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Dillinger grave sees more visitors amid movie hype

Sunday, June 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The grave of Depression-era gangster John Dillinger is seeing a surge of visitors at its Indianapolis cemetery days before the opening of a new film that stars Johnny Depp as the man considered by some to be an American Robin Hood.

The hype surrounding "Public Enemies," which opens in theaters Wednesday, is boosting the stream of visitors to Dillinger's grave, said Crown Hill Cemetery president Keith Norwalk. The grave has long been the top attraction at the cemetery, where President Benjamin Harrison and "Little Orphan Annie" poet James Whitcomb Riley were also laid to rest.

The Dillinger family plot had belonged to the family 27 years prior to John's death in 1934, and his mother and grandparents were already buried there.

Dillinger, who was born in Indianapolis and lived in nearby Mooresville, was declared Public Enemy No. 1 by law enforcement after a string of bank robberies across the Midwest.

He escaped from a northern Indiana jail in March 1934 as he awaited trial on charges that he killed a police officer during a Chicago bank robbery. He was shot to death by FBI agents outside a Chicago theater on July 22, 1934, before he could face trial.

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