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Woman Behind Emmett Till's Brutal Death Finally Admits She Lied About Accusations

Woman Behind Emmett Till's Brutal Death Finally Admits She Lied About Accusations”

Till, 14, was visiting family in MS from Chicago in August of 1955, when he spoke with Carolyn Bryant Donham, a white married grocery store owner, for about one minute at the shop.

Set for release next week, Tyson's book revisits Till's murder case, in which two white men - J.W. Milam and his half-brother, Roy Bryant - were tried for brutally beating and killing the boy after he allegedly whistled at Bryant's wife, Carolyn, at the local country store. The murder was a defining moment for the Civil Rights Movement and a landmark case in America's racial history. During the trial, she added that she was "scared to death".

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him", Donham said in Tyson's book.

Donham's confessions are all too late, but a look back at this injustice is just another reminder of why we fight for justice and must continue to confront and resist racism.The Blood of Emmett Till is available on Tues.

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Bryant went into hiding after the trial - divorcing and marrying twice more - and remained mum on the case until she gave the interview with Tyson. Carolyn would recount the fabricated tale in court during Bryant and Milam's murder trial before an all-white MS jury.

When Tyson asked her about her claim that Till whistled and made verbal and physical advances towards her, she said, "That part's not true". At 82, Donham should be arrested and forced to spend the rest of her life behind bars. She initially claimed that Till grabbed and threatened her inside the grocery store the 14-year-old entered to buy chewing gum.

Bryant told her husband, Roy, about the incident.

"The Blood of Emmett Till" is due to be published next week by Simon & Schuster.

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Donham "felt tender sorrow for [Till's mother] Mamie Till-Mobley", Tyson noted, according to Vanity Fair.

Messages left with Donham and her relatives for comment on Tyson's book were not returned Friday.

As Vanity Fair notes, however, she didn't officially repent and is apparently not the type to join any racial-reconciliation groups.

Reports also state that she approached Tyson because she was writing her memoirs and claims she felt grief after she "herself lost one of her sons... she thought about the grief that Mamie must have felt and grieved all the more". His mother even insisted on an open-casket funeral, leading to photographs of his battered corpse being spread across the country, which helped focus public attention on what was happening in the heart of the country.

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Carolyn's accusation led her husband at the time and another man to lynch the 14-year-old African American boy in Mississippi.



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