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The youngest child executed in America

Two girls walked off into the woods and never came back. A 14-year-old black boy was executed for their murder three months later. This is the story of George Stinney Jr.

Given a trial that only lasted two and a half hours

On March 22, 1944, two little girls in Alcolu, South Carolina left home looking for flowers. When they turned up dead the next morning, people in the town quickly had a scapegoat in mind. Alcolu, like most towns in the South during the 1940s, was segregated and had deep racial tension. 14-year-old Stinney was arrested. Officers said he confessed to the murder of 7-year-old Mary Thames, and the rape and murder of 11-year-old Betty Binnicker. An all-white jury convicted him of 2 counts of first-degree murder.

Rushed into the system

“They deliberated for 10 minutes. And then on June 16, 1944, they executed them. This stuff is still happening. It didn't just happen in 1944, this didn't just happen with Emmett Till and, you know, and Medgar Evers then and all these others that this is still happening today. There is a pattern of systematic injustice that is going on has been going on in this country and has been hidden for a long, long time. So, the hope is in telling the story that we can we can we can kind of introduce the reality of it is we've been hiding as a country behind it for a long time,” Ray Brown, Jr -- filmmaker, 83 Days tells Brut.

Stinney is the youngest American to be executed by the state

Activists allege that he was railroaded by authorities. His conviction was overturned by a federal judge — in 2014. Since 1973, more than 165 people wrongfully sentenced to death have been exonerated. Over half have been black according to the DPIC. Brown says the recent killings of black teens like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice indicate that 75 years later the criminal justice system is still not addressing the concerns of minorities.

Brut.

01/06/2020 12:57 PM
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866 comments

  • Klaudia W.
    a day

    He's with God let's look to the present and future. I cannot change that my grand parents were killed and rapped in WW1 and WW2 and I'm sorry. But. We have our own issues. LET'S FORGET THE PAST & BRING FORWARD THE FUTURE STOP COVID 19 FROM SPREADING PLEASE😷😷😷😷😷😷😷🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🙏🙏🙏

  • Oheneba N.
    a day

    Have nothing to say???

  • Brenda H.
    a day

    This hurts my heart. The scum that did this is free

  • Ronnie B.
    2 days

    Sorry 😐 he long times ago because real killer in 1944?.☹️

  • Renaissance H.
    2 days

    Remember that movie The Green Mile? The two girls in the movie were murdered while picking flowers I guess that where they got it from.

  • Genie B.
    2 days

    God gave him a special place in heaven because of the evil he experienced here on earth, can't imagine how scared this poor little boy was.

  • Alix G.
    2 days

    This is just soooo typically america...

  • Leigh M.
    3 days

    I dunno how anyone could put a child so young to death. Why would he say that they had come to his house if he was guilty.. Kids don't incriminate themselves. I hope that the guilt of killing a baby cus of racial ignorance drove them insane. R. I. P little man.

  • Robert M.
    3 days

    He killed two little girls

  • Noel G.
    4 days

    He was vindicated after 50 years

  • Haden C.
    4 days

    So SAD ☹️☹️😢 😢

  • Maurice H.
    4 days

    Sam Gorman Taylor thk you

  • Britney T.
    4 days

    There’s a movie called “green mile” with Tom Hanks and it’s about this boy. Such a good movie worth the watch

  • Winnie Q.
    4 days

    So sad 😭 if they exonerated half and they were black , were the other half white ?

  • Marcia M.
    4 days

    HE WAS MADE THERE SCAPEGOAT N HOW DREADFUL SOME PEOPLE AREGOING TA ANSWER TO GOD FOR THAT!

  • Ford D.
    5 days

    South Carolina still practices draconian law till this date, please if u are colored or a poor Caucasian NEVER go to South Carolina, they will find a reason to lie and put a case on u. The justice department, jail , police and sentinel are running a government racketeering down there

  • Mérédith S.
    5 days

    And then they say America is the greatest country in the world...

  • Jim F.
    5 days

    Disgusting.

  • Shareese B.
    5 days

    Such devils that use to torment innocent children... Continue to rip 😢

  • Elizabeth L.
    5 days

    What the name off movie