Posted in the Alcolu Forum
#1 May 3, 2013
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.
Stinney, of Alcolu, South Carolina, was convicted of murdering two young girls after police said he confessed to the murders. But the question of Stinney's guilt, the validity of his alleged confession and the judicial process leading to his execution has been criticized as "suspicious at best and a miscarriage of justice at worst", and as an example of the many injustices African-Americans suffered in courtrooms in the Southern United States in the first half of the 20th Century.
Following his arrest, Stinney's father was fired from his job and his parents and siblings were given the choice of leaving town or being lynched. The family was forced to flee, leaving the 14-year-old child with no support during his 81-day confinement and trial. His trial, including jury selection, lasted just one day. Stinney's court-appointed attorney was a tax commissioner preparing to run for office. There was no court challenge to the testimony of the three police officers who claimed that Stinney had confessed, although that was the only evidence presented. There were no written records of a confession. Three witnesses were called for the prosecution: the man who discovered the bodies of the two girls and the two doctors who performed the post mortem. No witnesses were called for the defense. The trial before a completely white jury and audience (African-Americans were not allowed entrance) lasted two and a half hours. The jury took ten minutes to deliberate before it returned with a guilty verdict. After reading this you all should be ashamed of your towns history I pray that all involved in murdering this 14 year old boy is rotting in hell.
#2 Oct 29, 2013
This is mostly correct however there are are things posted which are not correct. Pull the trial records and you will discover the truth.
#3 Oct 29, 2013
I do agree with you as to the town history of those which convicted this poor child. Truth be known... look further..... It went all the way to Gov. Olin Johnston. The true murder confessed on his death bed to save his soul. I do not accept that, however I am not GOD. The true murder will be on the books if I have anything to do with it. Correct history and South Carolina needs to come clean. We have to be this poor childs voice.
#4 Jan 21, 2014
Jim crow was rampant during this time so this story follows the backwards thinking, ignorant folks of this community. One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to come to a conclusion that this child was falsely accused. The Bible warns about falsely accusing someone... A white man or men killed them, probably someone from their own family or a close relative or neighbor. George Stinney's family needs restitution, they need to be given a home of their choice for being forced to leave their home, they need to be given a large monetary award for their loss. Although their loss was "priceless," still the town needs to pay....
Saint Augustine, FL
#5 Jan 22, 2014
Sounds like a grave miscarriage of justice...They had no evidence..except boy's "Confession"...which was probably coerced....to say the least.....Pray that the truth will be revealed..and his name could be cleared...The way things were back then..they sure needed a scapegoat....yes..the bible does warn about false accusations..for sure....
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