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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Emmett Till Murder Trial Witness: I Lied

Emmett Till Murder Trial Witness: I Lied

The main witness in the 1955 trial of two white men who lynched black teenager Emmett Till after he allegedly whistled at a white woman recently confessed to having fabricated key parts of her testimony. According to Timothy Tyson, a Duke University senior research scholar, Carolyn Bryant Donham—who in 1955 was an attractive white mother of two—confessed in 2007 to having lied about Till having made verbal and physical advances at her. The allegations that he had done so were what led to the two men, including Donham’s then-husband, killing the young boy. “That part’s not true,” she told Tyson about such claims. She could not recall what happened the rest of the evening at the country store. The most famous account of their interaction included Till whistling at her, which also may not have ever happened as the boy had a lisp. The confession was revealed in Tyson’s new book, The Blood of Emmett Till.

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