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Mob Museum shines light on Detroit’s violent Prohibition-era Purple Gang

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The Purple Gang’s notoriety continues to hit home decades after they vanished. Though the group operated in Detroit during the years of Prohibition, its violent and deadly modus operandi made such an impression that the Mob Museum in Las Vegas will hold an interesting event about them.

Author and crime historian Paul Kavieff devoted much of his life to researching and writing about Detroit’s Purple Gang. On October 3, he will share some of this knowledge with the public in the museum’s Historic Courtroom. His talk will address the Prohibition era in Detroit, which gave rise to a menace that employed murder and corruption to control bootlegging and other criminal rackets in the Motor City and beyond.

The event will be held from 19:00 to 20:00 and entrance is free for members or comes with the cost of the museum admission.

If you can’t wait to read more about Detroit’s Purple Gang, then check out this long read that Thom L. Jones wrote for Gangsters Inc. titled The Color Purple: Detroit's Early Mob

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