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History Channel says there will be no John Dillinger show

Questions surround infamous gangster's death
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Posted at 12:49 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 13:21:27-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A History Channel show on the death of infamous 1930's gangster John Dillinger won't happen.

History Channel spokesman Dan Silberman says the decision was made "not to move forward" on the project which was in the "development stage." Silberman would not comment on what was behind the decision.

As part of the show, Dillinger's remains were supposed to be exhumed from their burial site at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis this month. Without the History Channel's involvement, it's not clear if those plans will be carried out.

There has long been speculation in some circles that the man FBI agents shot in front of a Chicago movie theater in 1934 was not Dillinger and that remains at Crown Hill are not Dillinger's. The FBI, however, maintains there is clear evidence that the man agents shot in front of the Biograph Theater was Dillinger.

Dillinger, who was listed as "Public Enemy Number One," prior to his death, was born in 1903 in Indianapolis and grew up in Morgan County, where relatives still live. The Dillinger gang was suspected in more than 20 bank robberies and four police station robberies.

In July, the Indiana State Department of Health approved a request from Dillinger's nephew, Michael C. Thompson, to disinter the body. Whether that will happen remains in doubt.