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Unlike the original, predominantly Sicilian Mafia, the members of the Dixie Mafia were not tied together by family or blood. It was, rather, a loose-knit, freelancing group of individuals of many nationalities but all with a common goal: to make money and wield control over illegal moneymaking operations by whatever means necessary, even including influence peddling, bribery of public officials and murder.
Biloxi, on the Gulf Coast of Missisippi, is a city with a long history of scandal and corruption. But it is also a city with deep roots in southern gentility. Vincent Sherry and his partner Pete Halat ran one of Biloxi’s top criminal defense law firms until Sherry eventually became a judge. Vince's wife Margaret was a woman on a crusade to clean up Biloxi and had even campaigned unsuccessfully for the office of Mayor. Vince also had connections through his law practice with many of Biloxi's criminal element, men like Mike Gillich, the godfather of the Dixie Mafia, and Kirksey Nix, Jr. a criminal mastermind serving a life sentence in Angola prison for murder