The truth of the matter is that the “slippery weasels” were a rival faction to the notorious Purple Gang that terrorized Detroit during the prohibition era. Rum running characters and wiseacres such as Gus “Curly Top” Skinner, Marty “Pars Fortuna” Brent, and Charlie “Two Chins” Abbelskeevers headed the “vermin ermine” as they were collectively known in the local press. These generals organized a crime wave that was utterly disastrous in terms of crimes committed and subsequent time served for felonies both real and imagined. One singular problem was the insistence on the part of the criminals to use stockings in the execution of their criminal behavior. Hosiery was not put over their heads to thwart identification, but rather worn on their legs to aid with swift and deliberate escape from the scene of the crime (not to mention the intention of making a fashionable exit).
The Slippery Weasel Society became a loosely organized collection of gangster groupies; it was a big draw for curious thrill seekers, who were motivated in large part by the societies “clothing optional” Tuesday night meetings. It should be noted that Society members then and now demonstrate a noticeable lack of social propriety when it comes to liquor, improvisational music and anyone with a reasonably charming smile.
A vintage photograph of some original society members.