Dillinger Momento

Displayed at Indianapolis International Airport

Displayed at Indianapolis International Airport

On display at Indianapolis International Airport

On display at Indianapolis International Airport

Earlier this Summer, a tour guest specifically requested a stop at John Dillinger’s grave located on the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery. (By the way, CHC is the largest non-military cemetery in the country). As the image attests, visitors to the final resting place of this this folk-hero legend sometimes leave behind a token — of their affection, remembrance, or other reflection, we don’t usually know. Many aren’t aware that Dillinger was born in Indianapolis and lived with his family on the near East side in the Brightwood neighborhood for the first four years of his life. Later, Dillinger and his gang would frequent parts of Indianapolis (Slippery Noodle Inn as a hangout and for target practice and banks for — inspiration?). Allegedly, and Art Bank on Mass Ave was relieved of its funds by Dillinger and his gang. We are careful to include “allegedly”, as the infamous Dillinger was arrested and tried; but due to the unavailability of witnesses, Mr. Dillinger was never convicted of this crime.