Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Emmett Till Murder Investigation Re-Opened By Federal Government

Emmett Till Murder Investigation Re-Opened By Federal Government

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.

The author of a book that included new revelations about the killing of Emmett Till says he shared all of his research materials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation previous year. However, in 2007 she spoke with author Timothy Tyson, who published the book The Blood of Emmitt Till. In the book, Carolyn Bryant Donham, the white woman who initially accused Till of sexual harassment, admits to lying in her testimony and goes on record saying, "Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him".

The decision follows the publication last year of a book called The Blood Of Emmett Till, in which the woman admitted being untruthful when she gave evidence against the 14-year-old.

A potential witness in the slaying of black teenager Emmett Till says he's talked with law enforcement about the case in recent months. Days later, the teen was kidnapped from him bedroom and beaten by white men.

"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 prosecutor with jurisdiction over the MS community where Till was abducted, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, declined to comment on whether federal authorities had given him new information since they reopened the investigation. It is not clear, though, whether the government will be able to bring charges against anyone. Her husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, later snatched Till from his bed in the middle of the night.

"The Till case has been re-opened by DOJ based upon the discovery of new information", the department said in March. 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.

A MS prosecutor declined comment Thursday on whether federal authorities had given him new information since they reopened the probe.

Mississippi District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, whose circuit oversees the community in which Emmett was abducted, offered his opinion on the development. But he says it's always open until everyone involved has died.

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 U.S. Department of Justice is reopening the 63-year-old Emmett Till case after acquiring "new information" about the case. The report added that "b$3 ecause the matter is ongoing, the Department can provide no further information about the current investigation". But it was issued in March following the publication previous year of "The Blood of Emmett Till". Donham, then 21 years old and known as Carolyn Bryant, testified in 1955 as a prospective defense witness in the trial of Bryant and Milam. 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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