Moments after pulling away, she said the teenager "caught me at the cash register", grasped her around the waist with both hands and pulled her towards him.
Weeks after he published a book about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a North Carolina author received a call from Federal Bureau of Investigation agents asking about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying about her interactions with the black teen.
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"He said, 'How about a date, baby?'" she testified, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago. She later told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Emmett had touched her hand. I've "had" white women. "I was scared to death", Bryant said during her testimony. In the book, Carolyn Bryant Donham, the white woman who initially accused Till of sexual harassment, admits to lying in her testimony and goes on record saying, "Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him". "That part's not true", Donham was revealed as admitting.
The U.S. Justice Department has reopened the case of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black teen who was reportedly brutally murdered by two white males in MS in 1955. Paula Johnson, co-director of an academic group that reviews unsolved civil rights slayings, said she can't think of anything other than Tyson's book that could have prompted the Justice Department to reopen the Till investigation.
A federal official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that information in the 2017 book was what led federal investigators to re-examine the case. The FBI still conducted an inquiry, which included an exhumation of Emmett's body from an IL cemetery, for about two years to settle whether there were any state crimes that could still be prosecuted.
The Justice Department said its renewed inquiry, which it described in a report submitted to Congress in late March, was "based upon the discovery of new information". It did not elaborate.
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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. Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam are both dead, and while Donham appears to have admitted to perjury, the statute of limitations on that crime has long passed. His mangled body was found in the Tallahatchie River. Deliberations barely took an hour, and one juror claimed the acquittal could've come sooner had they not stopped to have a soda.
Bryant and Milam told a reporter the following year how they killed Emmett and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie, but because of double jeopardy laws, they couldn't be tried again. According to Tyson, she won't go to the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Mississippi.
The family hopes this time things will be different.
Bryant told Tyson that she "felt tender sorrow" for Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who fought for civil rights and died in 2003.
The men later confessed to the crime in a magazine interview but weren't retried. According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's obituary of Juanita Milam, Bryant and Milam didn't feel guilt for killing Till.
The only way I can figure it is that she did not want to take care of the store.