Eliot Ness and the Untouchables are in Florida to arrest Ma Barker and her sons who are staying at a holiday motel under assumed names. With the aid of the State Police, they stage a raid but the well-armed Barker gang hold them off for over 6 hours. Years before, Ma Barker's sons had developed quite a reputation as petty criminals but her real career in crime started when one of them, Herman, was shot by a policeman during a break-in. Soon the Midwest is in the midst of a crime spree that included kidnappings and robberies. The family starts to fall apart when one of her sons, Doc, decides to get married. He leaves home but used currency from a kidnapping and Ness is soon on his trail. Ma Barker gives their location away leading to Ness' raid. Written by
Did You Know?
The series is noted for crediting the real-life Eliot Ness
for many things in which he actually played no part. Most people think Ness was an FBI agent, which he was not (he was an agent for the Treasury Department; the FBI is part of the Department of Justice). This episode, for example, pits Ness against the notorious Barker clan, and depicts him as leading the assault on Ma Barker and her sons at their Florida hideout. In real life Ness was nowhere near the scene of the shootout and, being a Treasury agent, had nothing to do with the tracking down and killing of the Barker clan. See more
The Untouchables surround the Barkers in a Florida motel, but they were actually caught in an old farmhouse they rented to lay low. See more