“The Department is currently assessing whether the newly revealed statement could warrant additional investigation” — Acting Assistant Attorney General T.E. Wheeler II
Emmett Till was killed Aug. 28, 1955, and the Federal Justice Department is still struggling to solve his murder. And justice officials are looking into reopening the case after Carolyn Bryant Donham admitted she lied when she testified that he touched her — a lie she repeated to the FBI a decade ago.
Donham confessed to lying to Timothy B. Tyson, author of the new book, The Blood of Emmett Till.
“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” Donham said.
“The Department is currently assessing whether the newly revealed statement could warrant additional investigation,” acting Assistant Attorney General T.E. Wheeler II wrote U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., in a letter.
“We caution, however, that even with our best efforts, investigations into historic cases are exceptionally difficult, and there may be insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers to bringing federal charges against any remaining living persons,” he wrote.
Till’s family wants justice finally served for the boy whose life was ended over Donham’s lie. Till was only 14-years-old when Donham said he whistled at her. At the time she married to Roy Bryant. She reportedly didn’t tell her husband, who found out days later from a customer at the store. On Aug. 28, 1955, Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, abducted Till from the home of his uncle, Mose Wright. Three days later, he was found floating in the Tallahatchie River, beaten and shot in the head.
Lying to the FBI is a federal crime with a five-year statute of limitations.