Back in Detroit on this date in the year nineteen hundred and thirty one the Purple gang had a rendezvous set up with the upper echelon of "the Little Jewish Navy" a gang of bootleggers who traversed the Detroit River and a few of the great lakes transporting spirits of an intoxicating nature in from Canada.
Turns out the Purples were not happy with the Navy fellows and meant to
terminate their partnership in a most permanent way. Joe Lebowitz, Hymie
Paul and Isadore Sutker, the LJN leadership showed up at the
Collingwood apartments with Sol Levine, a mutual friend of both gangs,
who was in on the plan. So the quartet arrived to find a couple
of Purples, Harry Keywell and Irving Milberg, waiting there and after a
few minutes of light chit chat, the Purples drew guns and sunk the
Little Jewish Navy.
As the gun men ran out of the building they dropped their pistols into
an open can of green paint (why not purple, to obvious?) to obliterate
any finger prints. They hopped into a waiting car driven by gang leader
and architect of what would become known as the "Collingwood Massacre",
Ray Berstein. And off they went.
After awhile Sol Levine got to thinking that the Purples might want to
tuck him away for insurance so went to the cops. As a result of his
squealing Bernstein, Keywell and Milberg went from selling booze to
making license plates.