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Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang


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 ...

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Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang
2008, Arcadia Publishing (SC), Charleston, SC

ISBN-13: 9780738552385

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Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang
2008, Arcadia Publishing Library Editions

ISBN-13: 9781531632779


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