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George Stinney At 14: Became the Youngest Person Ever To Be Executed

Posted August 8, 2013 by felicialavette in Entertainment

George Junius Stinney Jr. was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century (June 16, 1944). Stinney was convicted of murdering two pre-teen girls (11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames) after police said he confessed to the murders. At five feet one inch and only 95 pounds, the straps of the electric chair did not fit the boy. His feet could not touch the floor. As he was hit with the first 2,400-volt surge of electricity, the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth,”

Stinney, who had no previous history of violence, had been accused of the crime after he admitted speaking to the girls when they stopped by a field in Alcolu where he was grazing his cow to ask where they could find maypops, a type of flower. Authorities alleged Stinney had used a railroad spike to shatter both of the girls’ heads. The boy was taken into a room with several white officers and within an hour, they said he had confessed. Because there were no Miranda rights in 1944, Stinney was questioned without a lawyer and his parents were not allowed into the room.

No written confession exists, only a few handwritten notes a deputy who was present during the interrogation. They claimed that Stinney had said he killed Mary Emma because he wanted to have sex with Betty June. When Betty June resisted his advances, authorities said, he murdered her too.

Reports said that the officers had offered the boy ice cream for confessing to the crimes. The trial lasted a little over two hours. A jury of twelve white men deliberated for 10 minutes before convicting Stinney.


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