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Scott M. Burnstein

Scott M. Burnstein - Public Speaker / Author / Crime Historian / Journalist
Scott M. Burnstein,  the grandson of one of the founders of the famous Detroit "Purple Gang", (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe_Bernstein)  grew up in Bloomfield Hills and attended school at Birmingham Roeper, where he earned multiple varsity letters in both basketball and baseball, and has been following the local preps scene since the 1980's.

Mr. Burnstein attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received a bachelors of arts degree in political science, and the John Marshall Law School, in Chicago, Illinois, where he got his Juris Doctrate.   

He has covered sports for both the Detroit Free Press and the Oakland Press, and is the author of the 2007 regional best-selling book, The Motor City Mafia - A Century of Organized Crime in Detroit, Family Affair - Greed, Treachery, and Betrayal in The Chicago Mafia (2010), Mafia Prince - The Crazy Phil Leonetti Story (2012) and The Detroit True Crime Chronicles.
Scott M. Burnstein True-Crime Talk Menu

1 The Purple Gang/Detroit Prohibition Era Talk
Burnstein tells the complete story of the world famous Purple Gang Jewish mob, Detroit’s most iconic criminal organization, as well as the fascinating and bloody tale of Michigan’s underworld during Prohibition

2 The Detroit Mafia Talk
Burnstein tells the complete story of the Motor City’s nationally-renowned and ultra-stealthy Italian mafia, a tale that spans from the early 20th Century to the New Millennium, including the skinny on Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters, Las Vegas, Home Juice Co., Hazel Park Raceway , the Southfield Athletic Club, Hillcrest Country Club and much more

3 The Chicago Mafia Talk
Burnstein tells the complete story of the historic and wide-reaching Windy City Italian mafia, from the bootlegging days of Al "Scarface" Capone to today - How the Midwestern mob powerhouse muscled its way to the top of the U.S. gangland landscape leaving a path of dead bodies and greased palms in its wake and is still standing as strong as ever

4 The Philadelphia Mafia Talk
Burnstein tells the complete story of the notoriously violent and duplicitous Philly Italian mafia, a soup-to-nuts rundown of all the area’s most high-profile gangsters of all-time, men like Angelo "The Docile Don" Bruno, Phil "The Chicken Man" Testa, Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, Philip "Crazy Phil" Leonetti, Giovanni "Homicide John" Stanfa, Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino and Ralph Natale 5 The Rat Pack-Las Vegas & the Mob Talk

Burnstein tells the complete story of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. and their longstanding relationship with the mob, as well as how the American mafia built and eventually fleeced the Las Vegas Strip we know today for hundreds of millions of dollars

Scott M Burnstein books available at Amazon.com

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