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TBT: Throwback Thursday – Two murders and personal mentions were reported in news on June 30, 1930

Throwback Thursday The news in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in June 30, 1930 – included the following stories.



Dave Hudson, Brother-In-Law, Confesses To Slaying Oscar Hallman

Oscar Hallman, 40, Searles, died early Sunday in a Birmingham hospital from a knife would in the heart said to have been inflicted in a scuffle with his brother-in-law, Dave Hudson, at the latter’s home near the Tuscaloosa-Jefferson county line on the Warrior river.

Hudson, self-confessed slayer of Hallman, surrendered to Jefferson county authorities at Bessemer and was bein held in jail today without bond pending investigation by Jefferson officers.

The fight between Hudson and Hallman occurred at 11:00 p.m. Saturday at a dance near Providence church at Big Shoals fishing camp approximately 25 miles from here. Ten persons witnessed the altercation, but failed to intervene before Hallman was fatally stabbed in the heart. He was removed to a Birmingham hospital and died three hours later.

He was a brother of Charlie Hallman, Searles resident who is being held in jail here for connection with the fatal shooting March 20 of Newt. S. Harris, 65, Searles night watchman who was slain from ambush at the mine of the Sloss-Sheffield Steel & Iron Company. A younger sister informed Charles Hallman of the death this morning. He will probably attend funeral services in company with Chief Deputy Sheriff W. I. Huff.

Deputy Coroner J. W. Pickens of Jefferson county today conducted an inquest into the deaht of Hallman and announced that twelve persons were to be questioned. Pickens, in company with John Douoglass, special investigator for the solicitor’s office, visited the scene of the murder and ordered Hudson held pending the outcome of the inquest.

Funeral services had not been arranged today.


B. M. Weeks, Farmer, Will Face Murder Charge After Shooting

Man Denies Story Told By Another

Death-Bed Statements From Phipps Only Evidence

Greensboro, Ala., June 30 (AP)—B. M. Weeks, well known Hale county farmer, today was charged with murder following the death of J. Gaines Phipps, another Hale county farmer, in a hospital here yesterday.

Phipps was found on June 5, slumped in his automobile on a lonely road near Newbern, weak from loss of blood from bullet wounds. Phipps charged Weeks had shot him the night before and left him in his automobile.

Weeks has steadfastly denied that he fired the shots that resulted in Phipps’ death. The only evidence officers have announced they held against Weeks was Phipps statement.

Phipps body today was sent to his old home at Kingsport, Tenn., for burial tomorrow. In addition to his wife, Phipps is survived by two sons, Kenneth and Gaines of Kingsport.


Mr. and Mrs. John Kennedy and two sons are spending their vacation with Mr. J. K. Kennedy and family of Birmingham in their summer home near Lok Seventeen.

Miss Frances Perry had returned to her home in Greensboro after spending a delightful week with her cousin Miss Louise Jackson on Eleventh street.

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Barrett and daughter, Mrs. Alice Barrett, have returned to their home in Union Springs after a pleasant week end spent with Mr. and Mrs. Sam Darden in their lovely new home on Fourteenth street.

J. S. Robertson is back in the city after spending a week with his family in their lovely summer home on the west coast of Florida, near Pensacola.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Waldrop have as their charming houseguests their sisters, Miss Zoe Wilhite, a primary teacher of Birmingham and Miss Verna Wilhite a recent high school graduate of Cullman

John T. Robinson, having completed his freshman year is in th Carver school of Chiropractic in Oklahoma City, has returned home and will spend the summer with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. M. C. Robinson on Thirteenth street.

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