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Behind the Wall introduces listeners to South Carolina’s hellish Central Correctional Institution, at one time to the state’s Death Row and where Charles Wakefield spent years of his life. For more, read the show notes or listen to the episode above.


BEHIND THE WALL

South Carolina built Central Correctional Institution in 1867. In 1912, the state installed the electric chair in the CCI Death House. More than 200 condemned inmates died there. Over the years it operated, CCI housed 80,000 prisoners and averaged a stabbing every ten days. The state has since demolished the prison, and developers have built luxury townhomes in its place.

GEORGE STINNEY, JR.

George Stinney, Jr. was the youngest person convicted and sentenced to death. He was 14 years old when South Carolina convicted him of killing two white girls. The state executed him in June of 1944 less than 90 days after the crime. In 2014, a judge ruled Stinney had not received a fair trial.

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Pee Wee Gaskins

Serial killer Donald “Pee Wee” Gaskins served time at CCI in the 1970s and 1980s. He claimed to have killed more than 100 people.

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Show notes:

Behind the Wall introduces listeners to South Carolina’s most notorious prison, Central Correctional Institution (CCI).

CCI was built in 1867 and housed 80,000 prisoners over the course of more than 120 years in operation, including Charles Wakefield, Jr.

In this episode, Charles Wakefield offers an in-depth description of life behind The Wall and the time he spent on Death Row.

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