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08-Jun-2016 13:50

The youngest persons known to have been executed were three 12-year-old convicted murderers: Hannah Ocuish, a Native American girl, who was hanged at New London, Conn., on Dec.20, 1786; Clem, a slave, who was hanged at Sussex, Va., on May 11, 1787, and Bill, another slave, who was hanged in Woodford County, Va., on July 30, 1791.

Shaw was an adult, 22 at the time of the crime, who had served with honor in the Army until he turned to alcohol and drugs to escape the stress caused by the failure of a disastrous marriage. The trial judge noted three aggravating circumstances in the murder--rape, kidnaping and robbery--in the report that he filed with his judgment and sentence for review by the higher courts as required by South Carolina law.

But he also noted no fewer than six mitigating circumstances: Roach had no prior record of violence, he was under extreme emotional stress or disorder at the time of the murders, he was under the duress or domination of another person (presumably the older, more experienced Shaw), his capacity to appreciate the enormity of his actions and to comply with the requirements of the law was substantially impaired, his mentality, and the fact that he was under 18 at the time of the crime.

Even though the judge found twice as many mitigating as aggravating circumstances, he nonetheless sentenced this boy to die.

The child was so small that the guards had difficulty in strapping his body into a chair that had been designed for adult offenders.

Most of us probably prefer to think that the state-sanctioned killings of persons of such tender years belongs to the remote past, even as do executions for witchcraft. When Joe Persons was hanged at Jackson, Ga., on Sept.

Shaw was an adult, 22 at the time of the crime, who had served with honor in the Army until he turned to alcohol and drugs to escape the stress caused by the failure of a disastrous marriage. The trial judge noted three aggravating circumstances in the murder--rape, kidnaping and robbery--in the report that he filed with his judgment and sentence for review by the higher courts as required by South Carolina law.

But he also noted no fewer than six mitigating circumstances: Roach had no prior record of violence, he was under extreme emotional stress or disorder at the time of the murders, he was under the duress or domination of another person (presumably the older, more experienced Shaw), his capacity to appreciate the enormity of his actions and to comply with the requirements of the law was substantially impaired, his mentality, and the fact that he was under 18 at the time of the crime.

Even though the judge found twice as many mitigating as aggravating circumstances, he nonetheless sentenced this boy to die.

The child was so small that the guards had difficulty in strapping his body into a chair that had been designed for adult offenders.

Most of us probably prefer to think that the state-sanctioned killings of persons of such tender years belongs to the remote past, even as do executions for witchcraft. When Joe Persons was hanged at Jackson, Ga., on Sept.

24, 1915, contemporary newspaper accounts estimated his age as being "from 12 to 15," but the same accounts, saying that he weighed only 65 pounds, would indicate that he was nearer the former than the latter age.