I am George Stinney Junior. In 1944 in Columbia, SC, I, at the age of 14 years old, became the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th century.
I was arrested on suspicion of murdering two white girls, Betty June Binnicker, age 11 and Mary Emma Thames, age 8, while they looked for flowers. It is said that the girls stopped at my house to ask if he knew where to find the flower that they were looking for. I told them no, and they went on their way.
But when the girls did not return home, search parties were organized and the bodies of the girls were found the next morning in a ditch filled with muddy water; somebody hit them in the head.
Then a few hours later, I was arrested and locked in a room with two white officers. I didn’t have a lawyer and because my family was forced to leave town in fear of their lives, I did not have the support of his parents. The Sheriff said that I confesses, but I didn’t. They told everybody that I did it. They even said I showed them where the bodies were, but they lied about that too. Next thing I know, I was in jail waiting to go to court.
Then on April 24th, they took me to court, but I didn’t have much of a trial. When it was over, the jury said I was guilty; they said I had to die in the electric chair and on June 16, 1944, at 7:30 pm, I was put to death.
From the time of my arrest until the time of my execution was only 83 Days.
Many believed that I was innocent; that I was made a scapegoat, because I was the last to see them. But to this day, there is no evidence to support that I did it, no record of the confession, outside of what the deputies said, and the records of the trial have mysteriously disappeared.
I died for nothing. So now that you know who I am, will you help me tell my story?
Will you help me clear my name?
Will you help me get justice?
Will you help me rest in peace?
I hope so. I am George Stinney Junior, and I am innocent.