List of Birmingham homicides in 1972

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This is a List of Birmingham homicides in 1972. It includes homicide cases occurring within the city limits during the calendar year. Note that not all homicides are ultimately ruled to be murder in courts of law.


  • February 21: Willis "Bugs" Chambers Jr, was shot to death shortly after his arrest by Birmingham Police Officer James Howell for public intoxication. Chambers' wife, Francine Tell, said she had been told that officers targeted him because of a rumor that he had threatened to kill police. Though the coroner detected no alcohol and Chambers had been shot in the back, he ruled the cause of death to be justifiable homicide.



  • Isaacson, Lou (April 21, 1972) "Call for Jury Probe into Chambers’ Death Ridiculed." The Birmingham News

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