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    MS - U.S. reopens 1955 killing of Emmett Till, 14

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department said Monday it is reopening the investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a black teenager whose death while visiting Mississippi was an early catalyst for the civil rights movement.

    Till was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Mississippi, on August 28, 1955. The mutilated body of the 14-year-old from Chicago was found by fishermen three days later in the Tallahatchie River.

    Pictures of the slaying shocked the world. Two white men charged with murder -- Roy Bryant and his half brother, J.W. Milam -- were acquitted by an all-white jury. Both men have since died.

    R. Alexander Acosta, assistant attorney general for civil rights, said a recent public television documentary about the killing and other new information brought to the Justice Department's attention suggests that additional people still alive were involved in the killing.

    "This brutal murder and grotesque miscarriage of justice outraged a nation and helped galvanize support for the modern American civil rights movement," Acosta said. "We owe it to Emmett Till, and we owe it to ourselves, to see whether after all these years some additional measure of justice remains possible."

    http://edition.cnn.com/2004/LAW/05/1....ap/index.html

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    Body to Be Exhumed in 1955 Racial Killing

    Body to Be Exhumed in 1955 Racial Killing
    Body of Emmett Till, Black Youth Whose 1955 Death Galvanized Civil Rights Movement, to Be Exhumed

    By DON BABWIN Associated Press Writer
    CHICAGO May 4, 2005 A half century after the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till shocked a nation and galvanized the civil rights movement, his body will be exhumed as authorities attempt to determine who killed him, the FBI said Wednesday.

    Till's body, buried in a cemetery in the Chicago suburb of Alsip, will be exhumed within the next few weeks for an autopsy, said Deborah Madden, spokeswoman for the FBI office in Jackson, Miss.

    The Justice Department announced plans last year to reopen the Till investigation, citing several pieces of information that included a documentary by New York filmmaker Keith Beauchamp.

    "The exhumation is a logical continuation of that," Madden said. "An autopsy was never performed on the body and the cause of death was never determined."
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    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=728641

    50 years later an autopsy and investigation in this crime that was committed because this 14-year-old black teen allegedly whistled at a white woman. I hope the crime is solved and the killer/s brought to justice.

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    Thank you for this link. Its always a happy day when justice is served for anyone.

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    Little man... I read about him years ago. Hopefully they can find the TRUTH about this little guy. Only 14 years old. Sweet baby.

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    Emmett Till's family divided over exhumation
    By Charles Thomas
    May 5, 2005 The family of Emmett Till is divided over plans by federal authorities to exhume his body. The Chicago teenager was murdered in Mississippi 50 years ago by white racists. The FBI wants to conduct an autopsy to confirm Till's identity. Some members of Till's family joined the Reverend Jesse Jackson Thursday and accused the FBI of grandstanding. --->>

    Two relatives, cousins Simeon Wright and Wheeler Parker, who were with Till when he was abducted support the autopsy and the investigation to find other suspects who may have been involved.
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    ABC7 has learned the court order to allow the exhumation is already signed by a judge, and the plan is to begin digging in Alsip's Burr Oak Cemetery later this month. Bertha Thomas says she will fight it, as Mamie Till Mobley would have fought it if she were alive.

    "Never, in all of my life, have I heard her say that she wanted an autopsy done," said Bertha Thomas.

    FBI agents met with the cemetery manager today to make preliminary arrangements for the exhumation. Federal officials will not reveal the exact day and time the coffin will be raised or for how long the remains would stay above ground for the autopsy.


    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/news/050505_ns_till.html

    Hard to imagine that Emmett Till himself wouldn't want his body exhumed if it might lead to identifying and punishing his murderer/s. Looks like it will happen, too, even if some relatives object.

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    Do they feel the autopsy would point to a certain suspect? I'm a little confused.

    Anyway, I hope justice is done for that poor sweet boy.

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    Transcript of 1st Till trial found

    http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pb...505170383/1002

    <LI>Missing document called key to prosecuting any living suspects in boy's 1955 murder
    The FBI's search for killers of Emmett Till has turned up something missing for decades a transcript of the 1955 murder trial.

    "We found a copy of a copy of a copy," said Robert J. Garrity Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi. "We had to painstakingly go through it and retype it."

    In the trial, an all-white jury acquitted Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam in Till's Aug. 28, 1955, killing.

    The defense suggested a sinister group had planted the body, and the jury foreman told reporters the state failed to prove it was Till's body.

    Several months later, Bryant and Milam confessed to Look magazine they had beaten and shot Till because the 14-year-old Chicago youth had wolf-whistled at Bryant's wife, Carolyn, at the family's grocery store.


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    This pretty much sums up how I feel.




    'Although 50 years have passed, the horror resonates today, Garrity said. "It was a vicious, brutal crime against a child. For God's sake, he was only 14." '

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    Quote Originally Posted by browneyes
    Do they feel the autopsy would point to a certain suspect? I'm a little confused.

    Anyway, I hope justice is done for that poor sweet boy.
    An autopsy could show that others who are still living today could've possibly been involved. From what I understand, those who were tried were not convicted based on "circumstantial evidence". Those persons could not be retried due to double jeopardy, but they are deceased anyway. However, the person who is thought to be involved and who has never been tried for this crime is found to have been involved due to some evidence at the autopsy and from the transcripts, then she can be tried:

    "Bryant and Milam have since died, and legal experts say a transcript is key to putting together the case against any living suspects, particularly if that suspect is Carolyn Bryant, whom relatives say maintains her innocence.

    Experts say it's possible some of the transcript could be used against her, but there's no guarantee a judge would admit such testimony."

    And this:

    "Because no medical examination was done then, Garrity said authorities are forced to seek an autopsy now."

    And this:
    "Others have interpreted the exhumation as proof a prosecution will take place.

    Asked about that Monday, Garrity replied, "It would not be a quantum leap to think if we had absolutely no potential defendants, there would be no need for an exhumation.""

    http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pb...505170383/1002

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    Also:

    "The FBI said DNA tests done on Till's body will be matched by swabs taken from family members. The tests hope to verify the identity of the body, which Till's mother was able to identify only by a ring on the youth's finger.
    In a letter mailed to media outlets last week, Garrity said the government's decision to exhume Till's body is vital to the investigation.

    "The investigation has now progressed to a point where the exhumation and examination of Till's remains are essential," Garrity said."

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050517/...rights_killing


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    As district attorney, Gerald Chatham Sr. was delegated to prosecute two white men in Mississippi for the 1955 brutal beating death of a 14-year-old black child from Chicago named Emmett Till.

    "The governor (J.P. Coleman) offered to take him off that case but he said the people elected him to do a job and he was going to do it to the best of his ability," said Gerald Jr.

    The media firestorm that ensued put young Gerald and his family squarely in the national spotlight. NBC's John Chancellor, then a roving reporter, paid a visit to the family's DeSoto County farm.

    "I feel anybody would be relieved. Somebody feels there's enough evidence out there and there are people out there who are guilty of that heinous crime," said Chatham.

    "But just to bring it up serves no real purpose. Right or wrong they had a fair trial," said Chatham of the trial afforded Till's alleged killers under the circumstances of the day.

    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?n...d=104621&rfi=6
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    FBI Hoping Till's Body Will Yield Clues
    By MIKE COLIAS
    The Associated Press
    Wednesday, June 1, 2005; 11:19 AM

    ALSIP, Ill. -- Federal investigators located the casket of Emmett Till at a suburban cemetery Wednesday, hoping that exhuming his body would lead to new clues into the 1955 Mississippi slaying that became a key event in the civil rights movement.

    Diggers at a suburban Chicago cemetery found the casket entombed in a concrete vault, FBI spokesman Frank Bochte said. Investigators planned to transport the whole vault to the Cook County medical examiner's office later Wednesday, Bochte said.

    The work began after a private graveside service for the family of Till, a black Chicagoan who was 14 when he was killed.

    Till's body was to be autopsied by the Cook County medical examiner's office. No autopsy was performed at the time of Till's death.--->>
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...060100511.html

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    Family to rebury Till today

    Family members of Emmett Till plan to gather for a private graveside service this morning as Till's body is laid to rest for the second time since his 1955 death. A court order required the casket be returned to the cemetery by Monday.

    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-till04.html

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    Apparent bullet fragments reportedly have been discovered in the exhumed body of Emmett Till, who was killed by white supremacists in 1955 in Mississippi.

    The Chicago Sun-Times cited sources close to the investigation who said that examiners are waiting for DNA tests to determine if the body is the 14-year-old's.

    http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breakin...0956-8922r.htm
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Nearly 50 years after Emmett Till's killers dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River, the state today honored the Chicago youth whose lynching helped fuel the civil rights movement.

    The 14-year-old's relatives, who left Mississippi after he was slain, returned for a ceremony renaming a section of U.S. 49 after Till.

    "I can't think of any better, fitting tribute to the person who sparked the civil rights movement not only in Mississippi but throughout the world," Sens. Johnnie Walls, D-Greenville, said at the ceremony Friday.

    Simeon Wright of Chicago praised the naming of the highway after his cousin.

    Wright said he'd been told by a reporter that Mississippi was changing but he didn't believe it. "What I'm seeing today is Mississippi is changing," he said.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pb...EWS01/50701005
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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