Emmett Till Murder Investigation Reopened 63 Years Later

Till a 14-year-old black Chicago boy who was kidnapped tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi

Till a 14-year-old black Chicago boy who was kidnapped tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi

The Department of Justice is reopening the investigation into the death of Emmett Till, a black teenager whose death helped inspire the Civil Rights movement.

That's the murder of then 14-year-old Emmett Till.

In a book published past year, researcher Timothy B. Tyson reported that the woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham said that her story was not true and did not remember the sequence of events clearly. In The Blood of Emmett Till, it was found that Carolyn Donham had lied when she affirmed that Till bothered her with "verbal and physical advances" at a store in MS in 1955.

The woman's husband, Roy Bryant, and J.W. Milam were charged with Till's murder, but the two white men were later acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury. A MS jury acquitted the two men responsible for his murder, and then a while later they confessed to the killing in a magazine.

District Attorney Dewayne Richardson declined comment Thursday on any role he might have in the case.

Mamie Till, Emmett's mother brought national attention to her son's murder by having an open casket at the funeral showcasing his mangled body. In court, but without jurors present, she claimed that Emmett had made physical contact with her and spoken in crude, sexual language.

Ms Bryant also said he told her "you don't need to be afraid of me", alleging he used an obscenity and mentioning something he had done "with white women before".

Now, the Department of Justice is re-opening an investigation into Till's death.

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According to the Associated Press, Carolyn Bryant - who will turn 84 years old this month and goes by Carolyn Donham - lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

It is not clear from the report what that information might be, but relatives of Till asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen the case after the book was published.

Tyson, senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies, published "The Blood of Emmett Till" previous year, shedding new light on the 1955 lynching. Images of his mutilated body gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and helped build momentum for subsequent civil rights campaigns.

Emmett Till, a Chicago native, was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, when he walked into a shop owned by Carolyn Donham, then Carolyn Bryant. The two men have since died, in 1994 and 1981, respectively.

Tyson quotes a 2008 interview with Donham in his book, acknowledging that she lied during her testimony.

"We don't know anything". When Donham had testified in the Till case she said that the teen Till grabbed her and verbally threatened her. She resisted and pulled away, but Till approached her and got her by the waist, she said.

Timothy Tyson said at a news conference Thursday that he was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation several weeks after his book came out in January 2017.

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