60-Year-Old Child Murder Case In US Revived After New Leads


The Justice Department is reopening its investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till based on the discovery of what it calls new information.

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

It was revealed this week that federal investigators have reopened its investigation of the crime that helped build momentum for the civil rights movement.

The AP speculates that the re-opening of the case was likely prompted by the 2017 publication of The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson, which quoted one of the key figures in the case as saying that she had made false statements that lead to Till's murder.

During the summer of 1955 Emmett Till was visiting his family in MS when the Chicago teen encountered a white woman at a store who claimed he whistled at her and touched her inappropriately.

Two white men - Donham's then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half brother, J.W. Milam - were charged with murder but acquitted in the slaying of the Chicago teen, who had been staying with relatives in northern MS at the time.

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The two white men, who confessed to a magazine later that they had killed Emmett are now dead.

According to Biography, Till's mother Mamie Till had extraordinary success for a black woman in the 1920s and 30s, both with her schooling and her eventual career.

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". Relatives of Till pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen the case previous year after publication of the book.

The federal case regarding Till was closed in 2007 after the Justice Department had earlier concluded it could no longer prosecute the case and referred it to the district attorney in Mississippi. That's in the blood of Emmett Till.

Images of his mutilated body gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and inspired civil rights campaigns.

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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.

Weeks after murdering Till, Roy Bryant and Milam were acquitted after a jury deliberation that lasted just one hour.

Donham, however, would later testify that Till took hold of her wrist and asked for a date.

Donham, however, is still alive and admitted she lied about her encounter with Emmet. She always wanted her son's name and what happened to him to never be forgotten. She resisted and pulled away, but Till approached her and got her by the waist, she said.

The evidence, which was heard after jurors had been sent out, was ruled inadmissible by the judge.

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