Arthur Nix was a 14-year-old kid who made the tragic mistake of innocently peeking inside one of our “cutting houses” (the warehouses where the gang “cut” or watered down liquor before bottling it). He was seen doing this by a Purple who reasonably assumed the kid was a spy. Then this Purple, who shall remain nameless, laid a trap for Arthur. I will only divulge that it involved a couple of wild animals and one movie camera. It all happened unbeknownst to me.
But it sure caused trouble. That, along with the later assassination of the Motormouth (radio star Jerry Barkley), led to calls for an end to gang violence in Detroit in the hot summer of 1930.
Young Arthur was the charge of Detroit speakeasy queen Tennessee Jenkins, who took care of the boy whilst insisting that he was “no kin.” If you ask me, the real culprit in this whole episode was Ten’s paramour, Barkley–who whispered in the boy’s ear and set this whole mess in motion.
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