Author/Professor Lands Miniseries

New York Times Bestselling author William Bernhardt’s story about the legendary Prohibition-era lawman Eliot Ness will be made into a miniseries for NBC, the Rose State professor recently announced.


The eight-hour miniseries, titled “Nemesis,” is based on a true story from Bernhardt’s book “Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness,” about a 1935 serial killer in Cleveland, Ohio that Eliot Ness tried to solve. Dubbed the “torso killer” by the press of the day, the murderer killed and decapitated both men and women, dissecting their bodies before dumping them throughout the area.

The case started when Eliot Ness, of the “Untouchables” fame, became the Director of Public Safety in Cleveland.

“He did a lot of good work for Cleveland, and turned that town around. He was the golden boy of the city, but then he couldn’t nail this one serial killer. Everybody turned on him,” Bernhardt said. “The term ‘serial killer’ didn’t even exist yet. They were trying to catch him with conventional means. What did the murders have in common? Nothing, really. What is the motive? There isn’t one, as one might understand it. They didn’t have the tools to catch this guy.”

Eventually, a suspect did emerge…but that’s the rest of the story.

Bernhardt said he received word that Sony Pictures Television had signed on to the deal while he was a contestant on the set of Jeopardy—also owned by Sony.

In addition to teaching at Rose State College, Prof. Bernhardt is also the executive director of the Rose State College Writing Short Course, an annual writing conference at the campus that brings together bestselling authors, editors, agents and new writers. He is the author of 33 books, including the acclaimed Ben Kincaid thriller series.

According to Deadline: Hollywood, the series is being developed by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Eliot Ness was previously portrayed by Kevin Costner in the Oscar-winning film, “The Untouchables.”

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