Emmett Till Murder Investigation Re-Opened By Federal Government

Till a 14-year-old black Chicago boy who was kidnapped tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The federal government has reopened its investigation into

The U.S. Justice Department has reopened the case of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black teen who was reportedly brutally murdered by two white males in MS in 1955.

The report to Congress in March was sent as part of an annual update to lawmakers made possible due to a law bearing Till's name.

The report doesn't indicate what the new information might be. The Justice Department also declined to comment. The government hasn't specified if any new charges will be added, or if the prosecution will bring a case to anyone involved. The act paves the way for the department to "expeditiously investigate" unsolved pre-1980 civil rights murders.

Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago, was visiting relatives in rural MS when he was accused of whistling and making sexual advances at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant. 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 Till, who had been staying with relatives in northern MS at the time.

A MS prosecutor declined comment Thursday on whether federal authorities had given him new information since they reopened the probe. They later admitted to a magazine they had killed Till. "We're happy to have that be the case so that ultimately or finally someone can be held responsible for his murder", said Johnson, who leads the Cold Case Justice Initiative at Syracuse University. Although it has not been confirmed by the Justice Department, her confession is most likely the new evidence that was cited when the case was reopened. Only one resulted in in a federal conviction since the act became law, that of Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale for kidnapping two black teenagers, Charles Moore and Henry Dee, who were killed in MS in 1964. That's in the blood of Emmett Till. They beat him, tortured him, and threw his body into the Tallahatchie River with the fan of a cotton gin tied to his neck with barbed wire. But Parker says the discussion likely occurred after the release of a book that raised questions about the Till case past year. Against advice, she demanded that his funeral be open casket.

Images of his mutilated body gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and inspired civil rights campaigns. But if something's out there, we want to know it, you know?

"He said, 'How about a date, baby?'" she testified, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago. Deliberations barely took an hour, and one juror claimed the acquittal could've come sooner had they not stopped to have a soda. However, decades later, Donham told Tyson that this part of her testimony was not true.

Two white men were tried and acquitted by all-white juries after Till's brutal slaying 63 years ago.

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?" When Donham had testified in the Till case she said that the teen Till grabbed her and verbally threatened her.



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