The investigation into the racially motivated murder of a 14-year-old black boy in Mississippi in 1955 was again closed. The US Department of Justice notified the victim’s family, Emmett Till, the Associated Press reported based on informed sources.
Till was kidnapped and murdered after being accused of whistling at a white woman. Two white American men confessed to kidnapping Till, but they denied killing him during the trial. A jury of white men acquitted. In a paid interview, the men later admitted that they had killed the boy.
The case was officially closed earlier in 2007 due to the deaths of all suspects. became the case Re-opened in 2018 When the woman who allegedly whistled in a book said she lied in part about what the boy had done in 1955.
According to Carolyn Bryant, it wasn’t true that Till was whispering sexual proposals to her after the whistle. The woman later denied to investigators that she had changed her story.
The impetus for the civil rights movement
Till was from Chicago and was vacationing in Mississippi in 1955. Till is said to be whistling at Carolyn Bryant in a store. Roy Bryant and Bryant’s husband and half-brother JW Milam kidnapped the boy a day later and tortured him in a barn. Then they shot him, killed him, and threw his body into the river, where he was found three days later.
Till’s mother wanted the coffin to remain open during the funeral, to show how badly he had been treated.
The case provided impetus to the civil rights movement. A few months later, civil rights icon Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for white passengers on an Alabama bus. She said she thought about Till while she was working. Bob Dylan wrote the song in 1963 Emmett dies until after the case.
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