The Chicago teenager was visiting relatives in MS when 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, a white woman, accused him of making a pass at her in the small-town grocery store she and her husband owned.
The teen was snatched from his bed in the middle of the night in August 1955, viciously beaten and shot. Till's disfigured body was found tied to a weight in the river. Against advice, she demanded that his funeral be open casket.
Till's mother reportedly allowed his body for public viewing to "let the world see what has happened, because there is no way I could describe this". But Parker says the discussion likely occurred after the release of a book that raised questions about the Till case previous year. The men later confessed in a magazine interview but weren't retried; both are now dead.
The 1955 slaying was listed in a March report among "activities" the department was pursuing under the 2007 unsolved civil rights crime act that bears Emmett's name. Somewhere between a hundred thousand and 250,000 people viewed the body in the course of several days.
Not long after that, Duke University scholar Timothy Tyson said, he turned over interview recordings and other research materials for his 2017 book on the 1955 case that shocked the nation and helped build momentum for the civil rights movement.
Her story led to the black teen's lynching, and influenced jurors to acquit the murderers.
"'We don't want to talk to you, '" the man said before going back inside", Reeves wrote.
Tyson quotes a 2008 interview with Donham in his book, acknowledging that she lied during her testimony. I said, well, what is true? "When a n***er gets close to mentioning sex with a white woman, he's exhausted o" livin", stated Milam in the interview.
Timothy Tyson said at a news conference Thursday that he was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation several weeks after his book came out in January 2017.
According to Justice Department officials, new information has come to light that has prompted them to revisit the case.
"We're talking 63 years of hoping that there would be justice for Emmett", Deborah Watts said.
CHANG: Even if no one is prosecuted ultimately, is there value in just correcting the record, in confirming that the allegations were false? The FBI still conducted an inquiry, which included an exhumation of Emmett's body from an IL cemetery, for about two years to settle whether there were any state crimes that could still be prosecuted. You know, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has never really closed this case, and there's a 500-page report of the FBI's findings from 1955 certainly on - into the 1990s. But it follows the publication of a book which included passages where Donham, then known as Carolyn Bryant and a potential witness at the time, acknowledged lying. Thanks very much for joining us. I'm as good as you are.