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Emmett Till’s Murder Case May be Reopened

emmett till“The Department is currently assessing whether the newly revealed statement could warrant additional investigation” — Acting Assistant Attorney General T.E. Wheeler II

Nearly 62 years after Emmett Till’s death, justice officials are looking into reopening the murder case. The decision has come as a result of Carolyn Bryant Donham admitting that she lied when she accused him of “flirting” with her; a lie that was also told to the FBI. 

Acting Assistant Attorney General T.E. Wheeler II has stated in a letter written to U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., “The Department is currently assessing whether the newly revealed statement could warrant additional investigation. We caution, however, that even with our best efforts, investigations into historic cases are exceptionally difficult, and there may be insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers to bringing federal charges against any remaining living persons.”

Till was just 14 years old when Donham, then married to Roy Bryant, accused him of “whistling” at her. Though she did not repeat the lie to her husband, he found out a few days later from a customer at the store.  On Aug. 28, 1955, Bryant, along with his half-brother, J.W. Milam, abducted Till from his uncle’s home. He was found three days later floating in the Tallahatchie River, badly beaten and shot in the head.

By: Danielle Dixon

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