The murder investigation of 14-year-old Emmett Till has been reopened based on “new information,” according to a US Justice Department report to Congress. However, the department declined to comment on the matter.
Hopefully you are familiar with who Emmett Till is, but if you aren’t, I will give you a quick history lesson on this 14 year old young man who was murdered back in 1955. A white woman named Carolyn Bryant FALSELY accused Emmett of making gestures and flirting with her. Emmett was only in the area visiting a family member. A few days later, Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and half brother J.W. Milam woke him up out his sleep and ordered him into their pick up truck. They beat him unrecognizable and shot him in the head. Then they tied a 75 pound weight to his neck with barbed wired and threw him in the Tallahatchie River. After pulling his body from the river a couple weeks later, an all-white jury acquitted Bryant & Milam of Emmett’s murder, even though eyewitnesses identified the defendants andthe men even confessed to kidnapping the teen. Testifying for the defense, Carolyn Bryant offered incendiary testimony accusing Emmett of grabbing and verbally threatening her. Deliberations took barely an hour, with one juror claiming the acquittal could’ve come sooner had they not stopped to have a soda.
“THEY ACTUALLY CONFESSED”
Roy Bryant & J.W. Milam told a reporter the following year how they killed Emmett and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie, but because of double jeopardy laws, they couldn’t be tried again. In January 1956, Look magazine article, titled, “The shocking story of approved killing in Mississippi,”
Bryant and Milam said they went looking for the “Chicago boy” with the initial intent of scaring him and putting him in his place. But because of some of the things Emmett said to them, they decided they were going to make an example out of him, and they told the whole story.
HIS BODY WAS UNRECOGNIZABLE … BUT HIS MOTHER DEMANDED FOR THE CASKET TO STAY OPEN!