RIP: Maggie Bailey, "The Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers" age 101
Osama Bin Login says: "Tough ol' Kentucky mountain mama does her thing her whole life, gets away with it--no jury of her peers would convict her; fought for the right to par-tay; and like all good substance-dealers, she helped those in need around her."
"Maggie Bailey, known as "The Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers," died of complications from pneumonia Saturday at Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital. The Kentucky legend, who began selling moonshine when she was 17 and was still selling alcohol from her modest home at Clovertown in Harlan County when she was 95, was 101.
Over and over again, often despite a preponderance of evidence against her, Mrs. Bailey beat charges of illegally selling alcoholic beverages. Juries just would not convict her.
"Everybody knew her and she had helped everybody. Why do you bite the hand that feeds you, as the old saying goes," said Helen Halcomb, who is married to Mrs. Bailey's nephew.