Emmett Till Murder Investigation Reopened Due to 'New Information'

Emmett Till Murder Investigation Reopened Due to 'New Information'

In last year's The Blood of Emmett Till, however, it was discovered that Carolyn Donham had lied when she testified that Emmett Till harassed her with "verbal and physical advances" at a store in MS in 1955. "Only the powers that be know if there's anything", Parker told ABC7 Eyewitness News Thursday.

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A federal official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that information in the 2017 book was what led federal investigators to re-examine the case.

Till's murder (and his ensuing public funeral, in which thousands of people came to view his disfigured body as a representation of the hate crime) came to be a cataclysmic moment for the civil rights movement in the nation at the time. Subsequently, Emmett was abducted and was killed after a few days, with his mutilated body tied to a cotton gin fan along with a barbed wire thrown into a river.

Donham's then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, were charged with the murder but acquitted by an all-white jury.

Emmett's mother demanded that her son's body be returned to Chicago, where he was put on public display for a viewing.

Bryant, whose name is now Carolyn Donham, is in her 80s and lives in North Carolina.

Images of the child's brutalized body in a casket were widely shared at the time, shining a light on racial hatred in the Deep South and invigorating the civil rights movement. A MS jury acquitted the two men responsible for his murder, and then a while later they confessed to the killing in a magazine.

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Emmett Till, a Chicago native, was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, when he walked into a shop owned by Carolyn Donham, then Carolyn Bryant. According to the AP, she also stated that Till used an obscenity when speaking to her. "Just what did he say when he grabbed your hand?" defense attorney Sidney Carlton asked, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago.

The jurists deliberated for less than an hour and went on to issue a "not guilty" verdict, acquitting the two men in Emmett's slaying.

"He said, 'How about a date, baby?'" she testified, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago.

"She was glad things had changed (and she) thought the old system of white supremacy was wrong, though she had more or less taken it as normal at the time", Tyson told the magazine.

"That part's not true", she said.

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him", Donham says in the book.

"They could have made this announcement a year ago, but they saved it for a time they're in trouble about their racial politics", he said. "You'd have to leave it to the judgment of some of the law enforcement agencies that are involved or the commission that would be created" to consider materials for release, Jones said.

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