Was Eliot Ness a hero or Hollywood-inspired myth?

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Eliot Ness Legend
FILE - This undated file photo shows Eliot Ness in Cleveland. Portrayed over the years by Kevin Costner and Robert Stack as an incorruptible hero, Ness' legend is now at risk, with some claiming his role in taking out Chicago mobster Al Capone is as mythical as Mrs. O’Leary’s cow starting the Great Chicago Fire. Illinois’ two U.S. senators, Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk, have proposed naming the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headquarters in Washington after the Prohibition-era crime fighter, but Ed Burke, a prominent Chicago alderman and others are trying to convince the senators to drop the whole thing. Both senators are not backing down, though, insisting he deserves it anyway. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, File)