The U.S. Department of Justice cites the "discovery of new information" as the reason for reopening the case. The reopening of her son's murder case comes 15 years too late for Mamie Till - who became active in the civil-rights movement following his death - she died in 2003.
The renewed investigation was first revealed in a recent federal report, which didn't specify what new information investigators were acting on.
An explosive new book by Timothy B. Tyson called "The Blood of Emmett Till" came out previous year and alleges that Carolyn Donham, the white woman at the center of the case, admitted to lying about the events leading up to the murder. In last year's The Blood of Emmett Till, however, it was discovered that Carolyn Donham had lied when she testified that Emmett Till harassed her with "verbal and physical advances" at a store in MS in 1955.
Donham's then-husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam were charged with the murder but were later acquitted by an all-white jury. They both admitted to the murder in an interview with Look, but were never retried.
"It's probably always an open case until all the parties have passed away", said District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, whose circuit includes the community where Till was abducted.
"What's the matter baby, can't you take it?", she claimed he said.
The prosecutor with jurisdiction over the MS community where Till was abducted, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, declined to comment on whether federal authorities had given him new information since they reopened the investigation.
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Donham, who turns 84 this month, now lives in North Carolina, AP reported.
Tyson, senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies, published "The Blood of Emmett Till" past year, shedding new light on the 1955 lynching.
Images of the child's brutalized body in a casket were widely shared at the time, shining a light on racial hatred in the Deep South and invigorating the civil rights movement. Donham, then 21 years old and known as Carolyn Bryant, testified in 1955 as a prospective defense witness in the trial of Bryant and Milam. I don't know what's - we don't know.
"According to Chicago Magazine, Wright said of the incident, "[The joke] scared us half to death...a black boy whistling at a white woman?
Two white men were tried and acquitted by all-white juries after Till's brutal slaying 63 years ago. Those quotes say she wasn't truthful when she testified that Till grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances.
The Justice Department declined to comment Thursday, but it appeared that the government had chosen to devote new attention to the case after Donham, in an interview with Tyson, recanted parts of her account of what transpired in August 1955.
The evidence, which was heard after jurors had been sent out, was ruled inadmissible by the judge.
Timothy Tyson said at a news conference Thursday that he was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation several weeks after his book came out in January 2017.