Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Federal Gov't Probing 'New Information' In Emmett Till Slaying

Federal Gov't Probing 'New Information' In Emmett Till Slaying

Days later he was kidnapped, brutally beaten shot, then thrown into the Tallahatchie River.

A MS prosecutor declined comment Thursday on whether federal authorities had given him new information since they reopened the probe. Still, he said investigators may be able to link it to other material in their possession. Against advice, she demanded that his funeral be open casket. But it was issued in late March after the publication last year of "The Blood of Emmett Till", a book that says a key figure in the case acknowledged lying about events preceding the slaying of the 14-year-old youth from Chicago.

An all-white jury later acquitted Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, the two men responsible for his murder.

A federal report sent annually to lawmakers under a law that bears Till's name said the Justice Department is reinvestigating Till's slaying in MS after receiving "new information".

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.

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Deborah Watts, co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, said it's wonderful her cousin's killing is getting another look but declined to discuss details, saying: "None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation". Past year in his book "The Blood Of Emmett Till", researcher Timothy Tyson disclosed that the white woman who accused Till had told him that her story was not true.

According to the Associated Press, Carolyn Bryant - who will turn 84 years old this month and goes by Carolyn Donham - lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. "Only the powers that be know if there's anything", Parker told ABC7 Eyewitness News Thursday.

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

Donham, then 21 and known as Carolyn Bryant, testified in 1955 as a prospective defence witness in the trial of Bryant and Milam. "Can't you take it?" she recalled his saying. "Just what did he say when he grabbed your hand?" defense attorney Sidney Carlton asked, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago.

Ms Bryant also said he told her "you don't need to be afraid of me", alleging he used an obscenity and mentioning something he had done "with white women before". She always wanted her son's name and what happened to him to never be forgotten.

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

FILE - In this 1955 file photo, Carolyn Bryant poses for a photo.

In it, the department said it had revived the probe but could give no additional information because the matter was ongoing.

Both men later confessed in a magazine interview but have since died, AP reported.

FILE - In this September 23, 1955, file photo, J.W. Milam, left, his wife, second left, Roy Bryant, far right, and his wife, Carolyn Bryant, sit together in a courtroom in Sumner, Miss. Citing "new information", the U.S. Justice Department has reopened the investigation into Till's death.

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