Burning Question

Q In The Recruit, Colin Farrell (above) talks about doing touristy things in Washington, D.C., like ''seeing John Dillinger's penis...at the Smithsonian.'' Is that for real?

A The bank robber's pickled privates were never part of the collection, says a rep for the Smithsonian, which annually fields hundreds of requests about the rumored relic. The myth might have begun with a 1934 postmortem photo in which Dillinger's arm created a tentlike bulge below his abdomen. Urban-legends expert Barbara Mikkelson says nothing ''out of the ordinary'' was mentioned in Dillinger's autopsy, nor was he known as a lady-killer. -- Karyn L. Barr (Send queries to BurningQuestions@ew.com)

Originally posted Feb 07, 2003 Published in issue #694 Feb 07, 2003 Order article reprints

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