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Eliot Ness: The Man Behind the Myth


Sources for this book include newspapers, periodicals, books, letters and postcards,personal memoirs, police reports, medical records, autopsies, university records, and personal accounts.

The primary newspapers used as sources were the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Press, the Cleveland News, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Herald-Examiner.

Special collections include files, scrapbooks, and photographs from the Cleveland Public Library, the Cleveland Press archives at Cleveland State University, and theWestern Reserve Historical Society Library.

Critical individual first-hand sources of information were Dr. Royal Grossman, Mrs.Elizabeth Anderson Ness, Lt. David L. Cowles, Thomas Whalen Esq., Mr. Alex Archaki, Dr.Robert Hosler, Lt. Roy Karlovec, Howard Beaufait, Dr. Samuel Gerber, Captain David Kerr, Mr. Dan T. Moore, and numerous members of the Cleveland Police Department. Other critical sources wished to remain anonymous.

A&E Biography Video: Eliot Ness; Untouchable

Books included (alphabetically by author's name):

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Bayer, Oliver Weld, editors. Cleveland Murders. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1947.

Bergreen, Laurence. Capone: The Man and the Era. New York: Touchstone, 1994.

Condon, George E. Cleveland: The Best Kept Secret. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1967.

Fraley, Oscar. Four against the Mob. New York: Award Books, 1976.

Fraley, Oscar and Paul Robsky. The Last of the Untouchables. New York: Pocket Books, 1988

Heimel, Paul W., Eliot Ness: The Real Story. Coudersport, PA: Knox Books, 1997.

Kobler, John. The Life and World of Al Capone. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons,1971.

Martin, John Bartlow. Butcher's Dozen and Other Murders. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950.

Meyers, Richard. TV Detectives. San Diego, CA: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1981.

Ness, Eliot, and Oscar Fraley. Untouchables. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Julian Messner, 1957.

Nickel, Steven, Torso: The True Story of Eliot Ness & the Search for a Psychopathic Killer. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 1989.

Porter, Philip W. Cleveland: Confused City on a Seesaw. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1976.

Schoenberg, Robert J. Mr. Capone: The Real -and Complete-Story of Al Capone. NewYork: William Morrow & Company, 1992.

Periodicals included (alphabetically by author's name):

"Crime in Cleveland." Newsweek 11 (March 21, 1938): 12.

"Ness the Safe Man." Newsweek 27 (January 7, 1946): 56.

"There Goes Eliot Ness." Fortune 34 (January 1946): 196.

Fraley, Oscar. "The Real Eliot Ness." Coronet 50 (July 1961): 25-30.

High, Stanley. "Cleveland versus the Crooks." Reader's Digest 32(February 1939): 48-51.

Ness, Eliot. "Radio-Directed Mobile Police." American City 56 (November1949): 55-69.

Nickel, Steven. "The Real Eliot Ness." American History Illustrated(October 1987)

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