Bloody Beat 22
Bloody Beat 22 was a pejorative nickname for Lewisburg community, which had become notorious for lawlessness in the early 1910s. Mining activity at Lewisburg and nearby Newcastle gave rise to a row of saloons and whisky houses at the intersection of Stouts Road and Walker's Chapel Road. They, in turn, gave rise to any number of fights and feuds that made the stretch resemble a "Wild West" town.
In 1914 Judge Harrington Heflin, serving as Jefferson County Solicitor, organized a clean-up of the district. Governor Emmet O'Neal contracted with special counsel to help prepare cases for trial. Arthur Jones and Watson were convicted, in a notable prosecution, of the murder of John Holland, an African American, and were sentenced to hang.
- "Birmingham Third in Murder List: 112 Slain in 1925, Only Two Hanged." (April 2, 1926) Birmingham Post