Dillinger grave more popular with movie release

June 30, 2009 5:23:49 AM PDT
Johnny Depp and the city of Chicago hit the big screen in "Public Enemies," opening at midnight Wednesday morning. And already the movie about John Dillinger's life is luring tourists interested in his death.

Dillinger's grave in Indiana is getting even more popular now that he's been given new life on the big screen.

The final resting place of the notorious bandit is in Indianapolis, where he was born. It's attracted curious visitors for decades, but interest is picking up with the release of the film. Some are even bringing flowers; others over the years have actually chipped away pieces of the grave marker.

Dillinger emerged as something of a folk hero during the Depression, robbing banks. He was killed in Chicago at the Biograph Theatre in 1934.