Youngest Person To Ever Be Executed By Electric Chair Was Proven Innocent 70 Years Later

George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person ever to have been executed by electric chair in the United States when he was just 14 years old, but 70 years later, he was officially exonerated for his alleged crime.

George, who was Black, was put to death in 1944 in the Jim Crow era of the South, after being accused of killing two white girls; Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7.

The two girls are said to have been last seen while riding their bicycles in Alcolu, South Carolina, when they stopped to ask George and his younger sister Aime if they knew where they could find any maypops, the yellow fruit of passionflowers.

George’s father was among those who searched for the missing girls, and the next day their bodies were discovered in a ditch with multiple head injuries.

When police learned the girls had been seen talking to George, they went to his home, handcuffed him and interrogated him without his parents, an attorney, or any witnesses, according to All That’s Interesting.

Police claimed George had confessed to murdering the two girls, and he later underwent a trial that lasted just two hours. A court-appointed lawyer did not call any witnesses to the stand or present any evidence to cast doubt on the prosecution’s case against George.

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