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The Detroit True Crime Chronicles sets forth the rich history of criminal activity in the Motor City. Using information from declassified federal documents and many firsthand accounts, the book focuses on the city's local Mafia, key mobsters, drug kingpins, serial killers, and unsolved crimes.

Included in this comprehensive account of criminal life in Michigan's great border city are the stories of "Ernie the Greek" Kanakis, Henry "Blaze" Marzette, Eddie Jackson, "Baby Ray" Peoples, Demetrius Holloway, Butch Jones, Leroy Buttrum, "Frank Nitti" Usher, "Maserati Rick" Carter, "Rocking Reggie" Brown, "Wonderful Wayne" Davis, Young Boys Inc. (YBI), Murder Row, Best Friends, Pony Down, John Wolfenbarger, "Billy Wadd" Smith, Harry "Taco" Bowman, "Tony Jack" Giacalone, "Frankie the Bomb" Bommarito, "Singing Sam" Cattalanotte, the Purple Gang and the Burnstein Brothers, "Black Bill" Tocco, Joseph "Legs" Laman, Christopher Busch, the Chaldean Mafia, the Chambers brothers, "Joe Uno" and "Tony Z" Zerilli, "Black Jack" Tocco, "Papa John" Priziola, "Machine Gun Pete" Corrado, "Jimmy Q" Quasarano, "Gentleman John" Claxton, Carmine "The Doctor" Lombardozi, Angelo "The Chairman" Meli, "Frankie Three Fingers" Coppola, "Cockeyed Joe" Catalanotte, the Badalamenti Group, Benedetto Evangelista, Bobby "The Animal" La Puma, and, of course, Jimmy Hoffa.

©2013 Scott M. Burnstein (P)2021 Tantor

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  • 14-06-21

Good listen

Having exhausted pretty much all the NY, Philly, Boston ,Chicago, even Cleveland , true mob stories I was on the hunt for somewhere else . Well did I find a good one in Detroit . I had heard about the Purple Gang when in reading up on Capone & Chicago but only slightly mentioned . Here Burnstein goes into great detail & doesn't stop there . All the ethnic groups get a good telling & of course Hoffa is not left out . Fascinating stuff . There's a lot of names & nick names some may find to much but if you like stories about gangsters this can't be beat .

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  • Man utd
  • 06-05-22

Good book on organized crime in the D

I was expecting more insider knowledge on the purple gang since the author is a relative.... there wasn't much new that I didn't Lready know from other books on the gang. otherwise interesting book.