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An Undying Mystery

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.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Chapter Five: Divided past, shared future

Despite racial wounds, Alcolu residents unite to preserve memories of a bygone heyday. Written by Deanna Pan and Jennifer Berry Hawes. Read by Glenn Smith. Produced and engineered by J Emory Parker.

12mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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Chapter Four: Whodunit?

New details emerge about an alternate suspect in Alcolu girls' murders. Written by Deanna Pan and Jennifer Berry Hawes. Read by Glenn Smith. Produced and engineered by J Emory Parker.

17mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Chapter Three: Righting injustice

For 70 years, history blamed George Stinney Jr. for the murders of two white girls. But attorneys who dusted off the case discovered disturbing flaws in the evidence used to execute the child. Written by Deanna Pan and Jennifer Berry Hawes. Read by Glenn Smith. Produced and engineered by J Emory Parker.

12mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Chapter Two: Re-examining history

George Stinney Jr. was a depraved child-killer to his executioners and an unrepentant predator in the press. Until new evidence revealed he probably wasn’t.

12mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Chapter One: Crime & punishment

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. Written by Deanna Pan and Jennifer Berry Hawes. Read by Glenn Smith. Produced and engineered by J Emory Parker.

14mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #5