Oscar Eliot Fraley

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 6 Jan 1994 (aged 79)
Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Fraley was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Gulf Stream.
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Oscar Fraley, a former sports reporter who wrote the book "The Untouchables" with Eliot Ness, died on Thursday night in Broward General Hospital here. He was 79 and lived in Fort Lauderdale.
The cause was heart failure after surgery for a strangulated hernia, his son Timothy said today.

Mr. Fraley, a reporter for United Press International, was introduced in 1956 to Ness, the federal agent who brought down Al Capone 25 years earlier. The book grew out of that encounter, which took place over several glasses of Scotch at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Ness died of a heart attack in 1957, shortly after reading the proofs of Mr. Fraley's manuscript. The book, which sold 1.5 million copies, served as the basis for the television series and movie of the same name.

Born in Philadelphia and reared in Woodbury, N.J., Mr. Fraley worked for U.P.I. from 1940 to 1965. He was the author of 31 books, including "Hoffa, The Real Story" (Stein and Day, 1975).

In addition to his son Timothy, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Mr. Fraley is survived by his wife of 35 years, Genie, another son, Michael, of Fort Lauderdale, and a grandson.

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