Although it has not been confirmed by the Justice Department, her confession is most likely the new evidence that was cited when the case was reopened. It didn't elaborate on the nature of the information, but the Washington Post reports that the key detail was contained in historian Timothy Tyson's 2017 book, The Blood of Emmett Till. Paula Johnson, co-director of an academic group that reviews unsolved civil rights slayings, said she can't think of anything other than Tyson's book that could have prompted the Justice Department to reopen the Till investigation. After they finished reportedly assaulting him, the two shot Emmett in the head and threw the teen's body - which had been tied to the cotton gin fan with barbed wire - into the river.
He had been mutilated, and his mother's decision to hold an open-casket funeral with his unrecognizable face on full display was instrumental in drawing attention to his case and has been credited with "reigniting a widespread passion for the Civil Rights Movement".
Not a month after the boy's body was pulled from the river, an all-white jury acquitted Bryant and Milam of Emmett's murder, despite eyewitnesses identifying the defendants and the men confessing to kidnapping the teen. Deborah Watts, a cousin of Till, said she was unaware the case had been reopened until contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.
A MS prosecutor isn't saying whether federal authorities have given him any new information since they reopened an investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till in 1955. She wanted the world to see what she saw, how her boy had been maimed beyond recognition.
At one point, the men recalled, Emmett told them, "You bastards, I'm not afraid of you". Relatives of Till pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen the case past year after publication of the book.
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During the trial of Roy Bryant and Milam, Carolyn Bryant was brought as a potential witness for the defense.
"He said, 'How about a date, baby?'" she testified, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago.
"We don't know anything".
Moments after pulling away, she said the teenager "caught me at the cash register", grasped her around the waist with both hands and pulled her towards him. "Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him". Then, Bryant said, he used obscenities that she would not repeat in the courtroom. A judge ruled the testimony inadmissible. "You'd have to leave it to the judgment of some of the law enforcement agencies that are involved or the commission that would be created" to consider materials for release, Jones said.