Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Been reading several books on Detroit's infamous gang, "The Purple Gang", and others when America went dry and prohibition was law in Detroit's dark corrupt days. Growing up in the Downriver area south of Detroit I heard countless tales of how they would smuggle booze across the Detroit River. It's amazing how much bootlegging was going on from Detroit to Wyandotte all the way down to Lake Erie. From Canada to Michigan about 80% of illicit booze crossed the river, much of it operated by organized crime, if not you were playing Russian roulette with your life if you were caught by these ruthless thugs.