Feds Reopen Case of Emmett Till
The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the Black teenager whose brutal killing in Money, Mississippi in 1955 helped propel the civil rights movement. The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March that it is reinvestigating Till's slaying after receiving "new information." The announcement came after the publication last year of The Blood of Emmett Till, a book that revealed the white woman, Carolyn Donham, lied when she testified that Till grabbed her, whistled, and made sexual advances at a store. Abducted from the home where he was staying, the 14-year-old, who was visiting from Chicago, was kidnapped, beaten, and shot, and his mutilated body was found weighted down with a cotton gin fan in the Tallahatchie River. His mother opted for an open casket so the world could see the images of what two adult white men did to her teenage son. Donham's then-husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam were charged with murder but acquitted. The men later confessed to the crime in a magazine interview, but weren't retried. Both are now dead. The case was closed in 2007. The federal report, sent annually to lawmakers under a law that bears Till's name, does not indicate what the new information might be that prompted officials to reopen the case. More here.