George Stinney

The youngest person to ever be put to death in the United States was a 14 year old black child named George Stinney. With every thing going on now and by that I mean the despicable murder of the young black child by the black hearted , small johnson racist, Michael Adams, we thought we would first review another killing of a black child that happened in South Carolina in 1944. Personally if it was up to me we would celebrate William Tecumseh Sherman’s birthday as a national holiday every week. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the United States in the Civil War. On September 9, 1864, General Sherman sent a telegram to General Grant before entering South Carolina saying:

“We have devoured the land and our animals eat up the wheat and cornfields close. All people retire before us and desolation is behind. To realize what war is one should follow our tracks. The whole army is burning with an insatiable desire to wreck violence upon South Carolina. I almost tremble for her fate.”

Yessiree, them boys went in “thar”, the symbol and capital of the rebellion, and only the letter “C” was left standing in Columbia after they left. No.. wait.. I’m wrong… they burned the “C” too. Anywho, Im’ getting away from the story, but for those who want to celebrate Sherman’s birthday its February 8. I plan on twerking to “The Ghetto” in the middle of General Lee Ave in Sharpsburg, Maryland wearing my Black Panther costume. Come out and join me if you get a chance.

In March of 1944 two white children, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames, were discovered murdered in Alcolu, South Carolina. Alcolu was a little sh#t hole town back in 1944 and still is today. The 2010 census showed it had a population of 429. The bodies of Betty and Mary were found in a ditch on March 23, 1944, on the African American side of Alcolu, during a search after they had not returned home the night before. The senior George Stinney helped in the search. The girls had been beaten with a weapon, variously reported as a piece of blunt metal or a railroad spike. The girls were last seen riding their bicycles looking for flowers. As they passed the Stinney property, they had asked young George Stinney and his sister, Aime, if they knew where to find “maypops”, a local name for passionflowers.

George Stinney and his older brother Johnny were arrested on suspicion of murdering the girls. Johnny was released by police, but George was held. He was not allowed to see his parents until after his trial and conviction. According to a handwritten statement, the arresting officer was H.S. Newman, a Clarendon County deputy, who stated, “I arrested a boy by the name of George Stinney. He then made a confession and told me where to find a piece of iron about 15 inches were he said he put it in a ditch about six feet from the bicycle.” Following George’s arrest, his father was fired from his job at the local sawmill, and the Stinney family had to immediately vacate their company housing. The family feared for their safety. The community as well as the police threatened to lynch their other children if they did not leave immediately. His parents did not see George again before the trial.

The entire proceeding against Stinney, including jury selection, took one day. Stinney’s court-appointed defense counsel was Charles Plowden, a tax commissioner campaigning for election to local office. Plowden did not challenge the three police officers who testified that Stinney confessed to the two murders, despite this being the only evidence against him. The court allowed discussion of the “possibility” of rape although the medical examiner’s report had no evidence to support this. Stinney’s counsel did not call any witnesses, did not cross-examine witnesses, and offered little or no defense. The trial presentation lasted two and a half hours. The jury took less than ten minutes to deliberate, after which they returned with a guilty verdict. Judge Philip H. Stoll sentenced Stinney to death by electrocution. There is no transcript of the trial and no appeal was filed by his defense attorney.

George Stinney was executed at the Central Correctional Institution in Columbia on June 16, 1944, at 7:30 p.m. Standing 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing just over 90 pounds, Stinney was so small compared to the usual adult prisoners that law officers had difficulty securing him to the frame holding the electrodes. Stinney was made to sit on a Bible he was carrying in order to fit properly into the chair. The state’s adult-sized face-mask did not fit him; as he was hit with the first 2,400-volt surge of electricity, the mask covering his face slipped off, revealing the 3rd degree burns on his face and head. Stinney was declared dead within eight minutes of the initial electrocution.  on December 17, 2014, circuit court Judge Carmen Mullen vacated Stinney’s conviction. She ruled that he had not received a fair trial, as he was not effectively defended and his Sixth Amendment right had been violated. “No one can justify a 14-year-old child charged, tried, convicted and executed in some 80 days, in essence, not much was done for this child when his life lay in the balance.”

Of course family members of the dead children were not happy with the ruling. They said that although they acknowledge Stinney’s execution at the age of 14 is controversial, they never doubted his guilt. Binnicker’s niece alleges that, in the early 1990s, a police officer who had arrested Stinney had contacted her and said: “Don’t you ever believe that boy didn’t kill your aunt.” Is that the cop who said he confessed to him, but there is no signed confession document and what about the deathbed confession that was never followed up. Well that’s the story of George Stinney. Those racist @##!@@. Finally I have included a short powerful video on this sad episode in black history.

Ps.. We haven’t forgot you Adams.. you little johnson racist !@@##!


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