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60-Year-Old Child Murder Case In US Revived After New Leads

13 July 2018, 05:13 | Myron Mathis

Justice Dept reopens investigation into Emmett Till’s lynching murder

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

Emmett's crime? He had been accused - we now know, falsely - of whistling and flirting with then-21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, who, along with her husband, owned a grocery store in Money, Mississippi.

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him", Donham said.

Whether any new charges stem from the renewed investigation remains to be seen.

"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 14-year-old Till, who was black, was lynched by a group of white men in MS after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in a shop. The Justice Department also declined to comment. Days later, the teen was kidnapped from him bedroom and beaten by white men. But Parker says the discussion likely occurred after the release of a book that raised questions about the Till case a year ago. Bryant said she pulled away, and moments later the young man "caught me at the cash register", grasping her around the waist with both hands and pulling her toward him.

The Justice Department declined to comment to AP about the investigation. He was unflappable; he wouldn't even "holler" when they pistol-whipped him - and that just couldn't stand, Milam said, according to a copy of the article archived by PBS. Murder and conspiracy charges can still be brought, however.

But he says too much time likely has passed to prosecute anyone for other crimes, such as lying to investigators or in court. Though white men J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant were ultimately acquitted by an all-white jury, they later confessed to brutally murdering Till in a Look magazine interview.

Back in March, the Justice Department told Congress in a report that it had chose to re-launch its investigation following "the discovery of new information". The book has gained national acclaim, picking up the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in May and making the long list for the National Book Award past year. Citing "new information", the U.S. Justice Department has reopened the investigation into Till's death. The two men have since died, in 1994 and 1981, respectively.

Richardson says it's not unusual for district attorneys to cooperate across district lines or for state and federal prosecutors to help local prosecutors.

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.

The Department of Justice has reopened its investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old whose vicious lynching and the subsequent acquittal of his killers became a flashpoint for the civil-rights movement.

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