Justice Department reopens investigation into 63-year-old murder of Emmett Till

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. The federal government has reopened its investigation into

"America has narrated the 1955 lynching of this 14-year-old black boy in MS as a Southern horror movie, set in some distant and exotic Dixie, starring Redneck Frankenstein", Tyson wrote in an email to The Chronicle in May.

Thursday, the Associated Press announced that, back in March of this current year, the Justice Department uncovered the reviving to Congress in a report and referred to "new information". The 14-year-old Till, who was black, was lynched by a group of white men in MS after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in a shop.

The Justice Department report, which was issued in March, does not indicate what the new information might be, but it comes after the publication of a book past year, "The Blood of Emmett Till", by Duke University professor Timothy B. Tyson.

In a book published a year ago, researcher Timothy B. Tyson reported that the woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham said that her story was not true and did not remember the sequence of events clearly.

Four days later, on August 28, 1955, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, rousted Emmett from his bed in the middle of the night, ordered him into the bed of a pickup and eventually beat him viciously before shooting him in the head. The men later confessed to the crime in a magazine interview but weren't retried.

District Attorney Dewayne Richardson declined comment Thursday on any role he might have in the case.

According to Biography, Till's mother Mamie Till had extraordinary success for a black woman in the 1920s and 30s, both with her schooling and her eventual career. "He said, 'What's the matter baby, can't you take it?'" she testified.

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Duke University researcher Timothy B. Tyson released the book, "The Blood of Emmett Till", in early 2017.

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. In an interview with NBC, Deborah Watts, a cousin of Till and the co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, said "None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation or impedes, but we are also very interested in justice being done". Jackson's slaying was an impetus for the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march later that year.

Images of his mutilated body gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and inspired civil rights campaigns.

Tyson said the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed him previous year, and he turned over all research materials, including a memoir Donham wrote that he said would not be published until after her death.

Two white men were tried and acquitted by all-white juries after Till's brutal slaying 63 years ago. I've "had" white women. She resisted and pulled away, but Till approached her and got her by the waist, she said. I don't know what's - we don't know. Donham told Tyson that "nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him".

The evidence, which was heard after jurors had been sent out, was ruled inadmissible by the judge.

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