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Many want to call George Stinney a murder. But I am not one of them. George was set up by white cops that wanted to blame a black child. This case is from  George a 14 year old 5,1” 95 pound African American. He was accused of murdering two girls ages 11 and 8. They tried to say George wanted to have sex with one of the girls. George was supposed to have somehow killed both girls at once. Whats more heGeorge was suppose to have the strength to kill both girls by shattering their skulls into 4- 5 pieces each. George was arrested and in a locked interrogation room with no laywer and no witnesses except the officers doing the interrogation. The officers were all white males. George would eventually be coerced into admitting to the killing and would be documented as the youngest person to be executed on death row in the United States in twentyith century. He would be to small for the electric chair. George walked to the chair with a bible under his arm escorted by gaurds. They put him in the chair to find that the staps didn’t fit and the electrode was to big for his leg. When the switch was pulled the mask on his face fell down showing his face to all witnesses that were there. He had tears running down his face. The witnesses that wanted to watch a child die got what they wanted and more. They were said to be horrified as they watched him be put to death. Many are trying to clear George’s name. Only 81 days had passed from the day of the murders to the day they killed George. His lawyer was a white man that didn’t want to taint his name by representing a black man. He did not once cross examine a witness or stand up for George in any way. The jury that had found him guilty was all white and had already made up their minds before the trial began. He was alone after his family ran for their safety. Considering the case took place in 1944, there is no denying racism played a great role here.

 

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011George Junius Stinney Jr. R.I.P
I'm reading about the case of George Junius Stinney Jr. and I literally want to cry. Such cases remind you how important history is, how important the fight for human rights is, and the disgusting injustices that can go on in seemingly civilised Western socities...

 

"In a South Carolina prison sixty-six years ago, guards walked a 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 5’ 1” and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg.

The switch was pulled and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century die.

Now, a community activist is fighting to clear Stinney’s name, saying the young boy couldn’t have killed two girls. George Frierson, a school board member and textile inspector, believes Stinney’s confession was coerced."

 

The case

 

Stinney was accused of killing two white girls, 11 and 8 years old. Stinney was arrested a few hours later and interrogated by several white officers in a locked room with no witnesses aside from the officers; within an hour, a deputy announced that Stinney had confessed to the crime.

According to the confession, Stinney (90 lbs, 5'1") wanted to "have sex with" 11 year old Betty June Binnicker and could not do so until her companion, Mary Emma Thames, age 8, was removed from the scene; thus he decided to kill Mary Emma. According to the accounts of deputies, Stinney apparently had been successful in killing both at once.

 

Stinney's father was fired from his job at the local lumber mill and the Stinney family left town during the night in fear for their lives. Without family visits, the 14 year old had to endure the trial and death alone.

George Junius Stinney Jr. (October 21, 1929 – June 16, 1944) was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. The question of Stinney's guilt and the judicial process leading to his execution remain controversial."

 

George Junius Stinney Jr. (October 21, 1929 – June 16, 1944) was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century.

The question of Stinney's guilt and the judicial process leading to his execution remain controversial.

 
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The case

Stinney, who was black, was arrested on suspicion of murdering two white girls, Betty June Binnicker, age 11, and Mary Emma Thames, age 8, in Alcolu, located in Clarendon County, South Carolina, on March 23, 1944. The girls had disappeared while out riding their bicycles looking for flowers. As they passed the Stinney property, they asked young George Stinney and his sister, Katherine, if they knew where to find "maypops", a type of flower. When the girls did not return, search parties were organized, with hundreds of volunteers. The bodies of the girls were found the next morning in a ditch filled with muddy water. Both had suffered severe head wounds.

Stinney was arrested a few hours later and was interrogated by several white officers in a locked room with no witnesses aside from the officers; within an hour, a deputy announced that Stinney had confessed to the crime. According to the confession, Stinney (90 lbs, 5'1") wanted to "have sex with" 11 year old Betty June Binnicker and could not do so until her companion, Mary Emma Thames, age 8, was removed from the scene; thus he decided to kill Mary Emma. When he went to kill Mary Emma, both girls "fought back" and he thus decided to kill Betty June, as well, with a 15 inch railroad spike that was found in the same ditch a distance from the bodies. According to the accounts of deputies, Stinney apparently had been successful in killing both at once, causing major blunt trauma to their heads, shattering the skulls of each into at least 4-5 pieces. The next day, Stinney was charged with first-degree murder. Jones describes the town's mood as grief, transformed in the span of a few hours into seething anger, with the murders raising racially and politically charged tension. Townsmen threatened to storm the local jail to lynch Stinney, but prior to this, he had been removed to Charleston by law enforcement. Stinney's father was fired from his job at the local lumber mill and the Stinney family left town during the night in fear for their lives.

The trial took place on April 24 at the Clarendon County Courthouse. Jury selection began at 10 am, ending just after noon, and the trial commenced at 2:30 pm. Stinney's court appointed lawyer was 30-year-old Charles Plowden, who had political aspirations. Plowden did not cross-examine witnesses; his defense was reported to consist of the claim that Stinney was too young to be held responsible for the crimes. However the law in South Carolina at the time regarded anyone over the age of 14 as an adult. Closing arguments concluded at 4:30 pm, the jury retired just before 5 pm and deliberated for 10 minutes, returning a guilty verdict with no recommendation for mercy. Stinney was sentenced to death in the electric chair When asked about appeals, Plowden replied that there would be no appeal, as the Stinney family had no money to pay for a continuation. When asked about the trial, Lorraine Binnicker Bailey, the sister of Betty June Binnicker, one of the murdered children, stated:


Everybody knew that he done it, even before they had the trial they knew that he done it. But, I don't think that they had too much of a trial.

—Lorraine Binnicker Bailey, sister of victim Betty June Binnicker, as quoted by Jones, Mark R., South Carolina Killers: Crimes of Passion, pg. 41.

Local churches, the N.A.A.C.P., and unions pleaded with Governor Olin D. Johnston to stop the execution and commute the sentence to life imprisonment, citing Stinney's age as a mitigating factor. There was substantial controversy about the pending execution, with one citizen writing to Johnston, stating, "Child execution is only for Hitler." Still, there were supporters of Stinney's execution; another letter to Johnston stated: "Sure glad to hear of your decision regarding the nigger Stinney." Johnston did nothing, thereby allowing the execution to proceed.

Execution

The execution of George Stinney was carried out at the South Carolina State Penitentiary in Columbia, South Carolina, on June 16, 1944. At 7:30 p.m., Stinney walked to the execution chamber with a Bible under his arm. Standing 5'1" and weighing just over 90 pounds, he was small for his age, which presented difficulties in securing him to the frame holding the electrodes. Neither did the state's adult-sized face-mask fit Stinney; his convulsing exposed his face to witnesses as the mask slipped free. Stinney was declared dead within four minutes of the initial electrocution From the time of the murders until Stinney's execution, eighty one days had passed.

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