October 2, 2022

DOJ Closes Investigation into 1955 Murder of Emmett Till, Finds No Proof Accuser Lied

Monday, the Division of Justice introduced the closing of the investigation into the 1955 homicide of Emmett Until after it failed to search out proof a key determine within the case lied.

Until, a Black teenager from Chicago, was kidnapped, brutally overwhelmed and shot within the head whereas visiting household in Mississippi after a white lady, Carolyn Bryant Donham, claimed he whistled at her and touched her in a retailer.

Donham’s then-husband and one other man, each now deceased, had been acquitted by an all-white jury that yr. Months after the trial, {a magazine} revealed the 2 males’s account of the brutal slaying the place they admitted to beating Until and tossing him in a river.

The case was reopened after a 2017 guide by Duke College professor Timothy Tyson reported that Donham had recanted her account concerning the encounter with Until.

“The woman however, when asked about the alleged recantation, denied to the FBI that she ever recanted her testimony and provided no information beyond what was uncovered during the previous federal investigation,” the Department of Justice said Monday. “Although lying to the FBI is a federal offense, there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she lied to the FBI when she denied having recanted to the professor.”