Emmett Till Murder Investigation Reopened Because of 'New Evidence'

Sergio Cunningham
July 13, 2018

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

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

He had been mutilated, and his mother's decision to hold an open-casket funeral with his unrecognizable face on full display was instrumental in drawing attention to his case and has been credited with "reigniting a widespread passion for the Civil Rights Movement". How did Emmett Till's murder helped galvanize the civil rights movement?

Not even a month after the boy's body was pulled from the river, an all-white jury acquitted Carolyn Bryant's husband, Roy, and another man, J.W. Milam, of Emmett's murder, despite eyewitnesses identifying the defendants. The case was closed in 2007 after authorities said the suspects had died and the state grand jury didn't file any charges.

The DOJ's move to reopen the case came after "receiving new information", it said in a report to Congress.

Parker says the Justice Department hasn't told Till's family anything about the reopened investigation.

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TYSON: I think that it's a cynical political charade and utter hypocrisy for the Justice Department of Jeff Beauregard Sessions and Donald Trump to feign caring about a black child murdered in 1955 when they're holding children of color in cages, when they can't find a moral distinction between the Nazis and those who demonstrate against them, when Jeff Sessions has spent his whole career supporting restrictions on voting rights.

After Look Magazine published Bryant and Milam's confession, the two were rejected by friends and supporters around the country. Deborah Watts, a cousin of Till, said she was unaware the case had been reopened until contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Donham, who will be 84 this month, now lives in Raleigh, N.C. and declined comment to the AP.

"He said, 'How about a date, baby?'" she testified, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago. An all-white jury freed her husband and the other man even without it. Testimony indicated a woman might have been in a vehicle with Bryant and Milam when they abducted Till, but no one else was ever charged. She always wanted her son's name and what happened to him to never be forgotten.

With jurors out of the courtroom, she said a "nigger man" she didn't know took her by the arm.

Though a judge ruled Carolyn's testimony inadmissible in court, her husband and Milam were quickly acquitted. The report added that "b$3 ecause the matter is ongoing, the Department can provide no further information about the current investigation". Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam are both dead, and while Donham appears to have admitted to perjury, the statute of limitations on that crime has long passed. A MS jury acquitted the two men responsible for his murder, and then a while later they confessed to the killing in a magazine.

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