Southern Mysteries Podcast

Episode 102 The Hawes Horror

December 6, 2021

In December 1888 Birmingham leaders faced their greatest challenge in the city’s seventeen years of existence...sensational murders that gained nationwide attention and led to a deadly riot in the Magic City.


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Episode Resources

West, Goldsmith B. (1888) The Hawes Horror Birmingham

Northrup, Jeff. (1978) "The Hawes Riot: All the News Unfit to Print" Journal of the Birmingham Historical Society. Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 16-25

The Hawes Murders: a dark moment in Birmingham’s early history. Alabama Newscenter. October 28, 2021

Jones, Pam. (Spring 2006) "The Hawes Murders." Alabama Heritage No. 80, pp. 34-40

He Will Hang! Birmingham News. January 13, 1890. 

Hawes Hung. The South Alabamian. March 8, 1890.


Episode Music

Measured Places, B Somber Ballads, Mesmerize and Lamentation by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source:

There’s Probably No Time by Chris Zabriskie Licensed under creative commons

Elegy by Asher Fulero Licensed under creative commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

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