A chance encounter in 1944 brings 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. into brief contact with two white girls. It seems so innocuous. Yet, an enduring mystery is born in the moments the girls walk away.
An Undying Mystery: George Stinney
In 1944, George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina at age 14. He was accused of bludgeoning two white girls to death and convicted by an all-white jury in a matter of minutes. Now, more than 70 years later, new evidence suggests someone else may have committed the murders. The Post and Courier explores this haunting tale that still plagues the small town of Alcolu.
At 7:30 a.m. on June 16, 1944, inmate No. 260, dressed in a loose-fitting striped jumpsuit, was escorted to the little brick death house at the state penitentiary in Columbia, a Bible tucked under his arm.
Attorneys fighting to overturn George Stinney Jr.’s 70-year-old murder conviction knew that time and legal precedent worked against them in what seemed like a hopelessly cold case.
Attorney Matt Burgess clutched the judge’s order in his hand, a phone pressed to his ear, as he waited for Amie Ruffner to pick up the call some 600 miles away.
Shortly before a judge threw out George Stinney Jr.'s murder conviction, several men gathered along a four-lane highway that cuts through Alcolu. Their mission: Install a memorial to George in the form of a tombstone planted in a black man's front yard.
- Breaking up South Carolina's biggest high school won't be easy
- Holly Hill man caught smuggling up to $400,000 in turtles from Hong Kong
- Democratic nominee for South Carolina governor parts ways with campaign manager
- 5 exceptional Charleston area restaurants that nobody seems to know about
- Retail center planned for Mount Pleasant; restaurants coming to Charleston area
- Vote on Charleston's slavery apology reveals just how divided City Council is on race
- It's official: Charleston apologizes for its role in slavery
- James Island mayor's words drip with venom, commissioners say
- Isle of Palms police change policy after moped crash prompts $750K settlement
- In SC, pregnant girls as young as 12 can marry. There've been 7,000 child brides in 20 years.
- Volvo unveils new S60 sedan at SC plant
- Republican gubernatorial debate between Governor Henry McMaster and John Warren
- Uncork, Charleston's latest wine bar, is now open
- Weaving around the obstacles on the way to opening
- Blackbaud opens new world headquarters on Daniel Island
- Mother Emanuel AME Church anniversary of church shooting
- Nine Charleston firefighters remembered at 11th anniversary service
- Charleston Scene's Bubbles and Brews at Frothy Beard Brewing Company
- Reader photos: Downtown After Dark
- James Island Yacht Club Regatta 2018