“The Green Mile” is one of Hollywood’s most shocking films, which has made many cry and see things differently. What matters, however, is that this is a story based on true facts:
George Stinney Jr. was the youngest person sentenced to death in the 20th century in the United States.
He was only 14 when he was executed by electric chair.
During his trial, until the day of his
execution, he always carried a bible in his hands, claiming for innocence.
He was accused of killing two white girls, Betty of 11 years old and Mary of 7, the bodies were found near the house where the teenager resided with his parents.
At that time all the jurors were white.
The trial lasted only 2 hours and the sentence was handed down 10 minutes
The child’s parents were threatened and prevented from giving him gifts in the courtroom and then expelling them from that city.
Before the execution, George spent 81
days without being able to see his parents.
He was trapped in a solitary cell, 80 km from his city. He was heard alone without the presence of his parents or a lawyer.
He was electrocuted with 5,380 volts in the head.
70 years later, his innocence was finally proven by a judge in South Carolina. The beam with which the two girls were killed, weighed more than 19.07 kilograms. Therefore, it was impossible for Stinney to be able to lift it, let alone be able to hit hard enough to kill the two girls. The child was innocent, someone put everything together to blame him just for being black.
Stephen King was inspired by this case to write his book “The green mile”, which was taken to theaters in 1999.