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The Purple Gang

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Stuart Jeffares Speaker Series presents: 

Paul R. Kavieff, Author and Crime Historian

The Detroit Purple Gang was one of the most ruthless organized crime groups in U.S. history. The gang had its roots in Detroit’s lower eastside during WWI. During the 20s, they rose to become the dominant force in the Detroit underworld through murder, intimidation and official protection. Detroit Police estimated that over 500 unsolved murders in Detroit could be attributed to the Gang. With strong connections to other U.S. organized crime groups, they controlled gambling, drugs, extortion and illegal liquor and beer manufacturing in Southeast Michigan for approximately fi ve years from 1927 to 1932. Lengthy prison sentences and internal sniping caused the Purple Gang to essentially self-destruct by 1935.

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