Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

US Reopens Investigation Into 63-Year-Old Murder of Emmett Till

US Reopens Investigation Into 63-Year-Old Murder of Emmett Till

The federal government has reopened its inquiry into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy, whose brutal killing in MS in 1955 sent shockwaves across the world.

In a report submitted to Congress, the Department of Justice said the revived interest into the 1955 slaying was "based upon the discovery of new information".

Emmett Till was 14 years old when he visited family in the Mississippi Delta during the summer of 1955.

The federal report is sent annually to lawmakers under legislation bearing Till's name, and this year's report does not describe the new information that triggered the additional investigation.

But the 2017 book "The Blood of Emmett Till", 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 MS store in 1955.

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Emmett, a 14-year-old Chicago boy visiting family in MS in 1955, was brutally murdered after reportedly flirting with a white woman in a country store.

During an interview with Look magazine in 1956, the two men reportedly confessed to the killing.

District Attorney Dewayne Richardson declined comment Thursday on any role he might have in the case. His mother, Mamie Till Mobley, had his casket left open.

"She was glad things had changed (and she) thought the old system of white supremacy was wrong, though she had more or less taken it as normal at the time", Tyson told the magazine.

In her testimony at the murder trial, Bryant said that a "nigger man" grabbed her by the hand in her store and said to her, "How about a date, baby?"

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No other information is known in regards to the reopening of the case.

The AP report said a cousin of Till's, Deborah Watts, was not aware that the murder case was reopened. The department declined to comment on the matter.

Donham, however, is still alive and will turn 84 this month. The FBI still conducted an inquiry, which included an exhumation of Emmett's body from an IL cemetery, for about two years to settle whether there were any state crimes that could still be prosecuted.

Emmett Till, a Chicago native, was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, when he walked into a shop owned by Carolyn Donham, then Carolyn Bryant. The two white men who were put on trial for the murder were acquitted by an all-white jury, and the case was ultimately closed in 2007.

Carolyn Donham claimed Till had accosted her, but told author Timothy B Tyson it was untrue. Those quotes say she wasn't truthful when she testified that Till grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances. She resisted and pulled away, but Till approached her and got her by the waist, she said. Donham told Tyson that "nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him". I don't know what's - we don't know.

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