Gangster John Dillinger’s body to be exhumed under mysterious circumstances

It could be his greatest escape yet.

The body of John Dillinger — the infamous bank-robbing gangster who twice escaped from jail — will be exhumed from an Indianapolis grave, though it was not clear why.

The Indiana State Department of Health approved a permit on July 3 for the 1930s gangster’s nephew, Michael Thompson, to dig up the corpse, only to put it back into the ground in the same Crown Hill Cemetery.

The permit does not indicate a reason for the exhumation.

The cemetery and state health department could not provide further details. Health department spokeswoman Jeni O’Malley said Dillinger’s bones will be dug up and re-interred on Sept. 16.

Dillinger and his gang killed 10 people as they knocked over Midwest banks, plundered machine guns from police arsenals and staged three jailbreaks — including two that benefited Dillinger himself, according to the FBI.

He was gunned down by FBI agents on July 22, 1934 as he tried to flee lawmen.

Dillinger’s great-nephew Travis Thompson said the family was declining to comment on Tuesday, according to the IndyStar.

With Post wires

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