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Nation IN BRIEF : OHIO

Ashes of G-Man Ness Are Scattered

September 11, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

With bagpipes playing in the background, the remains of former G-man Eliot Ness were driven in a black 1938 Buick to their final resting place--a quiet cemetery lagoon in Cleveland. Ness' ashes, kept by his son and his son's widow for 40 years, were laid to rest with full police honors. The famous federal agent who raided Chicago speakeasies and smashed Al Capone's liquor operations during Prohibition died in 1957, having spent some of his later years working for the Cleveland Police Department. Hundreds of people arrived at the Lake View Cemetery for the tribute to the lawman whose adventures were lionized in "The Untouchables" TV series and movie. He died of a heart attack at age 54 while working in the tiny town of Coudersport, Pa. The public took little notice, and the Ness family was so poor they could not afford a burial plot.

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