DOJ reopens Emmett Till case after ‘new information’ arises

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 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.

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". Although a jury did not even hear Carolyn's words, the court spectators put her words on the record, which led to the jury acquitting the murderers of the 14-year-old boy.

The renewed investigation was first revealed in a recent federal report, which didn't specify what new information investigators were acting on. Previous 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.

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.

The woman's husband, Roy Bryant, and J.W. Milam were charged with Till's murder, but the two white men were later acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury.

The men later confessed to killing the boy in a magazine interview but weren't retried, and both men are now dead.

It is not clear from the report what that information might be, but relatives of Till asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen the case after the book was published.

Bryant, whose name is now Carolyn Donham, is in her 80s and lives in North Carolina. His mutilated body was later found tied to a cotton gin with barbed wire in a river.

Emmett's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, was horrified to see the state of her son's body when it was returned to her.

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"We're talking 63 years of hoping that there would be justice for Emmett", Deborah Watts said.

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

During the trial of Roy Bryant and Milam, Carolyn Bryant was brought as a potential witness for the defense.

"He said, 'How about a date, baby?'" she testified, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago. Her testimony claims that Till had done an "unprintable word" to "white women before".

Moments after pulling away, she said the teenager "caught me at the cash register", grasped her around the waist with both hands and pulled her towards him.

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

Paula Johnson, co-director of an academic group that reviews unsolved civil rights slayings, said she can't think of anything other than Tyson's book that could have prompted the Justice Department to reopen the Till investigation. When discussing Emmett's supposed verbal and physical advances, she told Tyson, "That part's not true", according to the author of "The Blood of Emmett Till".

A judge ruled the testimony inadmissible.

Till's cousin, Wheeler Parker, said Thursday he's "pretty sure" an investigator asked him about what happened in a MS store the day Till whistled at a white woman before his slaying in 1955.

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