Emmett Till Murder Investigation Reopened 63 Years Later

DOJ reopens Emmett Till case after ‘new information’ arises report

Emmett Till Murder Investigation Reopened 63 Years Later

Emmett was kidnapped and killed days later, his body tethered to a cotton gin fan with barbed wire and then cast into a river.

No other information is known in regards to the reopening of the case. In an interview, Jones said the Till killing or any other case likely wouldn't be covered by this legislation if authorities were actively investigating.

Bryant told Tyson that she "felt tender sorrow" for Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who fought for civil rights and died in 2003.

Two white men were previously tried on murder charges and acquitted by all-white juries, but they're both dead.

With the main suspects long dead, the case had been closed since 2007.

After receiving a report in late March from the U.S. Justice Department with "new information", Congress has chose to further investigate the circumstances around his killing.

CHANG: What do you make of the Department of Justice reopening this investigation?

The Associated Press's Jay Reeves wrote, "A man who came to the door at [Carolyn's] residence declined to comment about the FBI reopening the investigation". In an interview with NBC, Deborah Watts, a cousin of Till and the co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, said "None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation or impedes, but we are also very interested in justice being done".

Tyson's 2017 book "The Blood of Emmett Till" quotes a white woman, Carolyn Donham, as saying during a 2008 interview that she wasn't truthful when she testified that the black teen grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances at a MS store six decades ago.

Bryant, whose name is now Carolyn Donham, is in her 80s and lives in North Carolina. "Only the powers that be know if there's anything", Parker told ABC7 Eyewitness News Thursday. 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.

Two men were charged with murder in connection to Till's death, but were acquitted. "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. However, decades later, Donham told Tyson that this part of her testimony was not true.

In his 2008 interview with the woman who alleged Till flirted with her, she said that nothing Till did "could ever justify what happened to him".

In her testimony at the murder trial, Bryant said that a "nigger man" grabbed her by the hand in her store and said to her, "How about a date, baby?" "Can't you take it?" she recalled his saying.

FILE - In this 1955 file photo, Carolyn Bryant poses for a photo.

A Justice Department report to Congress says the agency is reinvestigating Till's slaying after receiving what it calls "new information".

In this September 23, 1955, file photo, J.W. Milam, left, his wife, second left, Roy Bryant, far right, and his wife, Carolyn Bryant, sit together in a courtroom in Sumner, Miss. Two men who confessed to killing Emmett, only after they had been acquitted by an all-white jury in MS, are dead. Citing "new information", the U.S. Justice Department has reopened the investigation into Till's death.

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