Detroit’s Infamous Purple Gang (Images Of America)

Author: Paul R. Kavieff
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
Page Count: 128
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Publication Date: 6/25/2008
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