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A 14-year-old man was executed in an electric chair in the USA

A 14-year-old man was executed in an electric chair in the USA

George Junius Stinney, Jr., black-skinned, was executed for the alleged murder of two white girls, whose bodies were found in a ditch. By all accounts, there were few real reasons to accuse George Junius Stinney of that crime.

On June 16, 1944, 14-year-old George Junius Stinney, Jr., was executed, the youngest person executed in the United States during the 20th century. He was executed on an electric chair in the American federal state of South Carolina, one of the so-called states. of the American deep south. George Junius Stinney, Jr. he was black-skinned, and at that time racial segregation still existed in the southern states.

At the time of the execution, George Junius Stinney, Jr. only 40 pounds and 157 inches tall. Because he was smaller than the adult convicts who were otherwise executed in an electric chair, there was reportedly a problem around mounting the equipment on him.

George Junius Stinney, Jr. he was executed for the alleged murder of two white girls. They were 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames, whose bodies were found in a ditch. By all accounts, there were few real reasons to accuse George Junius Stinney of the crime, but he was arrested nonetheless. There was no material evidence that he killed the girls. The prosecution’s main argument was his alleged confession to the crime in front of the police officers, who were white.

The trial lasted only about two and a half hours. The jury was composed entirely of whites. George Junius Stinney was convicted of double murder and ordered to be executed, which took place on this day in 1944 (just at that time the Allied landing on the coast of Normandy in World War II, which began ten days earlier on D-Day).

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