Michigan Scoundrels


The rich history of the Wolverine State has a serious dark side.  In the Detroit area, the Black Legion outdid the Ku Klux Klan in hate but remained secret until one of its leaders was implicated in a murder.  John Harvey Kellogg of Battle Creek was equal parts physician and quack.  Then there were the state's two self-proclaimed kings: James Jesse Strang, the leader of a Mormon group on Beaver Island, and Albert Molitor, the reputed illegitimate son of German royalty who established his own kingdom on Presque Isle.  Michigan author and historian Norma Lewis presents a gallery of the state's most despicable criminals, crooks, con men and more.