Crown Hill Cemetery objects to Dillinger exhumation plans

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

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, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The cemetery did not say, however, whether it planned to halt the exhumation.

Dillinger was fatally shot by FBI agents in Chicago in 1934 when he was Public Enemy No. 1.

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

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, WXIN-TV reported.

But other ancestors aren’t happy about the idea, according to Crown Hill.

“We received notice that not all of Mr. Dillinger’s next of kin agree with the exhumation,” cemetery officials said. “We honor the trust placed in us to protect all individuals in our care, and to protect the interests of those who cannot speak for themselves.”

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