Was Eliot Ness a hero or Hollywood-inspired myth?

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Eliot Ness Legend
FILE - This Jan. 19, 1931 file photo shows Chicago mobster Al Capone at a football game. The legend of Eliot Ness, portrayed over the years by Kevin Costner and Robert Stack as an incorruptible hero, is now at risk, with some claiming his role in taking out Capone is as mythical as Mrs. O’Leary’s cow had to do with starting the Great Chicago Fire. Illinois’ two U.S. senators have proposed naming the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington after Ness, but Ed Burke, a prominent Chicago alderman and others are trying to convince the senators to drop the whole thing. (AP Photo/File)