Dixie Mafia

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George H. W. Bush in 1983 with Bill Clinton and George Wallace at a lobster bake at his house.
InterestsTyson Foods
Criminal organizations composed mainly of white Southerners and operating primarily throughout the Southern United States, interwoven with politics and owners of legitimate businesses.

The Dixie Mafia are criminal organizations composed mainly of white Southerners and operating primarily throughout the Southern United States. The groups form a ring of interlocking interests that cover Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, and above all Arkansas.

The groups use each member's talents and positions to help move stolen merchandise, deal in illegal alcohol, and illegal drugs, among other activities. The groups are interwoven with politics and owners of legitimate businesses. The Dixie Mafia also particularly well known for violence, and its impunity from prosecution thanks to corrupt government connections.

Name

The term was coined by Rex Armistead, the director of the Organized Crime Strike Force in New Orleans in the 1970s.[1] The name is a play on "Dixie" and the original Mafia’s name; the Dixie Mafia is not related to the original Mafia or Italian-American Mafia, nor is it an official name.

Activities

During the ten year period 1969-1978, the Dixie Mafia killed at least 156 people. "There wasn't a well from Mississipi to West Texas that didn't have a dead body floating in it", according to Rex Armistead[1].

Arkansas

The Dixie Mafia is prominent in the state of Arkansas. Many murders have been committed to silence whistleblowers or witnesses to their activities.

Groups were involved in the large-scale CIA drug running through Mena, Arkansas in the 1980s, and had a corrupt grip on then-Governor Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary.

Tyson Foods, then run by Don Tyson, had cozy business dealings with the Clintons, and in total gave seven hundred thousand dollars in Bill Clinton's campaign. There are allegations Don Tyson used his distribution network for chickens throughout the United States to smuggle cocaine,[2] at a time when Tyson Foods became the fastest-growing company in the country.[1]


 

Related Quotation

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William Pepper“that J. Edgar Hoover used his number two, Clyde Tolson, to come into Memphis on a regular basis and liaise with the Dixie Mafia and organize the on the ground killing of Martin King. It shows that Tolson carried $25,000 in, and that money was carried to the prison where James Earl Ray was. He - James - had been profiled and never knew this. That given to the warden, Swenson, and James was allowed to escape, and then he became part of their network. He was under a handler whom he knew as Raoul and who I later came to know as Raoul Coelo. He was an ex Portuguese intelligence officer who lived in Yonkers New York."”William Pepper


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