Federal Gov't Probing 'New Information' In Emmett Till Slaying

Federal Gov't Probing 'New Information' In Emmett Till Slaying

The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, barbarous even in an era in which blacks in the South were subjected to untold viciousness, has been reopened, according to a US Justice Department report to Congress.

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.

The 1955 slaying was listed in a March report among "activities" the department was pursuing under the 2007 unsolved civil rights crime act that bears Emmett's name.

A year ago in his book "The Blood Of Emmett Till", researcher Timothy Tyson disclosed that the white woman who accused Till had told him that her story was not true.

While researching his 2017 book, "The Blood of Emmett Till", Timothy Tyson interviewed Carolyn Bryant, the white woman who said Till sexually assaulted her while she was working at a grocery store in Mississippi. That night, her then-husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother John Milam kidnapped Till from his relatives' house before torturing and killing him. They both admitted to the murder in an interview with Look, but were never retried.

District Attorney Dewayne Richardson declined comment Thursday on any role he might have in the case. Against advice, she demanded that his funeral be open casket.

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".

Donham, who will be 84 this month, now lives in Raleigh, N.C. and declined comment to the AP. The FBI still conducted an inquiry, which included an exhumation of Emmett's body from an IL cemetery, for about two years to settle whether there were any state crimes that could still be prosecuted.


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

Emmett Till, a Chicago native, was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, when he walked into a shop owned by Carolyn Donham, then Carolyn Bryant.

"We don't know anything".

Emmett Till was found dead at the age of 14 after allegedly flirting with a white woman.

The Duke University scholar says he shared materials including recordings of 2008 interviews with a white woman, Carolyn Donham, acknowledging that she wasn't truthful when she testified that Till made sexual advances at a MS store in 1955. She resisted and pulled away, but Till approached her and got her by the waist, she said. An all-white jury acquitted the men who were accused of murdering Till.

Though a judge ruled Carolyn's testimony inadmissible in court, her husband and Milam were quickly acquitted.

Donham, who spoke to Tyson for his book, acknowledged in a 2008 interview that the allegations he'd grabbed her and had been sexually crude were not true.

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