Popcorn Sutton was an American Appalachian bootlegger and moonshiner. He gained notoriety through illegal trade. Hailing from North Carolina, he had spent his whole life in the rural areas of Maggie Valley and Cocke County, Tennessee. Sutton began his legacy of being a moonshiner and a bootlegger with a single barrel, which became an empire later. However, in between, Sutton had to face several legal charges. He went through every struggle to build the moonshine empire. However, he did not wish to face imprisonment. This became one of the reasons responsible for his suicide. He had self-published an autobiography, self-produced a home video featuring his moonshining activities, and was the subject of several documentaries, one of which received a 'Regional Emmy Award.' To carry forward his legacy, a famous whiskey brand, run by Sutton's wife, was named after him. Throughout his life, Sutton proudly held on to his Scotch-Irish American ethnicity and boasted about the fact that he had moonshining in his blood.
Maggie Valley, North Carolina, United States
Also Known As
Criminal, Non Fiction Writer
Place Of Death
Parrottsville, Tennessee, United States
Pam Sutton (m. 2007)