Three days after the kidnapping, Till's body was found in the Tallahatchie River, weighed down with a 74-pound cotton gin fan. A grand jury in the southern US state declined to issue new charges, the department said. The men later confessed to perpetrating the murder, but were never retried.
Emmett Till was 14 years old when he visited family in the Mississippi Delta during the summer of 1955.
The Department of Justice has reopened the case surrounding the killing of the black teen after receiving "new information", The Associated Press reported Thursday. 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.
"So he can be exonerated that's my heart's desire", the cousin said.
Images of his mutilated body gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and inspired civil rights campaigns.
"For every courageous black man willing to speak out against the circumstances we faced", Simeon Wright wrote in his book, according to The New York Times, "hundreds of white men were willing and able to make sure he paid the ultimate price". He says if a case were to move forward, he and the other district attorney could decide who would prosecute it.
"We don't know anything". The report's contents weren't widely known until Thursday.
Emmett Till, a Chicago native, was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, when he walked into a shop owned by Carolyn Donham, then Carolyn Bryant. "Just what did he say when he grabbed your hand?" defense attorney Sidney Carlton asked, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago. When Donham had testified in the Till case she said that the teen Till grabbed her and verbally threatened her.
"That part's not true", she said. An all-white jury freed her husband and the other man even without it. Testimony indicated a woman might have been in a auto with Bryant and Milam when they abducted Till, but no one else was ever charged.
Donham, however, is still alive and admitted she lied about her encounter with Emmet. In court, but without jurors present, she claimed that Emmett had made physical contact with her and spoken in crude, sexual language.
"And she also said, in her words, 'nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him, '" Tyson said. She resisted and pulled away, but Till approached her and got her by the waist, she said. A judge ruled the testimony inadmissible. The book has gained national acclaim, picking up the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in May and making the long list for the National Book Award previous year. "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.