The Biggest Scandals To Hit Moonshiners

Not all the shiners on the show were actually taped by Magilla, however. In fact, the show’s first season featured Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, a bootleg distiller who died before the show even began. The footage of him on the show comes from an award-winning documentary about the bootlegger, “This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make,” that was filmed in 2002 (via Sucker Punch Pictures, which has posted the film on YouTube).

Sutton’s story came to a tragic end. In 2008, investigators raided his home and operations, finding 1,700 gallons of moonshine along with equipment, firearms, and ammunition, Knox News reported. After he was convicted of running the large moonshine business and sentenced to 18 months in prison, Popcorn committed suicide near his Tennessee home, per Smoky Mountain News reported.

“Nobody was going to tell him what to do,” his daughter told Knox News. “He did it his way. He always lived a death-before-dishonor kind of life.” The ‘shiner was 62.

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