Relatives of Emmett Till said Monday evening that they were informed that the Justice Department had opted to close the case in the torture and murder of Till due to a lack of evidence, ending a decades-long search for justice. Used to be.
The Justice Department told the family that it had closed the investigation into Till’s murder because investigators were unable to prove that Carolyn Bryant Donham, the young white woman who told her about harassing her at a Mississippi grocery store, lied. told the nature of their encounter As mentioned in the 2017 book.
During a press conference at Northwestern University in Chicago, Professor Christopher Benson, who co-authored a book on Till, said that Till’s family had been informed that investigators would seek federal prosecution of Donham for perjury. Not enough evidence was found for
The DOJ first closed the case in 2007 after author and historian Timothy Tyson’s 2017 book, only to reopen it 10 years later, Emmett Till’s Blood, Dunham is quoted as saying that he lied about harassing her, a claim her relatives made. disputed,
Benson said investigators found no credible evidence that Donham had actually said what Tyson reported, or anything that could have happened in court if he had been charged with perjury.
Tyson was apparently unable to provide enough evidence that Dunham recounted his story during his interview with him – Tyson had told Dunham about what happened between him and Till missing from recording The author handed over to investigators, the DOJ said.
The DOJ confirmed on Monday evening that they investigation closed,