On 24 March 1944, George Stinney Jr, a 14-year-old illiterate boy, murdered two young girls. Betty June Binnicker and Mary Emma Thames’ skull had been smashed with a railroad spike. The tiny community of Alcolu in Clarendon County, South Carolina, was stunned. Stinney had been seen with the girls and, after and hours questioning, he confessed to the crime under interrogation. Since he had already confessed, his trial was only a formality; under South Carolina law Stinney was considered an adult, and the jury took just 10 minutes to decide on his guilt. On 16 June 1944 Stinney became the youngest person to die in the electric chair. Standing at 5’1” and weighing just over 90 pounds, he was small for his height. The adult-sized face-mask was too large for Stinney and while being executed it slipped off, revealing his convulsing face to the witnesses.