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ELLIOT NESS BIOGRAPHY
ELLIOT NESS BIOGRAPHY
Published: 2015/11/23
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The Untouchables (1987) -  "Eliot Ness meets Malone"
The Untouchables (1987) - "Eliot Ness meets Malone"
Published: 2014/09/24
Channel: POINDEXTER
Biography: Eliot Ness Untouchable | Michael Husain
Biography: Eliot Ness Untouchable | Michael Husain
Published: 2013/08/04
Channel: goodvibesmedia
My Hood-Elliot Ness
My Hood-Elliot Ness
Published: 2008/06/25
Channel: Purely_Ignant
The Untouchables (1987) Movie -  Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro
The Untouchables (1987) Movie - Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: Louise Barbara Siahainenia
The Return of Eliot Ness
The Return of Eliot Ness
Published: 2015/12/31
Channel: foreverblueclassics
La Misteriosa Leyenda Del Detective Eliot Ness
La Misteriosa Leyenda Del Detective Eliot Ness
Published: 2017/07/08
Channel: Movimiento Del Pasado
The Untouchables (6/10) Movie CLIP - You Got Nothing! (1987) HD
The Untouchables (6/10) Movie CLIP - You Got Nothing! (1987) HD
Published: 2011/10/06
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History
History's Mysteries The True Story Of The Untouchables Elliot Ness
Published: 2017/11/25
Channel: Edward G. L II
LOS INTOCABLES  EL ESCONDITE 1X08
LOS INTOCABLES EL ESCONDITE 1X08
Published: 2013/03/13
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Leaked out,Eliot Ness
Leaked out,Eliot Ness's original photo
Published: 2013/05/15
Channel: SmallScreen BigDhamaka
Tough Talk: The Untouchables, "One Armed Bandits" (4 February 1960)
Tough Talk: The Untouchables, "One Armed Bandits" (4 February 1960)
Published: 2012/05/24
Channel: retroremote
Elliot Ness vs Hollowman Part 1 of 2 [Full Battle] ALLFLAMERZ.COM
Elliot Ness vs Hollowman Part 1 of 2 [Full Battle] ALLFLAMERZ.COM
Published: 2009/06/08
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"Mafia: Eliot Ness Kontra Al Capone" - film dokumentalny. Lektor PL
"Mafia: Eliot Ness Kontra Al Capone" - film dokumentalny. Lektor PL
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: Kroniki Kryminalne
Eliot Ness - 25 Lighterz
Eliot Ness - 25 Lighterz
Published: 2016/09/02
Channel: EliotNessVEVO
Winning- Eliot Ness ft Yung Redd ,Jo Jo,N!Q
Winning- Eliot Ness ft Yung Redd ,Jo Jo,N!Q
Published: 2012/08/29
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Les Incorruptibles   3x23 Le procès d
Les Incorruptibles 3x23 Le procès d'Eliot Ness Fr DVDRip XviD
Published: 2017/03/08
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The Chicago Way - The Untouchables (2/10) Movie CLIP (1987) HD
The Chicago Way - The Untouchables (2/10) Movie CLIP (1987) HD
Published: 2011/10/06
Channel: Movieclips
"The Untouchables" (1959) TV Intro
"The Untouchables" (1959) TV Intro
Published: 2014/08/06
Channel: The Rap Sheet
Eliot Ness - Õigel teel (Official music video)
Eliot Ness - Õigel teel (Official music video)
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: Eliot Ness
Misha Collins as Eliot Ness on Timeless
Misha Collins as Eliot Ness on Timeless
Published: 2017/02/13
Channel: Supernatural Conventions
Los intocables   1x01 El trono vacio Dual
Los intocables 1x01 El trono vacio Dual
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: Rafael Cobo
Eliot Ness - An Untouchable Life
Eliot Ness - An Untouchable Life
Published: 2010/05/06
Channel: Mactor52
Los Intocables: La organización, Capitulo 15; (American Broadcasting Company, 1959)
Los Intocables: La organización, Capitulo 15; (American Broadcasting Company, 1959)
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: Gregory Carrizales
Los Intocables de Eliot Ness. BSO
Los Intocables de Eliot Ness. BSO
Published: 2010/02/12
Channel: jacichu
Profesor Rosa   Chiste Llamado en Cabina telefonica a Eliot Ness Sin Censura)
Profesor Rosa Chiste Llamado en Cabina telefonica a Eliot Ness Sin Censura)
Published: 2013/08/27
Channel: Profesor Rossa Sin Censura
Anécdotas sobre Los Intocables de Eliot Ness
Anécdotas sobre Los Intocables de Eliot Ness
Published: 2011/12/24
Channel: JoseIgnacioWM
Eliot Ness feat Kristel Aaslaid - Õigel teel (Acoustic)
Eliot Ness feat Kristel Aaslaid - Õigel teel (Acoustic)
Published: 2017/10/01
Channel: Eliot Ness
Eliot Ness Taking A Stand For Law And Order
Eliot Ness Taking A Stand For Law And Order
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: GonzalezsSpeedy
LOS INTOCABLES DE ELIOT NESS - ROBERT DE NIRO - BATE DE BÉISBOL
LOS INTOCABLES DE ELIOT NESS - ROBERT DE NIRO - BATE DE BÉISBOL
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: KIKE KÁISER 7
Eliot Ness Documentary
Eliot Ness Documentary
Published: 2015/02/27
Channel: Henry Studios
El Asesino del Torso  el último caso de Eliot Ness
El Asesino del Torso el último caso de Eliot Ness
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: Jon Smith
1941 || Dean & Eliot Ness [SPN/Timeless]
1941 || Dean & Eliot Ness [SPN/Timeless]
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: julygiu95
Series de los 60 - LOS INTOCABLES de Eliot Ness.
Series de los 60 - LOS INTOCABLES de Eliot Ness.
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Mario BS VHS
Eliot Ness ft. Willie D, Scarface & Daz Dillinger - Small Time
Eliot Ness ft. Willie D, Scarface & Daz Dillinger - Small Time
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: Siccness Radio
The Untouchables - Clip - First Liquor Raid
The Untouchables - Clip - First Liquor Raid
Published: 2014/12/05
Channel: David Andrews
ELIOT NESS - INNY KTOŚ JUŻ
ELIOT NESS - INNY KTOŚ JUŻ
Published: 2016/09/17
Channel: Eliot Ness
Elliot Ness vs Hollowman Part 2 of 2 [Full Battle] [AllFlamerz.com]
Elliot Ness vs Hollowman Part 2 of 2 [Full Battle] [AllFlamerz.com]
Published: 2009/06/08
Channel: klmacbatwama1436
Eliot Ness - Stop That Trail [ Digital ]
Eliot Ness - Stop That Trail [ Digital ]
Published: 2014/03/13
Channel: mmmbega
Eliot Ness Last Case  The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run  Pt 3   Video 1
Eliot Ness Last Case The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run Pt 3 Video 1
Published: 2014/09/10
Channel: Shawn Cain
Eliot Ness: The City Sweeper
Eliot Ness: The City Sweeper
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Carter Belk
Jae Millz vs. E. Ness - FULL BATTLE (Final & Extra Round)
Jae Millz vs. E. Ness - FULL BATTLE (Final & Extra Round)
Published: 2008/03/10
Channel: Jeru911
DMC World 1989 DJ Elliot Ness Finland
DMC World 1989 DJ Elliot Ness Finland
Published: 2014/08/31
Channel: Luv Master Music
Los intocables de Elliot Ness
Los intocables de Elliot Ness
Published: 2009/10/31
Channel: escenasypelis7
Great Lakes Brewing Company - Eliot Ness Vienna Amber Lager - Quick Sud Review
Great Lakes Brewing Company - Eliot Ness Vienna Amber Lager - Quick Sud Review
Published: 2015/01/31
Channel: Quick Sud
Eliot Ness vs. Al Capone
Eliot Ness vs. Al Capone
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: C Macgyver
Al Capone vs Eliot Ness | BLUES AND BULLETS | Primeros 25 minutos | Gameplay |
Al Capone vs Eliot Ness | BLUES AND BULLETS | Primeros 25 minutos | Gameplay |
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: Kahuna Games
La justicia de Al Capone - Los intocables de Eliot Ness
La justicia de Al Capone - Los intocables de Eliot Ness
Published: 2015/02/25
Channel: Centuria XX
Radiomafia - DJ Eliot Ness - Art Of Mix 1 (parempi laatuinen)
Radiomafia - DJ Eliot Ness - Art Of Mix 1 (parempi laatuinen)
Published: 2013/11/27
Channel: Tommi Ollikainen
The Return of Eliot Ness (Part 3 of 15) - Jack Coleman
The Return of Eliot Ness (Part 3 of 15) - Jack Coleman
Published: 2008/03/01
Channel: MrNoahBennet
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Eliot Ness
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Born (1903-04-19)April 19, 1903
Chicago, Illinois
Died May 16, 1957(1957-05-16) (aged 54)
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Police career
Department Bureau of Prohibition
Cleveland Division of Police
Rank Chief Investigator of the Prohibition Bureau for Chicago in 1934
Director for Public Safety for Cleveland, Ohio

Eliot Ness (April 19, 1903 – May 16, 1957) was an American Prohibition agent, famous for his efforts to enforce Prohibition in Chicago, Illinois, bringing down Al Capone, and the leader of a famous team of law enforcement agents nicknamed The Untouchables. His co-authorship of a popular autobiography, The Untouchables, which was released shortly after his death, launched several television and motion picture portrayals that established Ness' posthumous fame as an incorruptible crime fighter.

Early life[edit]

Eliot Ness was born on April 19, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the youngest of five children born to Peter Ness (1850–1931) and Emma (King) Ness (1863–1937). His parents, both of whom were Norwegian immigrants, operated a bakery. Ness attended Christian Fenger High School in Chicago. He was educated at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1925 with a degree in economics. He began his career as an investigator for the Retail Credit Company of Atlanta. He was assigned to the Chicago territory, where he conducted background investigations for the purpose of credit information. He returned to the University to take a course in criminology, eventually earning a master's degree in the field.[1][2]

Career[edit]

1927–1931[edit]

In 1926, Ness' brother-in-law, Alexander Jamie, an agent of the Bureau of Investigation (which later became the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935), influenced Ness to enter law enforcement. He joined the U.S. Treasury Department in 1927, working with the 1,000-strong Bureau of Prohibition in Chicago.[3]

Following the election of President Herbert Hoover, U.S. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon was specifically charged with bringing down gangster Al Capone. The federal government pursued his illegal activities in two areas: income tax evasion and violations of prohibition. Ness was chosen to head the operations under the National Prohibition Act (informally known as the Volstead Act), targeting the illegal breweries and supply routes of Capone.

With corruption of Chicago's law enforcement agents epidemic, in 1929 Ness went through the records of all Prohibition agents to create a reliable team (initially of 50, later reduced to 15, and finally to just 11 men) called "The Untouchables." Raids against illegal stills and breweries began immediately; within six months Ness claimed to have seized breweries worth over one million dollars. The main source of information for the raids was an extensive wire-tapping operation. An attempt by Capone to bribe Ness' agents was seized on by Ness for publicity, leading to the media nickname "The Untouchables." Although Ness was not attacked, one of his close friends was killed.

The efforts of Ness and his team brought major damage to Capone's operations. Ness' efforts eventually led the IRS to prosecute Capone for income tax evasion, according to Ness, although in reality the Capone tax trial was a result solely of the research work done under the aegis of U.S. Attorney George E.Q. Johnson and IRS agent Frank Wilson whose investigations led to Capone's downfall.[4] In a number of federal grand jury cases in 1931, Capone was charged with 22 counts of tax evasion and also 5,000 violations of the Volstead Act.[5] On October 17, 1931, Capone was convicted on five of the tax evasion charges, after the Volstead Act violations were dropped. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison and, following a failed appeal, began his sentence in 1932.[6][7]

1931–1957[edit]

Ness was promoted to Chief Investigator of the Prohibition Bureau for Chicago and in 1934 for Ohio. Following the end of Prohibition in 1933, he was assigned as an alcohol tax agent in the "Moonshine Mountains" of southern Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and in 1934 he was transferred to Cleveland, Ohio. In December 1935, Cleveland mayor Harold Burton hired him as the city's Safety Director, which put him in charge of both the police and fire departments.

Billboard for Eliot Ness' 1947 campaign for mayor, seen in 1973

In 1938, Ness and his wife Edna divorced. He declared war on the mob[citation needed], and his primary targets included "Big" Angelo Lonardo, "Little" Angelo Scirrca, Moe Dalitz, John Angerola, George Angersola, and Charles Pollizi. Ness was also Safety Director at the time of several grisly murders that occurred in the Cleveland area from 1935 to 1938 and made relatively small efforts during the investigations.[8] His otherwise remarkably successful career in Cleveland withered gradually. Cleveland critics targeted his divorce, his high-profile social drinking and his conduct in a car accident, but he continued with the next Mayor, Frank Lausche.[9]

In 1939 Ness married illustrator Evaline Michelow. In 1942 the Nesses moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the federal government. He directed the battle against prostitution in communities surrounding military bases, where venereal disease was a serious problem. Later he made a number of forays into the corporate world, all of which failed owing to his lack of business acumen. In 1944, he left to become chairman of the Diebold Corporation, a security safe company based in Ohio.[10]

After his second divorce and third marriage, he ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Cleveland in 1947,[11] after which he was expelled from Diebold in 1951.[10] In the aftermath, Ness began drinking more heavily and spending his free time in bars telling (often exaggerated) stories of his law enforcement career. He also spent himself into debt. Ness was forced into taking various odd jobs to earn a living, including electronics parts wholesaler, clerk in a bookstore, and salesman of frozen hamburger patties to restaurants. By 1953 he came to work for a startup company called Guaranty Paper Corporation, which specialized in watermarking legal and official documents to prevent counterfeiting. Ness was offered a job because of his expertise in law enforcement. The company soon moved from Cleveland to the quiet rural town of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, where operating costs were lower. He made a decent income from GPC and moved with his wife and adopted son into a modest rental house. Once again, he enjoyed going to local bars and regaling amazed audiences with his tales of crime fighting.

Later life[edit]

Al Capone promised Ness that two $1,000 notes would be on his desk every Monday morning if he turned a blind eye to his bootlegging activities (roughly $29,000 a week in today's money). Ness refused the bribe and in later years struggled with money; he died almost broke at the age of 54. Ness and his role in bringing down Al Capone had been largely forgotten at the time of his death in 1957, and no Chicago newspaper carried news of Ness' death. His heroic reputation only began with the posthumous publication of the 1957 book he had co-written with Oscar Fraley and the 1959 and 1993 television series, 1987 film, and related media adapted from it.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Ness was married to Edna Staley from 1929 to 1938, illustrator Evaline Michelow (1911–1986) from 1939 to 1945, and artist Elisabeth Andersen Seaver (1906–1977) from 1946 until his death in 1957. He also had an adopted son, Robert (1946–1976).[13]

Death[edit]

Ness collapsed and died at his home in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, of a massive heart attack on May 16, 1957; he was 54.[11] His ashes were scattered in one of the small ponds on the grounds of Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.[14] He was survived by his widow, Elisabeth Andersen Seaver, and adopted son, Robert.[13]

Legacy[edit]

Archive[edit]

The Western Reserve Historical Society houses additional Ness papers, including a scrapbook (1928–1936), copies of newspaper clippings (1935–1950), a typewritten manuscript detailing Ness' career in Chicago, and miscellaneous papers, including a report on the Fidelity Check Corporation and Guaranty Paper, of which Ness was president.[15]

Art, entertainment, and media[edit]

Numerous media works have been developed based on Eliot Ness' life and the legend surrounding his work in Chicago. The first of these resulted in Ness' last years from his collaboration with Oscar Fraley in writing the book The Untouchables (1957), which was published a month after Ness' death[12] and went on to sell 1.5 million copies.[16] This book, among Fraley's other books about the Untouchables, was heavily spiced with fiction, including fictional characters and events, to make the books more appealing to a general audience. The 21-page manuscript that Ness wrote for the book was a more trustworthy source and only included the real events that Ness experienced during his career. His manuscript is housed in the archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio.[11]

The book was adapted in multiple media and inspired many additional works. The best-known eponymous adaptations include the 1959 TV series The Untouchables starring Robert Stack as Ness and narrated by Walter Winchell and the 1987 film The Untouchables by Brian De Palma starring Kevin Costner as Ness and featuring Sean Connery and Robert De Niro. These two fictionalized portrayals, more than actual history, have inspired numerous novels,[which?] a second, short-lived 1993 TV series titled The Untouchables, and comic books, Jinx:Torso, as well as references in animated cartoons (Tupac's "California Love") and television shows such as The Simpsons episode "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" (March 16, 1997), Supernatural episode "Time after Time", Legends of Tomorrow episode titled "The Chicago Way", and an upcoming episode of NBC's Timeless portrayed by Misha Collins. Ness was used in an episode of The Odd Couple and of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Ness is also depicted in his post-safety director period in novelist Craig McDonald's 2014 Hector Lassiter novel The Running Kind, set in December 1950, when Ness was working part-time as a bookstore clerk.

Max Allan Collins used Ness as the "police contact/best friend" character in his series of historical private eye novels featuring Chicago detective Nate Heller. Later he spun Ness off into his own series, set during his tenure as Cleveland's Public Safety Director. The first book, The Dark City (1987), depicted Ness' getting hired and undertaking a cleanup of the graft-ridden police force; the second, Butcher's Dozen (1988), his pursuit of the serial killer known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. Bullet Proof (1989) pitted Ness against labor racketeers intent on taking over Cleveland's food service industry. Murder by the Numbers (1993) depicted Ness' investigation of the numbers racket in Cleveland. All of these novels, while fictionalized, were closely based on actual cases investigated by Ness and the Cleveland Police.

The 2017 detective noire thriller book called "The Noir Evil" retells the events of a troubled Eliot Ness' investigation into the Cleveland Torso Murderer with elements of Lovecraftian horror

Beer[edit]

Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Company, which claims several connections to Ness (including the brewery owners' mother having worked as his stenographer), named an amber lager "Eliot Ness"[17] and included several subtle nods to his career in the beer description and label art.[18][19]

Proposed building naming[edit]

On January 10, 2014, Illinois' U.S. Senators proposed naming the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington, D.C. after Ness.[20] If approved, it would have been called the Eliot Ness ATF Building. However, Chicago Aldermen Ed Burke (14th Ward) and James Balcer (11th Ward) opposed the resolution in an article in the Chicago Tribune. In a news release, Burke said: “Eliot Ness had a checkered career after leaving the federal government. I simply do not think his image matches the actual reality of his legacy.”[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eliot Ness: The Real Story (Paul W. Heimel, author. Knox Books)
  2. ^ Eliot Ness(Ohio Historical Society)
  3. ^ Biography of Eliot Ness (Essortment) Archived 2010-08-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Okrent, Daniel (2010). Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. New York: Scribner. pp. 136, 345. ISBN 978-0-7432-7704-4. 
  5. ^ "Searching for Eliot Ness" (Fedora Chronicles)
  6. ^ "Eliot Ness Biography" (Who2, LLC)
  7. ^ "Eliot Ness 1902–1957" The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.gov web site
  8. ^ Pile of bones: Eliot Ness hunted Cleveland serial killer, but mystery remains
  9. ^ "Eliot Ness". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. 21 July 1997. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "A Man of Steel Leads a Company of Iron". Diebold, Inc. 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c McFarland, Marilyn; Stone, Mark Wade (January 2012). "Eliot Ness". Cleveland Police Museum/Cleveland Police Historical Society. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Whatever happened to Eliot Ness after the trial of Al Capone?". Ask Yahoo!. 
  13. ^ a b VVigil, Vicki Blum (2007). Cemeteries of Northeast Ohio: Stones, Symbols & Stories. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Company, Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59851-025-6. 
  14. ^ Vigil, Vicki Blum (2007). Cemeteries of Northeast Ohio: Stones, Symbols & Stories. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Company, Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59851-025-6. 
  15. ^ "Oscar Fraley, 79, 'Untouchables' author obituary". The New York Times. January 9, 1994. Retrieved April 14, 2008. 
  16. ^ Wendel, Kim. "Battle over "Untouchables" Eliot Ness estate involves NE Ohio". WKYC. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  17. ^ Great Lakes Brewing Company Fact Sheet. "Eliot Ness Amber Lager" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  18. ^ Bona, Mark. "Great Lakes Brewing Co. unveils new labels". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  19. ^ Skiba, Katherine. "'Untouchable' idea – building named for Eliot Ness". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Tribune staff report. "Pair of aldermen oppose effort to rename ATF HQ after Eliot Ness". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 

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