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When it comes to family history, Southern Charm cast members Kathryn Dennis and Shep Rose have some fascinating stories to tell: Both Charm-ers come from a long line of famous South Carolinians who have had a significant influence on politics and society not only in Charleston, but at a state and national level.
Kathryn’s lineage is directly connected to former Vice President John C. Calhoun, who served under Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. Meanwhile, Shep’s paternal grandmother is related to the famous Boykin family, which founded the community of Boykin, South Carolina and serves as the namesake of the state dog, the Boykin spaniel.
But it turns out Kathryn’s family history has a darker side too. During the Southern Charm: Mind Your Manors panel at BravoCon 2019, the mom of two revealed a piece of her family’s story that we haven't heard before.
“My great-grandfather was assassinated by Al Capone,” she revealed. “His distillery… was in Monks Corner and he was a senator at the time. And yeah, they assassinated him because it was during Prohibition.”
Whoa, we didn't see that one coming! Even Kathryn's fellow cast members seemed shocked by the revelation. "It’s really crazy that that happened in little ol’ Monks Corner,” Kathryn said.
Shep also couldn't resist sharing his own interesting tidbit related to his family. "My great-great aunt Mildred… no, Mary Chestnut, if you watch the PBS Civil War documentary, they quote her," he said. "She kept a journal during the war and it’s fascinating, so that’s my little nugget."
Clearly, their family history is even more intriguing than we thought.