Gregory Fournier is the author of The Purple Gang: Detroit's Kosher Nostra is a concise history of one of America's most notorious Prohibition-era gangs.
Fournier shares fascinating stories during this interview about one of America's most notorious gangs. American popular culture has memorialized the Purple Gang in books, movies, and even Elvis Presley's hit "Jail House Rock" mentions the notorious Detroit gang.
The Purple Gang sat on top of the underworld of Michigan in the 1920s and 1930s until the Mafia took over in Detroit, Michigan. They did deals with Al Capone, the notorious mobster from Chicago.
The Purple Gang played in northern Michigan and hid out in places like Lupton, Clare, and Roscommon, Michigan. The Bernstein brothers and their associates were the only Jewish gang in the United States to dominate the rackets of a major American city.
From their meteoric rise to the top of Detroit's underworld to their ultimate demise, this is an episodic account of the Purple Gang's corrosive pursuit of power and wealth and their inevitable plunge towards self-destruction.
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