Justice Department closes its investigation into 1955 killing of Emmett Till

A 2017 book by Duke University professor Timothy Tyson, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” spurred investigators to reopen the case.

In the book, Tyson wrote that he handed Carolyn Bryant Donham a transcript of her testimony – in which she said that Till grabbed her, whistled, and made sexual advances – and Donham told him, “[t]hat part’s not true.

The Justice Department reopened the investigation in 2018, but Donham denied that she ever actually recanted her story.

This undated photo shows Emmett Louis 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.  (AP-foto, lêer)

This undated photo shows Emmett Louis 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. (AP-foto, lêer)

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