Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics forever

State Senator Warren Hooper was not opposed to bribery before he was gunned down while driving from Lansing to Albion in 1945.
Credit Jackson Citizen Patriot file photo

Before the assassination of State Senator Warren Hooper in 1945, corruption in Michigan politics was the norm, not the exception. While it remains unsolved,  the Hooper hit, which was widely believed to be the work of Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang, ushered in a crackdown on corruption and altered the political climate in Lansing for good.

Bill Whitbeck, a Michigan Court of Appeals judge and the author of the 2010 novel “To Account for Murder,” which is based on Hooper’s death, recounts the story.

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