Emmett Till Murder Investigation Reopened Due to 'New Information'

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One year after the production of Timothy B. Tyson's, The Blood of Emmett Till, the federal investigation of the infamous murder of the 14-year-old black boy on account of two white men has been reopened.

The DOJ's move to reopen the case came after "receiving new information", it said in a report to Congress.

The reopening of her son's murder case comes 15 years too late for Mamie Till - who became active in the civil-rights movement following his death - she died in 2003.

The report to Congress in March was sent as part of an annual update to lawmakers made possible due to a law bearing Till's name.

A federal official says the renewed investigation of the killing of Emmett Till was prompted by a book published past year that includes a key figure's acknowledgement that she lied about the case.

Two white men - Donham's then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam - were charged with murder but acquitted in the slaying of Chicago teen Till, who had been staying with relatives in northern MS at the time. They both admitted to the murder in an interview with Look, but were never retried. The government has investigated 115 cases involving 128 victims under the "cold case" law named for Till, the report said. The FBI still conducted an inquiry, which included an exhumation of Emmett's body from an IL cemetery, for about two years to settle whether there were any state crimes that could still be prosecuted.

"None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation or impedes, but we are also very interested in justice being done", she told the outlet, declining to discuss specifics.

His body was later found in the Tallahatchie River, weighed down by a cotton gin. "Goddam you, I'm going to make an example of you - just so everybody can know how me and my folks stand.'" Both men are dead now.

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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.

Donham, then 21 and known as Carolyn Bryant, testified in 1955 as a prospective defence witness in the trial of Bryant and Milam. "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.

Despite the pleas of his MS family, Roy Bryant and Milam reportedly forced Emmett into their waiting vehicle and drove him down to the Tallahatchie River, where they reportedly forced the teen to carry a 75-pound cotton gin fan.

The book says a white woman acknowledged she wasn't truthful when she testified that the 14-year-old Till grabbed her and whistled at her in a store in 1955. Then, Bryant said, he used obscenities that she would not repeat in the courtroom.

Though a judge ruled Carolyn's testimony inadmissible in court, her husband and Milam were quickly acquitted.

"They could have made this announcement past year, but they saved it for a time they're in trouble about their racial politics", he said.

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him", she reportedly said during a 2008 interview.