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The Department of Justice has decided to re-open the murder case of 14-year-old Emmett Till who was murdered in 1955 by a group of white men, after receiving new information. No specifics on exactly what new information that it.
Til was murdered for allegedly whistling at and flirting with 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant in Mississippi. Bryant’s husband, Roy Bryant, along with J.W. Milam, kidnapped Till four days later out of his bed, viciously beating and shooting him. Till’s body was then tied with barbed wire to a 74-pound cotton gin and dumped in the Tallahatchie River. A month later, when Till’s body was found, Bryant and Milam were acquitted of murder by an all-white jury, even though eye witnesses were present. Due to rules against double jeopardy, the defendants could not be re-tried after confessing to the murder to a magazine.
Last year, Carolyn Bryant admitted to lying about the whole story that resulted in Till’s murder. Her husband Roy Bryant died in 1994. Milam died in 1980.
Written by Clarke Jones