Justice Dept reopens investigation into Emmett Till’s lynching murder


You know, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has never really closed this case, and there's a 500-page report of the FBI's findings from 1955 certainly on - into the 1990s.

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

The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in MS shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.

"It's possible that the investigation will turn up something". "Chicago boy, ' I said, "I'm exhausted of 'em sending your kind down here to stir up trouble". 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. It didn't elaborate on the nature of the information, but the Washington Post reports that the key detail was contained in historian Timothy Tyson's 2017 book, The Blood of Emmett Till. "Only the powers that be know if there's anything", Parker told ABC7 Eyewitness News Thursday. The case was closed in 2007 after authorities said the suspects had died and the state grand jury didn't file any charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice is reopening the 63-year-old Emmett Till case after acquiring "new information" about the case. Citing "new information", the US Justice Department has reopened the investigation into Till's death.

It's unclear what new charges could result from a renewed investigation, said Tucker Carrington, a professor at the University of MS law school. Roy Bryant, Donham's husband at the time, and his half-brother J. W. Milam were acquitted of the murder, but later admitted to it inan interview with Look Magazine. Both are now dead.

Donham, who will be 84 this month, now lives in Raleigh, N.C. and declined comment to the AP. A man who came to the door at her residence declined to comment about the investigation.

"It's probably always an open case until all the parties have passed away", Richardson said, noting that if any relevant cases were to move forward, he and the district attorney of the area in which Emmett's body was found would decide who would prosecute it.

His murderers then strapped a 75-pound cotton gin fan to his neck with barbed wire so it would weigh him down when they tossed him in the Tallahatchie River.

Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, insisted that her son's disfigured body be displayed in an open-casket funeral.

Donham, then 21 and known as Carolyn Bryant, testified in 1955 as a prospective defense witness in the trial of Bryant and Milam. "He said, 'What's the matter baby, can't you take it?'" she testified.

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

The woman - Carolyn Bryant - reportedly told her husband and brother that Emmett had groped her, made crude remarks, and wolf-whistled at Carolyn.

A judge ruled the testimony inadmissible. The two men have since died.

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him", she said. He says he assumes his book helped prompt the renewed investigation of the black teen's brutal slaying.

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.

The 1955 murder of the black 14-year-old shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement. The men later confessed in a magazine interview but weren't retried; both are now dead.