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FBI Exhumes Body of Emmett Till for Clues


ALSIP, Ill. - Nearly 50 years after Emmett Till's mutilated body was found in a Mississippi river, federal investigators Wednesday unearthed the Chicago teen's casket in hopes of finding clues to a murder that helped kindle the civil rights movement.Two white men charged with the murder — store owner Roy Bryant and his half brother J.W. Milam — were acquitted by an all-white jury. The two, now dead, later confessed to beating and shooting Till, saying in a magazine article that they killed the teenager because he had whistled at Bryant's wife.


The Justice Department announced plans last year to reopen the Till investigation, saying it was triggered by several pieces of information, including a documentary by New York filmmaker Keith Beauchamp.


 


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recumbentgoat
Jun. 2nd, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
The results will be interesting and what they do with them. Thank god for documentary filmmakers!

*eye roll* for the Reverend. Why couldn't they get a quote from the filmmaker whose work got people interested again?
isis_venomz
Jun. 2nd, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks.
*eye roll* for the Reverend.

I cosign that eye roll.

Another eye roll for that wack ass defense in 1955. That wasn't him and Till was still alive? It doesn't matter what bullshit you spit as long as you were white, huh?
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lula_neith
Jun. 2nd, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
*nods*
it made me sick reading about how they tried to make her feel like a freak for having an open casket. i admire her. she wanted the whole world to see what was done to her son.
aatriplex
Jun. 2nd, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: *nods*
I remember seeing the picture and to this day the picture of his distorted and deformed face still haunts me.
yes_justice
Jun. 2nd, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: *nods*
I admire Mamie as well.
ranata
Jun. 2nd, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks.
Another eye roll for that wack ass defense in 1955. That wasn't him and Till was still alive? It doesn't matter what bullshit you spit as long as you were white, huh?

Pretty much. I can't believe they said it wasn't him and that actually got those bastards off..
lula_neith
Jun. 2nd, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
yes,
it will be *very* interesting to see what happens -- whether there'll be a gesture toward the family or something...
ranata
Jun. 2nd, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
Are they performing the autopsy on bones? C'mon now. The two killers are dead and buried and NOW they reopen the case. That's so sad.
yes_justice
Jun. 2nd, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
All I recall is his mother, Mamie, calling for peace and an end to the violence. There she was with her son, her beautiful son, raped and murdered, and did she call for revenge? Did she call for war? No.

She had dignity. She had wisdom. She had self respect.

She called for an end to the violence. She called for peace.

jessmaam
Jun. 3rd, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
?
Raped?
yes_justice
Jun. 3rd, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: ?
Sorry, I was being figurative, not literal.
gal_montag
Jun. 3rd, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
After all this time, though, I have to wonder what they could find.
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