Episode 23 - The Cornbread Cosa Nostra

September 14,1987 - Vincent Sherry (a state circuit judge) and his wife, Margaret, (a former councilwoman with mayoral aspirations) were shot to death in their own home in Biloxi, Mississippi. The case went cold until years later when a strange tie to a lonely hearts scam run by a criminal organization was uncovered…

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Episode Sources:

“The Dixie Mafia” - Murder and the Dixie Mafia. FBI News website. September 4th, 2012.

“A Timeline of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in the United States” - Adapted and updated from Out of the Past: 400 Years of Lesbian and Gay History in America (PBS Online); Bending the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Youth (NYAC & Lambda Legal); The American Gay Rights Movement: A Timeline; Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators, and School Personnel (Just the Facts Coalition). GSAFE website.

“An ‘ice cold’ murder conspiracy ended Margaret and Vincent Sherry’s lives 30 years ago” - SunHerald article by Anita Lee. September 14, 2017.

“Federal Trial Tells A Story Of Cold-Blooded Death, Prison Scam With Gay Men” - AP article by Gina Holland. October 20, 1991.

“Ex-Biloxi Mayor Indicted in Death of Judge, Wife” - AP article. October 22, 1996.

“Biloxi's Tale of Murder, Extortion and Racy Photos” - New York Times article. December 29, 1991.

“Figure in Coast judge's slaying dies” - Daily Journal article by Ashley Elkins. March 12, 2006.

“Ex-Biloxi mayor still denies role in killings - The Mississippi Link article. May 22, 2013.

“THE DIXIE MAFIA ON TRIAL” - Newsweek article by Newsweek Staff. November 10, 1991.

“The Dixie Mafia Murders” - Daily News article by David J. Krajicek. July 5, 2008.


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Intro Music:

She-Wolf In My Heart (bonus) by Sergey Cheremisinov is licensed under a Attribution License.

Outro Music:

Trio for Piano Violin and Viola by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.