Justice Department reopens investigation into 63-year-old murder of Emmett Till

Justice Department reopens investigation into 63-year-old murder of Emmett Till

The federal government has quietly revived its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose abduction and killing remains, nearly 63 years later, among the starkest and most searing examples of racial violence in the South.

The Justice Department told Congress in a March report that the case would be reopened based on "new information", although a cousin of the slain teen said she was not aware of the development until she was contacted by reporters, reported the Associated Press.

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.

Emmett Till's case is being reactivated after a 2017 book came out with quotes from Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. On Aug. 28, 1955, the woman's husband, Roy Bryant, and brother-in-law, J.W. Milam, kidnapped Till and killed him. They both admitted to the murder in an interview with Look, but were never retried.

Mississippi District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, whose circuit oversees the community in which Emmett was abducted, offered his opinion on the development.

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

"We don't want to talk to you", the man said before going back inside.

Relatives of Till who have tried to get the case reopened since the release of the book, are grateful for the newfound efforts.

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Donham, who turns 84 this month, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Justice Department last reviewed the Till case in 2004. 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 helped build momentum for subsequent civil rights campaigns. I don't know what's - we don't know.

Emmett Till, a Chicago native, was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, when he walked into a shop owned by Carolyn Donham, then Carolyn Bryant. An all-white jury freed her husband and the other man even without it.

Tyson said the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed him a year ago, and he turned over all research materials, including a memoir Donham wrote that he said would not be published until after her death.

"That part's not true", she told Tyson, referring to her claims that Till had grabbed her and made verbal advances, as Sheila Weller reports for Vanity Fair. 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.

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

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".

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