FBI to exhume body of civil rights figure Emmett Till

[JURIST] FBI officials announced Wednesday that the body of Emmett Till [Wikipedia profile] will be exhumed in upcoming weeks to determine the cause of his death and uncover evidence that could lead authorities to accomplices in his 1955 murder [PBS documentary]. In a brutal event that galvanized the country at the outset of the civil rights movement, Till was kidnapped from his uncle’s home in Mississippi and brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman outside of a grocery store. Till’s mutilated body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River three days later, and no autopsy was performed. Roy Bryant, the husband of the woman Till purportedly whistled at, and J.W. Milam, Bryant's half brother were tried for Till’s murder and acquitted after defense attorneys suggested that the body could not be positively identified. After their acquittal, both men confessed [PBS report] to beating and shooting the 14-year old Chicago native. In 2004 the US Justice Department announced plans to reopen the investigation [press release] into Till's death after new evidence revealed in a documentary film [official website] suggested that Bryant and Milam, now both deceased, had two accomplices. AP has more.



 

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