George Stinney Jr. was a fourteen-year-old boy when police officers arrested him for a crime he did not commit. Unfortunately, the judges sentenced him to death by electric chair, making him the youngest person to receive the United States’ death penalty.
The circumstances that led to this predicament are quite strange and sometimes vague. It is a significant reason why people talk about George Stinney’s case.
George Stinney was an African American boy who lived in Alcolu, South Carolina. Railroad tracks separated the white community from the blacks.
Stinney belonged to a lower-middle-class family residing in the Alcolu community.
Authorities forced them to vacate their house after somebody accused the teenager of murdering two white girls.
Racial discrimination was quite prevalent during that time across the globe, particularly in the United States.
Most people held prejudice against dark-skinned people, so it did not take long for the judges and jury to find George guilty.
Police officers arrested the boy within minutes of the accusation. What’s worse, the jury present in the court consisted of white men only. It highlights the high-degree of racial injustice in America.
The Murders Of Mary Emma Thames And June Binnicker
One day during March 1944, Mary and June were riding their new bicycles, searching for fresh flowers. They crossed paths with Stinney and his sister Aime.
The girls stopped to ask them where they could find maypops. According to several reports, that was the last time anyone saw the June and Mary alive.
They never returned home, and their disappearance caused their parents and virtually everybody residing in Alcolu to search for them aggressively. George’s father also actively tried to find the girls. Everybody’s efforts were unsuccessful.
Sadly, the only thing that returned the next day were the missing girls’ corpses. Somebody stumbled upon them in a ditch and immediately alerted the authorities. Police officers sent the bodies to an examiner. Initially, the Doctor analyzing the dead body didn’t notice any signs of struggle.
However, closer inspection revealed that both girls had multiple head injuries and fractures, indicating that someone violently murdered them.