As I was looking for a good DNA topic for today’s DNA Saturdays post, I went to LiveScience and started digging around (no pun intended) when I noticed this article John Dillinger’s Corpse to Be Dug Up and DNA-Tested to Settle Conspiracy Theory: https://www.livescience.com/66091-john-dillinger-corpse-exhumed-conspiracy-theory.html. It’s interesting because a few hours earlier at Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society, mhgswichita.org/wp/, this very topic was discussed.
From the article,
The body of infamous Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger — or, at least, the body of whoever is buried in Dillinger’s Indianapolis cemetery plot — is going to be exhumed, DNA-tested and reinterred on Sept. 16, cbsnews.com reported.
I would hope they would verify the body dug up as having the wounds in the same locations that Dillinger received in the shoot-out. It wouldn’t surprise me if it turns out not to be him as there were concerns grave robbers might steal the body. From the article, his grave was covered with 3 feet (0.9 meters) of concrete to prevent that from happening. On the off-chance grave robbers succeeded, did they replace the body? More importantly, did they replace it with another body that had wounds and injuries that match what was reported?
Personally, I think he was not the type that would have allowed his death to be faked without coming forward in some semi-obvious or possibly very obvious way and mocking and taunting the FBI for botching the job.
I will do a follow-up once the results are in, but that could be a while.
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