Famous Mugshots of Moonshiners

In an article published in the Jan. 1, 1940 edition of Time, this incredible montage appeared. Featured are some of the most notorious moonshiners who were arrested in a 1939 bust, when $423946-worth of moonshine was destroyed by federal agents in the Atlanta area. Perhaps the most interesting character is Theressa Brown (fourth row, center 2 mugshots), who had been perviously arrested 22 times, mostly for liquor-law violation, once for arson, once for shooting her husband. Poor bastard. At the time she was lovingly referred to as “Queen of the Bootleggers.” I would have just called her “Badass.”


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