George Junius Stinney, Jr.,1929 - 1944.
George Stinney was 14 years old when he was executed - the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century.
In a South Carolina prison, guards walked the 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair.
At 5' 1" and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg.
The switch was pulled.
Tears streamed from George's eyes.
George's confession was coerced, and, he was in fact innocent.
In March 1944, in South Carolina, Betty June Binnicker, age 11, and Mary Emma Thames, age 8, were out riding their bicycles looking for flowers.
George Stinney had joined the search party and he told someone that he had talked to the girls on the day of their murder.
George Stinney's father, who had helped look for the girls, was fired immediately from the sawmill where he worked, and ordered to leave his home.
His family was told to leave town prior to the trial.
Allegedly George Stinney made a confession, but, no written record of the confession has been found.
The defense called no witnesses and never filed an appeal. No one challenged the sheriff’s recollection of the confession.
Three witnesses were called for the prosecution: the man who discovered the bodies and the two doctors who performed the post mortem.
There was no cross-examination of the witnesses.
There is no transcript of the trial.
South Carolina attorney Steve McKenzie believes George Junius Stinney was innocent because there was no physical evidence tying him to the murders.