Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Eliot Ness, the Man Behind the Myth

Ever since Eliot Ness first published The Untouchables in 1957, the public fell in love with this authentic American hero. His book was a runaway best seller because it was the exciting true story of a brave and honest lawman pitted against the country’s most successful gangster, Al Capone.

Today in Crime History: The Death of Eliot Ness

On May 16, 1957, Eliot Ness passed away at the age of 54 from a massive heart attack. Ness was the lawman whose team of Untouchables brought down Al Capone, tackled police corruption and hunted the most notorious serial killer of his time.

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