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History Channel drops out of planned John Dillinger documentary that was to include exhumation of his remains


John Dillinger may stay in the ground after all.

The History Channel has dropped out of a planned documentary of the notorious gangster as plans for the exhumation of his body remain in limbo.

A&E Networks spokesman Dan Silberman said Wednesday that The History Channel is no longer involved in the documentary, which would have featured the raising of the gangster’s remains.

Two Dillinger relatives had obtained a state permit to exhume the gravesite, claiming there is evidence that Dillinger’s body may not be buried there. However, Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis has resisted the plan, and Dillinger’s nephew Michael Thompson has filed a lawsuit to force the exhumation.

“Thompson has sound reason to believe the individual buried in Crown Hill in Lot 94 Section 44 may have been misidentified as his uncle at the time of death and burial, and therefore seeks to disinter the remains in order to confirm his identity by forensic scientific examinations,” read the lawsuit obtained by TV station Fox 59.

Dillinger was 31 when he was gunned down by FBI agents outside a movie theater in Chicago in 1934.

A hearing on the exhumation lawsuit is scheduled for Oct. 1.

With News Wire Services