Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton (1946 – 2009)
Marvin Sutton earned the nickname “Popcorn” Sutton after punishing a bar’s broken popcorn machine with a pool cue. He is known as the last real moonshiner. In his time Sutton has wrote a book, produced a video and been featured by the media countless times. Unlike the other moonshiners listed, Popcorn Sutton distilled for reasons other than money.
Joe Kennedy Sr. (1938 – 1940)
Joe Kennedy was a prominent business man, Politian and had strong ties with organized crime and Canadian distilleries during prohibition. Although there’s no hard evidence he was a moonshiner, he made millions from his legal investments in the spirit importation business post-prohibition. His primary connections were Canadian distiller Samuel Bronfman and to New England bootlegger Danny Walsh.
William “Bill” McCoy (1877 – 1948)
McCoy and his brothers owned a excursion and freight business. When prohibition hit, they fell on tough times and made a joint decision to sell their business and start running rum from the Bahamas to the eastern sea board. After a few successful runs he bought and registered another schooner under British registry to avoid being subject to US laws. Bill McCoy prided himself as delivering a clean high quality rum and not paying “protection” money to organized crime or the authorities.
Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was an American gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit, which subsequently became known as the “Capones”, was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931.