US Closes Investigation Into Notorious Emmett Till Civil Rights Murder
Umer Jamshaid Published December 07, 2021 | 09:20 AM
Washington, Dec 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Dec, 2021 ) :The US Justice Department announced on Monday that it has ended its investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, an African-American teenager whose brutal slaying galvanized the civil rights movement.
His mutilated body was found three days later in a local river.
Till's mother famously insisted that her son's remains be displayed in an open casket to show to the world what had been done to her boy.
Two white Mississippi men, Roy Bryant, Carolyn Bryant's husband, and J.W. Milam, his half-brother, were arrested for Till's murder but acquitted by an all-white jury.
The pair later admitted in a magazine interview that they had killed the boy.
The Justice Department reopened the case after an author, Timothy B. Tyson, wrote in his book, "The Blood of Emmett Till," that Carolyn Bryant, now known as Carolyn Donham, had recanted portions of her testimony in interviews he conducted with her.
But the Justice Department said Donham "denied to the FBI that she ever recanted her testimony and provided no information beyond what was uncovered during the previous Federal investigation." "Although lying to the FBI is a federal offense, there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she lied to the FBI when she denied having recanted to the professor," the department said in a statement.
Till's cousin, Thelma Wright Edwards, 90, said she was "not surprised" that the case had been closed but her "heart is broken.""I have no hate in my heart but I had hoped we could get an apology," she said at a press conference. "That didn't happen. The case is closed and we have to go on from here."