Radio Diaries: The Case Of Willie McGee

May 7, 2018

In 1945, Willie McGee was accused of raping a white woman in Laurel, Mississippi. An all-white jury found McGee guilty and sentenced him to death in less than three minutes.

McGee's case played out in three trials over the following six years and sparked international protests and appeals from Albert Einstein, William Faulkner and Josephine Baker.

McGee was executed by electrocution in 1951.


Joe Richman is the founder and executive producer of Radio Diaries. He traveled to Mississippi with Bridgette McGee-Robinson, McGee’s granddaughter, to learn more about McGee's history.

Richman is in Atlanta for the Radiotopia Live East Coast Tour. He will be at Center Stage in Atlanta on Monday, May 7 at 8 p.m. to talk about the stories he's uncovered on his podcast.