List of homicides in 1931

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This is a List of homicides in 1931, including all cases investigated in the Birmingham District.

Jefferson County

Peak months for homicides in Jefferson County were July, with 28, and October, with 26.

  • February 1: Robert C. Rockett, an electrical engineer, was found dead behind the wheel of his car on a road near Tarrant. He had been shot through the heart after dropping off a date whom he had taken to church the previous evening. No arrest.
  • April 5: Mamie Allen was killed at her home on Shades Mountain. A Black man was arrested and indicted for her murder.
  • April 29: W. L. Taylor, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department convict guard, was found dead, of a gunshot wound to the head, in the vicinity of Mt Pinson. Three men were arrested and charged in connection with his death.
  • April 30: W. H. Massey, an oil salesman, was found dead, of a gunshot wound to the head, behind his truck in the vicinity of Mt Pinson. There was evidence he had been robbed. (report)
  • June: Rufus Collins of Zion City was killed. Coroner Russum judged his homicide to have been justified, but murder warrants were sworn out against J. R. Ray even so. (report)
  • July 14: William D. Crews was shot to death while collecting on furniture accounts in "a negro section of Homewood".
  • July 26: Arnold Puckett, 18, was shot to death during an argument at an ice house in Adamsville. The shooter, Oscar DeArmand, later killed himself in Ensley. (report)
  • July 26: Nellie Lowe, 42, was shot to death in the same incident.
  • August 2: L. K. Horton, a slag company foreman, was found shot to death near his car outside Muscoda. The suspected shooter, G. M. Culpepper, who had been involved with Horton's wife, shot himself to death rather than submit to arrest. Mrs Horton and another man, Hiram Blansett, were arrested and charged with being involved in planning the murder.
  • August 4: Jennie Wood and another female were abducted and killed on Shades Mountain near Leeds Highway. Willie Peterson was arrested and charged with their murder. After recovering from a gunshot wound at the hands of one of the victim's brothers, and after a mistrial, he was convicted and sentenced to death. That sentence was later commuted by Governor Benjamin Miller. Peterson died of tuberculosis in Kilby Prison in 1940.
  • August 4: Augusta Williams was killed in the same incident.
  • October 29: Stokes Galloway was shot to death in front of a roadhouse on Bessemer Road. No arrest.


Tuscaloosa County

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