Was Eliot Ness a hero or Hollywood-inspired myth?

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Eliot Ness Legend
FILE - In this March 1963 file publicity photo originally released by ABC, actor Robert Stack, portraying Prohibition-era crime fighter Eliot Ness, is shown with Patty Regan, center, and Sherry O'Neil, who play chorus girls in a scene from the ABC television show "the Untouchables." Illinois’ two U.S. senators have proposed naming the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington after Ness, but a prominent Chicago alderman and others point to evidence that Ness’ role in the demise of Chicago mobster Al Capone was as mythical as Mrs. O’Leary’s cow starting the Great Chicago Fire and are trying to convince the senators to drop the whole thing. (AP Photo/ABC, File)