, after cemetery officials objected to the proposed exhumation.
Thompson is one of two Dillinger relatives who sought a state permit to exhume the gravesite, saying they have evidence that Dillinger’s body may not be buried there and that he may not have been the man FBI agents fatally shot outside a Chicago theater on July 22, 1934. That permit was approved in July.
The FBI said in a statement in August that it was a “myth” that its agents didn’t kill Dillinger and that “a wealth of information supports Dillinger’s demise” including fingerprint matches.
Thompson and Carol Thompson Griffith said in their permit applications to the Indiana State Department of Health that they want the body exhumed and subjected to a forensic analysis and possibly DNA testing “in order to make a positive identification.” They said in their identical applications that Dillinger was their uncle.
An Oct. 1 status hearing is scheduled in Thompson’s lawsuit against the cemetery.
INDIANA (PM) — Relatives of 1930s gangster John Dillinger desire for his body to be exhumed from an Indianapolis cemetery because they dispute 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 forensic analysis.
They believe the person who was killed at the Biograph Theater in Chicago on July 22, 1934, may not have been Dillinger, their uncle.
The permit was approved in July.
The FBI has issued statement asserting its agents successfully killed notorious gangster John Dillinger outside a Chicago theater 85 years ago.
The statement declares FBI agents shot and killed Dillinger on July 22, 1934, “as he reached for a pistol from his trouser pocket” outside the Biograph Theater.
The FBI says Dillinger was officially pronounced deceased at a Chicago hospital and “a wealth of information supports Dillinger’s demise” including matches to Dillinger’s fingerprints.
A spokesman for A&E Networks confirms the news of a documentary it’s developing on gangster John Dillinger, stating it hasn’t gone into production yet.
A&E Networks spokesman Dan Silberman announced Thursday the documentary for The History Channel is early in development and it’s arduous to say what the film’s focus would be.
Earlier this month, the Indiana State Department of Health approved a request from Dillinger’s nephew, Michael C. Thompson, to disinter the corpse and return it to its burial place at Crown Hill by September 16.
The permit does not confer a reason for the request, but a History Channel spokesperson authenticated Tuesday that the exhumation is part of an upcoming project for the network, declining further comment.
Aaron Seaman, the manager of Crown Hill Cemetery, stated the funeral home that interred Dillinger has not communicated with them concerning the disinterment.