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Early days[ edit ] Beginning in the late s, the Dixie Mafia began working as a loosely knit group of traveling criminals performing residential burglaryrobbery and theft. The gang did not function with a set chain of command, but was led by whoever had the most money.
In the words of one investigator of the Sherry murders, "Mr.
Members were usually recruited while in prison; a history of violent behavior was generally a prerequisite to becoming a member. Victims were most often murdered because they testified, or threatened to testify, against fellow members.
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Some of the group's criminal birmngham were in more obscure parts of their major areas of operation, making the group and their activities harder to pinpoint. With the aid of his father's connections in neighboring Oklahoma, Nix beat the weapons charges in Fort Smith and moved on to other crimes.
During its peak, from the early s to the late s, dozens of people were murdered usually shot by its members. Although Nix's involvement in Bennett's murder was never proven, this incident precipitated a string of killings that left twenty-five people dead in six states over the next vold years.
He owned a string of motels, nightclubs that doubled as strip ts and gambling dens, and a bingo parlor. He was known and trusted by almost every member of the Dixie Mafia, especially those who trusted no one else.
They were loosely connected individuals of many nationalities with a common goal: to make money and wield control over illegal moneymaking operations hold any means, including influence peddling, bribery of public officials, and murder. Nix was also convicted of murdering wealthy New Orleans grocery owner Frank Corso. The gang did not function with a set chain of command, but was led by whoever had the most money.
His s of the " Good Ol' Boy's Southern-Mafia" in Parts 3 and 4 of the article describe the group's indigenous nature. Early days[ edit ] Beginning in the late s, the Dixie Mafia began working as a loosely knit group of traveling criminals performing residential burglaryrobbery and theft.
He's their banker. He was suspected in the gangland-style murder of a gambler named Harry Bennett, who was about to turn clkb evidence against several Dixie Mafia members.
These businesses would provide fronts for the operators to escorys and sell stolen items provided by others within the network. According to an article in the Las Vegas Review Journalthe gang was well known for its violence in collecting debts owed to gambling houses and strip clubs.
Documented use of the two terms existed as early aswhen Scarfone wrote about the "Dixie Mafia" or the "Southern Mafia" working together with the "Italian Mafia" in the South. Ward was a noted associate of syndicate boss Sam Giancana and is thought to have controlled organized crime and bootlegging throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. The businesses would usually operate until they aroused suspicion, then golf to another location.
The gang became known for carrying out contract killings, particularly against former members. Of Croatian descent and from a large, poor family, he had raised himself in the city's Point Cadet section to become a wealthy entrepreneur along "The Strip".
Edward Humes, in his book, Mississippi Mud, chronicled their murders, and the subsequent investigation of Gillich, Nix, Bobby Fabian and birmingha, that were involved either loosely or actively in the murders. Despite the informal structure, the Dixie Mafia had one rule that members were expected to obey: "Thou shall not snitch to the cops". In doing so, murders, intimidation, or other criminal activities could take place with less risk of local law enforcement being able to directly link the crimes to the organization.
In later years, she would play a key role in his operations, including direct ties to the murders of Vince and Margaret Sherry. In December,at the age of 22, Nix was caught carrying illegal automatic weapons in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Mike runs the criminals' post office. Therefore, these terms have become terms of general reference to any illegal enterprise in the Southern states that, for cultural reasons, can expect a certain amount of support, both intended and unintended, from the local population  See also[ edit ] burley tobacco —cash crop whose harvesting, warehousing, and escortz technology has been adapted, with little alteration, to marijuana.