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63 years LATE! History making brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 Mississippi has been reopened, a year after Carolyn Bryant, the woman who accused him of ‘sexually threatening her’ admitted that she lied

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Investigation of Emmett Till’s brutal murder has been reopened by feds, one year after the woman who accused him of sexually molestation  admitted she lied about their interaction
Emmett Till, 14, from Chicago, was visiting relatives  when he was brutally murdered in 1955 for ‘whistling at a white woman’ in Money, Mississippi
The teen was abducted from the home where he was staying, beaten and shot,- his mutilated body was found weighted down with a cotton gin fan in the Tallahatchie River
Till’s accuser Carolyn Bryant, then 21, White,  married and a mother-of-two , originally said Till grabbed her and sexually threatened her
Now 84, Bryant admitted to a writer in 2017, that she lied about the nature if her encounter with the black teen at a Mississippi store – the book hit the stands last year
The government has now reopened its investigation into his death  – The decision likely influenced by the book “The Blood of Emmett,” published in 2017
The accuser’s husband, Roy Bryant, was one of the two men who killed Till,  he and his half-brother, John W. Tillman were acquitted by an all white jury in 1955 Mississippi
The two men admitted in a magazine interview that they killed Till, just months after their trial – with no consequence
The Black Till’s death shocked the nation and helped galvanize the civil rights movement
Emmett Till and the book that has reopened investigation into his death.pngIt is believed that the decision to reopen investigation into the 1955 killing of Emmett Till [left], was likely influenced by a book published last year [right], in which his accuser, Carol Bryant, admits she lied about the interaction

The federal government has reopened its investigation into the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old who was killed in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 after a white woman alleged he had grabbed her and sexually threatened her

The federal government has reopened its investigation into the brutal slaying of black teenager Emmett Till, 63 years after the black teenager’s death in Mississippi.
The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March it is reinvestigating Till’s slaying in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 after receiving ‘new information’.
The case was closed in 2007 with authorities saying the suspects were dead; a state grand jury didn’t file any new charges.
Deborah Watts, a cousin of Till, said she was unaware the case had been reopened until contacted by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The federal report, sent annually to lawmakers under a law that bears Till’s name, does not indicate what the new information might be.
But it was issued in late March following the publication last year of ‘The Blood of Emmett Till,’ a book that says a key figure in the case acknowledged lying about events preceding the slaying of the 14-year-old youth from Chicago.
The book, by Timothy B Tyson, quotes a white woman, Carolyn Donham, as acknowledging during a 2008 interview that she wasn’t truthful when she testified that Till grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances at a store in 1955.

Carolyn Bryant 1.pngLiar, liar!! Till’s accuser Carolyn Bryant, now Carolyn Donham, [as a 21-year-old in 1955 photo], admitted that she lied about the encounter in a book published last year. She is now 84

Two white men, Donham’s then-husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother John W Milam – were charged with murder but acquitted in the slaying of Till.
The Chicago born youth was visiting relatives in northern Mississippi at the time.
The men later confessed to the crime in a magazine interview, but weren’t retried. Both are now dead.
Donham, who turns 84 this month, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Paula Johnson, co-director of an academic group that reviews unsolved civil rights slayings, said she can’t think of anything other than Tyson’s book that could have prompted the Justice Department to reopen the Till investigation.
The decision to reopen was likely influenced by a book published last year (above) in which Bryant admits she lied about the interaction.
‘We’re happy to have that be the case so that ultimately or finally someone can be held responsible for his murder,’ said Johnson, who leads the Cold Case Justice Initiative at Syracuse University.
Watts, Till’s cousin and co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, said it’s ‘wonderful’ that the killing is getting another look.
‘None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation or impedes, but we are also very interested in justice being done,’ she said, declining going into details.
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Self confessed killers of Emmett Till, Carolyn's then-husband Roy Bryant, [left], and his half-brother John W Milam, [right].pngSelf-confessed killers of Emmett Till, Carolyn’s then-husband Roy Bryant, [left], and his half-brother John W Milam, [right], were freed by an all-White  Mississippi jury in 1955

Abducted from the home where he was staying, Till was beaten and shot, and his mutilated body was found weighted down with a cotton gin fan in the Tallahatchie River
Images of his mutilated body in the casket gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and helped build momentum for subsequent civil rights campaigns.
Relatives of Till pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen the case last year following publication of the book.
Donham, then known as Carolyn Bryant and 21 years old at the time, testified in 1955 as a prospective defense witness in the trial of Bryant and Milam. With jurors out of the courtroom, she said a ‘n****r man’ she didn’t know took her by the arm.
‘Just what did he say when he grabbed your hand?’ defense attorney Sidney Carlton asked, according to a trial transcript released by the FBI a decade ago.
‘He said: “How about a date, baby?”‘ she testified. Bryant said she pulled away, and moments later the young man ‘caught me at the cash register,’ grasping her around the waist with both hands and pulling her toward him.
‘He said: “What’s the matter baby, can’t you take it?”‘ she testified. Bryant also said he told her ‘you don’t need to be afraid of me’, claiming that he used an obscenity and mentioned something he had done ‘with white women before’.

Roy Bryant sits with his family at the Tallahatchie County Courthouse in 1955.pngDefendant Roy Bryant sits with wife Carol and their children at the Tallahatchie County Courthouse, Mississippi during the trial in 1955. He and his brother walked on all charges, although they later admitted they killed the black teenager

A judge ruled the testimony inadmissible. An all-white jury freed her husband and the other man even without it.
Testimony indicated a woman might have been in a car with Bryant and Milam when they abducted Till, but no one else was ever charged.
In the book, author Tyson wrote that Donham told him her testimony about Till accosting her wasn’t true: “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” the book quotes her as saying.
ASenator Doug Jones {D-Alabama], this week introduced legislation that would make the government release information about unsolved civil rights killings.
Hoewever Jones has said the Till killing or any other case likely wouldn’t be covered by this legislation if authorities were actively investigating.
‘You’d have to leave it to the judgment of some of law enforcement agencies that are involved or the commission that would be created’ to consider materials for release, Jones said.

 

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