Emmett Till Murder Investigation Reopened Due to 'New Information'

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

His murderers then strapped a 75-pound cotton gin fan to his neck with barbed wire so it would weigh him down when they tossed him in the Tallahatchie River.

A MS prosecutor isn't saying whether federal authorities have given him any new information since they reopened an investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till in 1955. Still, he said investigators may be able to link it to other material in their possession.

Mamie Till, Emmett's mother brought national attention to her son's murder by having an open casket at the funeral showcasing his mangled body.

The 1955 slaying was listed in a March report among "activities" the department was pursuing under the 2007 unsolved civil rights crime act that bears Emmett's name. On Aug. 28, 1955, the woman's husband, Roy Bryant, and brother-in-law, J.W. Milam, kidnapped Till and killed him. A grand jury in the southern USA state declined to issue new charges, the department said.

The Justice Department said its renewed inquiry, which it described in a report submitted to Congress in late March, was "based upon the discovery of new information".

The Justice Department last reviewed the Till case in 2004.

Deborah Watts, co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, said it's wonderful her cousin's killing is getting another look but declined to discuss details, saying: "None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation".

Tyson's 2017 book "The Blood of Emmett Till" quotes a white woman, Carolyn Donham, as saying during a 2008 interview that she wasn't truthful when she testified that the black teen grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances at a MS store six decades ago. "Only the powers that be know if there's anything", Parker told ABC7 Eyewitness News Thursday.

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Donham, however, is still alive and will turn 84 this month. "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.

"Deliberations took barely an hour, with one juror claiming the acquittal could've come sooner had they not stopped to have a soda", CNN reports.

In her testimony at the murder trial, Bryant said that a "nigger man" grabbed her by the hand in her store and said to her, "How about a date, baby?"

According to History, author Tim Tyson - who wrote 2017's "The Blood of Emmett Till" - wrote that Carolyn Bryant later recanted her testimony, and said that young Emmett had never touched, harassed, or threatened her at all.

Tyson told Vanity Fair that Donham approached him because she is writing her own memoirs. Nobody - to me, the fact that Carolyn Bryant lied in court is not the morning news.

In it, the department said it had revived the probe but could give no additional information because the matter was ongoing. Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam are both dead, and while Donham appears to have admitted to perjury, the statute of limitations on that crime has long passed.

Both men later confessed in a magazine interview but have since died, AP reported.

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