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1. The Purple Gang, unlike many of the other crime "families," was predominantly made up of members of this heritage.
2. The Purple Gang controlled this Northern city's bootlegging operations years before Prohibition jump started other mobs in the booze business.
3. What made Detroit an advantageous spot for a bootlegging operation?
4. How the Gang got its nickname has been disputed, although the most commonly given reason is which of these?
5. The Gang branched out into more than bootlegging and drug dealing. In the mid 1920's the purples were used as muscle by corrupt union leaders in the laundry industry to enforce the loyalty of union members and to harass non-union shops. What was this action called?
6. Arthur Mixon was a 15-year old boy who was murdered by Purple Gang workers when he accidentally stumbled across a bootlegging operation in 1930. This murder was a turning point in the history of the gang. Why?
7. Harry Millman was a Purple Gang member who angered members of his own gang as well as those of rival gangs. The Purples tried to kill Millman more than once, including a botched car bombing. The rivals brought in muscle from Brooklyn to complete the hit. What was the group called that eventually killed Millman?
8. In 1927, three hoods named Frankie Wright, Joseph Bloom, and George Cohen were murdered at the Milaflores Apartments in retribution for killing a Purple Gang drug peddler. The Milaflores Massacre, as it came to be known, was noteworthy because it introduced which weapon to the local crime scene?
9. The beginning of the end came from within for the Purple Gang. A group of three gang members who owned boats and specialized in rum running and hijacking other shipments on the river decided to break away. What was this group called?
10. The final straw for the Purple Gang was the 1931 conviction of Ray Bernstein, Irving Milberg and Harry Keywell, for the murders of the Little Jewish Navy. Much like the Milaflores Massacre, the victims were lured to an apartment where they were gunned down. What were these murders called?
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