George Stinney, Jr. was born October 21, 1929, in Alcolu, South Carolina. He was the youngest person to be executed in the United States during the 20th century. Stinney was 14 at the time of his death. He was arrested March 23, 1944. The officers questioned him in a small room, by himself without a lawyer or his parents. Three officers claimed Stinney confessed, but there was no proof of a written confession. Stinney could barley read and write. He was convicted in a two hour trial for the murder of two white girls, ages 11 and 8. There was no physical evidence. All they knew was Stinney spoke to the girls prior to their murder. The girls had stopped and asked Stinney and his sister directions as they walked pass the Stinney’s house. It took the jury 10 minutes to come back with a guilty verdict. On December 17, 2014, Stinney’s conviction was posthumously vacated, which was 70 years after his execution.
Check out the clip below from Carolina Skeltons, which was partially based off of George Stinney Jr.’s story!