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Eliot Ness

Eliot Ness

Eliot Ness was born in Chicago in 1903. He attended Fenger High School and graduated from of the University of Chicago School of Law. His brother-in-law Alexander Jamie of the Treasury Dept. recruited Eliiot to lead a special team of prohibition agents called by the press "The Untouchables" because they could not be touched by routine Chicago corruption that affected the police and courts in Cook County. Ness with lots of help from undercover agents helped to build a case against Al Capone in which Capone was convicted for income tax evasion in 1931. A book and TV series and several movies were based on the law enforcement efforts of The Untouchables.

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