List of Birmingham homicides in 1974

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This is a List of Birmingham homicides in 1974. It includes homicide cases occuring within the city limits during the calendar year. Note that not all homicides are ultimately ruled to be murder in courts of law.

Birmingham reported 76 homicide cases to the FBI in 1974, of which 72 (94.7%) had been cleared.


  • July 29: Bobby Duke Jr, an Alabama Crimson Tide football player, was killed during a robbery. Suspect Eugene Pendleton surrendered to police. Another suspect, Hayes Joseph Hooten, was caught driving Duke's car in Selma. He was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life in prison (report)
  • December 13: John Harbin, an oil company executive, was shot to death during a robbery. William James Turk was arrested and charged with murder. (link)



  • Birmingham News reports accessed at the microfilm room of the Birmingham Public Library
  • FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, accessed via the Murder Accountability Project (

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