History Channel Exits Project Amid Legal Tussle

Sep 11, 2019  •  Post A Comment

The History Channel has dropped out of a planned production that has become the focus of a legal battle. The AP reports that the channel pulled out of a documentary on 1930s gangster John Dillinger.

The project “would have featured the proposed exhumation of his grave in Indianapolis sought by two relatives of the notorious criminal who question whether he’s truly buried there,” the AP reports, adding: “Dillinger’s nephew, Michael C. Thompson, filed a lawsuit Aug. 14 against Crown Hill Cemetery, after cemetery officials objected to the proposed exhumation.”

Dan Silberman, a spokesman for A&E Networks, confirmed Wednesday that History is no longer involved in the project, but would not provide details. He noted last month that the project had not gone into production.

“Thompson is one of two Dillinger relatives who sought a state permit to exhume the gravesite, saying they have evidence that Dillinger’s body may not be buried there and that he may not have been the man FBI agents fatally shot outside a Chicago theater on July 22, 1934. That permit was approved in July,” the AP reports. “The FBI said in a statement in August that it was a ‘myth’ that its agents didn’t kill Dillinger and that ‘a wealth of information supports Dillinger’s demise’ including fingerprint matches.”

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