Thursday, May 05, 2005

Only Five Decades Later 

Via Zemblan patriot J.M.: Fifty years after he was abducted, tortured, shot, and dumped in the Tallahatchie River for whistling at a white woman, an autopsy will finally be performed on the body of Emmett Till:
"The exhumation will take place in the next few weeks," said Deborah Madden, a spokeswoman for the FBI office in Jackson, Miss. "Previous investigations did not perform an autopsy, even in 1955. Consequently, no cause of death was ever established" . . . .

Roy Bryant, the husband of the woman Till whistled at, and his half-brother J.W. Milam were charged with the killing. They were acquitted of murder by an all-white jury that returned a verdict less than two hours after a defense attorney pleaded with them to honor their forefathers by refusing to convict white men for killing a black person . . . .

The Justice Department did not pursue the case before a five-year statute of limitations on federal charges expired. There is no statute of limitations on state murder charges.

[New York filmmaker Keith] Beauchamp's documentary, "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till," reported the discovery of evidence that other people may have assisted Bryant and Milam.

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