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Whatever happened to Eliot Ness after the trial of Al Capone?

Eliot Ness of "Untouchables" fame busted Al Capone for tax evasion in 1931, then continued to crack down on bootleggers until Prohibition ended in 1935. That year he was hired by the city of Cleveland as Director of Public Safety. Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, Mr. Ness kept at it: nailing corrupt cops, rooting out dirty firemen, smacking down bookie joints, and generally cleaning up the town. But Mr. Ness finally met his match in the infamous Cleveland Torso Murderer.

Ness never successfully nabbed the Torso Murderer, who decapitated and de-limbed at least twelve unfortunate souls. He later decamped to Washington, D.C., where he headed the Diebold Safe Company before making an unsuccessful run for Cleveland mayor in 1947.

Ness eventually settled in Pennsylvania and worked for a private security firm. In 1957 he finished his memoir, "The Untouchables," and shortly thereafter died of a heart attack. Ness would later become the stuff of TV and movie lore, inspiring an Oscar-winning film and several television series.

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