Saturday, January 11, 2014

'Untouchable' Idea - Building Named For Eliot Ness

Katherine Skiba at the Chicago Tribune offers a piece on the proposed naming of a federal building in Washington D.C. after lawman Eliot Ness.

WASHINGTON -- Illinois’ U.S. senators proposed today that a major federal law-enforcement building in the nation’s capital be named for Eliot Ness, the Prohibition-era crime fighter who helped bring down Chicago gangster Al Capone.

The headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, built in recent years, would be called the Eliot Ness ATF Building under the senators’ resolution.

The Chicago-born Ness is immortalized in the TV series “The Untouchables” and the 1987 film starring Kevin Costner. Capone, once Public Enemy No. 1, was convicted and imprisoned on tax violations after Ness and his team of federal Prohibition agents raided the gangster’s breweries and arrested dozens of his men.

According to the bureau, Ness spent 10 years in federal law enforcement with the ATF’s legacy agencies.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:,0,1797502.story

Note: If you want to learn about Eliot Ness, the man rather than the myth, and true crime history, you should read Kenneth Tucker's  Eliot Ness and the Untouchables.

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