Touched By an "Untouchable"
McFarland, a divorced mother of two teenage daughters, first became intrigued by Ness while preparing talks on local history. With the help of biographer Paul Heimel, she tracked Ness to his daughter-in-law's garage and, with mostly public funding, set up a send-off. Ness, who is credited with cleaning up Cleveland's corrupt police department, resigned from his post after being implicated in a 1942 hit-and-run accident. Still, says McFarland, "he truly turned the city around. What he did in Cleveland, I believe, actually outshone what he did in Chicago."
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