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Justice Dept reopens investigation into Emmett Till’s lynching murder

Carolyn Donham claimed Till had accosted her, but told author Timothy B Tyson it was untrue. The killing and its aftermath helped spark the civil rights movement. The pair later admitted to the slaying, but no further charges were brought.

The federal government has quietly revived its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose abduction and killing remains, nearly 63 years later, among the starkest and most searing examples of racial violence in the South.

The case was closed in 2007 with authorities saying the suspects were dead.

The DOJ's move to reopen the case came after "receiving new information", it said in a report to Congress.

The woman's husband, Roy Bryant, and J.W. Milam were charged with Till's murder, but the two white men were later acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury.

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The U.S. Justice Department has reopened the case of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black teen who was reportedly brutally murdered by two white males in MS in 1955. Two men who confessed to killing Emmett, only after they had been acquitted by an all-white jury in MS, are dead.

Bryant, whose name is now Carolyn Donham, is in her 80s and lives in North Carolina. "We don't want to talk to you", the man said before going back inside. The boy's body was later found, tethered to a cotton gin fan, in the Tallahatchie River.

"Mamie Till's decision to allow African-American media outlets to display her son's battered body was one of the critical events that galvanized African-Americans to fight to end America's racial dictatorship through the Civil Rights movement", said Alvin Tillery, a political science professor and director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy at Northwestern University, during an interview with USA Today.

In her testimony at the murder trial, Bryant said that a "nigger man" grabbed her by the hand in her store and said to her, "How about a date, baby?" In 1981 Milam died of bone cancer, while Bryant died in 1994, also of cancer.

Till's remains were returned to Chicago where his mother insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket.

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The Justice Department declined to comment Thursday, but it appeared that the government had chosen to devote new attention to the case after Donham, in an interview with Tyson, recanted parts of her account of what transpired in August 1955.

The evidence, which was heard after jurors had been sent out, was ruled inadmissible by the judge.

Weeks after he published a book about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a North Carolina author received a call from Federal Bureau of Investigation agents asking about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying about her interactions with the black teen.

Till's cousin Parker, 79, said he is "pretty sure" an investigator asked him about what happened in the store but the conversation occurred months ago, and he said he has a hard time remembering details. I don't know what's - we don't know.

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