Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang

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Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang is a photographic history of one of the most notorious organized crime groups of the 20th century. The photographs chronologically follow the evolution of the Purples from their days as a juvenile street gang through their rise to power and eventual self-destruction. Using rare police department mug shots and group photographs, the book transports readers through the dark side of Prohibition-era Detroit history. Detroit had a gold rush atmosphere and a thriving black market during the 1920s that attracted gangsters and unsavory characters from all over the country.
ISBN: 9780738552385
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Paul R. Kavieff received his undergraduate degree from Oakland University in Rochester. He holds a master's degree in modern U.S. history from Wayne State University. Kavieff is a foremost authority on the Prohibition-era Detroit underworld. He is also a nationally recognized organized crime historian and the author of The Life and Times of Lepke Buchalter: America's Most Ruthless Labor Racketeer. The photographs in this book represent the personal collection of the author obtained through archives and relatives of Purple Gangsters.