Emmett Till murderers make magazine confession

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On January 24, 1956, Look magazine publishes the confessions of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, two white men from Mississippi who were acquitted in the 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Louis Till, an African American teenager from Chicago. In the Look article, titled “The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi,” the men detailed how they beat Till with a gun, shot him and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River with a heavy cotton-gin fan attached with barbed wire to his neck to weigh him down. The two killers were paid a reported $4,000 for their participation in the article.

In August 1955, 14-year-old Till, whose nickname was Bobo, traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives and stay at the home of his great-uncle, Moses Wright. On August 24, Till went into Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market in Money, Mississippi, to buy candy. At some point, he allegedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who ran the store with her husband Roy, who was away at the time. (Bryant later admitted she made this up.) Till’s a harmless actions carried weight in an era when prejudice and discrimination against Black people was persistent throughout the segregated South.

In the early hours of August 28, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, abducted Emmett Till from his great-uncle’s home. The men were soon arrested but maintained their innocence. On August 31, Till’s decomposed body was found in the Tallahatchie River. On September 3, Till’s mother held an open-casket funeral for her son, in order to bring attention to his murder. An estimated 50,000 mourners attended. Afterward, Jet magazine published graphic photos of Till’s corpse.

On September 19, the kidnapping and murder trial of Bryant and Milam began in Sumner, Mississippi. Five days later, on September 23, the all-white, all-male jury acquitted the two men of murder after deliberating for little over an hour. The jury claimed it would’ve reached its decision even more quickly—despite overwhelming evidence that the defendants were guilty—had it not taken a soda break. The acquittal caused international outrage and added fuel to the emerging American civil rights movement.

Milam and Bryant were never brought to justice and both later died of cancer. In 2004, the U.S. Justice Department reopened the case amid suggestions that other people—some of whom are still alive—might have participated in the crime. Till’s body was exhumed by the FBI in 2005 and an autopsy was performed. In 2007 a grand jury decided not to seek an indictment against additional individuals. In 2017, Tim Tyson, author of the book The Blood of Emmett Till, revealed that Carolyn Bryant recanted her testimony, admitting that Till had never touched, threatened or harassed her. “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” Bryant said.

READ MORE: How Emmett Till's Murder Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement

Woman at center of Emmett Till case tells author she fabricated testimony

An all-white jury cleared Carolyn Bryant’s husband of 14-year-old Emmett Till’s murder, which he later admitted to. Author Timothy Tyson spoke with her in 2007 but her admission was not made public until now. Photograph: AP

An all-white jury cleared Carolyn Bryant’s husband of 14-year-old Emmett Till’s murder, which he later admitted to. Author Timothy Tyson spoke with her in 2007 but her admission was not made public until now. Photograph: AP

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It was the lynching that outraged African Americans, spurred the civil rights movement and etched the victim’s name in history: Emmett Till.

The 14-year-old Chicagoan was visiting relatives in the cotton country of the Mississippi delta on 24 August 1955 when he allegedly wolf-whistled at a white woman.

Three days later his body was found in the Tallahatchie river. Till had a bullet hole in the head, an eye gouged out and other wounds. The murderers had wrapped barbed wire around his neck and weighted him down with a cotton gin fan.

It was a ghastly crime that changed the United States but the woman at the center of it, Carolyn Bryant, long remained an enigma.

A few weeks after the murder, the then 21-year-old testified in court that Till had grabbed and verbally harassed her in a grocery store. “I was just scared to death,” she said.

The all-white jury cleared her husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother JW Milam of the crime. They later publicly admitted their guilt, saying they wanted to warn other blacks. Carolyn Bryant disappeared from public view.

Now, 62 years later, it has emerged that she fabricated her testimony about Till making physical and verbal advances.

“That part’s not true,” Bryant told Timothy Tyson, the author of a new book, The Blood of Emmet Till.

That four-word confession, of sorts, has provided an unexpected coda to a story whose victim is commemorated annually.

Bryant spoke to Tyson, a Duke University senior research scholar, in 2007, when she was 72. The admission was not made public until now.

Bryant, who is still alive at an undisclosed location, told the author she could not remember other details about the fleeting encounter with Till, who went into the store to buy gum.

She did, however, express regret. “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.” She said she “felt tender sorrow” for Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley.

Mamie Till Mobley weeps at her son’s funeral in Chicago in 1955. Photograph: AP

Bryant’s comments still leave questions over what precisely transpired in the grocery store but they do suggest its bloody and controversial aftermath marked her.

“That case went a long way toward ruining her life,” Tyson told Vanity Fair. The author did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Till’s mother insisted on an open-casket funeral in Chicago and Jet magazine published photos of his corpse, sparking revulsion and galvanising the civil rights movement.

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A white woman who accused Emmett Till of verbally and physically accosting her in Mississippi in 1955 – inflaming tensions around the murder that helped spark the civil-rights movement — has admitted she lied, according to a new book.

Till, who was 14 at the time of his brutal death, had allegedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old white woman, while at a country store in Money, Mississipppi. Bryant’s husband and a second white man later tracked Till down and shot and bludgeoned him to death — and were acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury after an hour’s deliberation.

During the trial, Bryant testified that Till had also made physical and verbal advances toward her, a sensational claim that worsened tensions over the case. But according to a 2007 interview newly revealed in the book “The Blood of Emmett Till,” Bryant admits that never happened.

“That part’s not true,” she told writer Timothy Tyson, according to Vanity Fair, though she claimed she could not recall what happened the rest of the evening at her husband’s country store, where Emmett stopped by briefly on Aug. 24, 1955, to buy 2 cents worth of gum.

The Chicago boy, who had been visiting relatives in the segregated cotton country of the Deep South, was kidnapped, beaten and shot four days later.

He had a bullet hole in the head, barbed wire around his neck, an eye gouged out and other ghastly wounds. His body was dumped in the muddy Tallahatchie River.

“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” she is quoted as saying.

Bryant, 82, is now known as Carolyn Bryant Donham. Her court testimony was out of the earshot of the jury, but helped to frame the case publicly.

She testified that Till had grabbed and threatened her inside the store – and that he had used an “unprintable” word when he told her he had been intimate “with white women before.”

“I was just scared to death,” she said in court.

The two killers later admitted their guilt after their acquittal.

Till’s murder became the flashpoint in the American civil-rights movement. His mother even insisted on an open-casket funeral, leading to photographs of his battered corpse being spread across the country, which helped focus public attention on what was happening in the heart of the country.

In 2004, the FBI reopened the case to see if any accomplices could be hauled to court, but a grand jury decided three years later that there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges.

Bryant went into hiding after the trial – divorcing and marrying twice more — and remained mum on the case until she gave the interview with Tyson.

She told him she “felt tender sorrow” for Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who died in 2003, but he doesn’t mention if she expressed guilt or apologized.

Civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks has said she thought about Emmett when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a few months after his death.

The shocking crime was memorialized in Nobel laureate Toni Morrison’s play “Dreaming Emmett,” a Langston Hughes poem and a song by Bob Dylan.

The whereabouts of the now-82-year-old Donham are unknown.

“That case went a long way toward ruining her life,” Tyson told Vanity Fair.

Why Emmett Till's Murder Shook the Conscience of the U.S.

Emmett Till was just 14 years old in the summer of 1955 when he traveled to visit family in the tiny community of Money, in the Mississippi Delta. Till was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago. He had never been to the Deep South.

The tragic story of what happened to young Till became, to many, a catalyst for the American Civil Rights Movement. But his story did not end in Mississippi. It never really ended.

"I'd like to think that if we had the trial again that, No. 1, we'd have some black jurors . and some women. That in fact, justice would be done. That's the optimist in me," says Florida State University professor Davis Houck, who helped create the Emmett Till Memory Project and has been instrumental in building FSU's Emmett Till Archive. "But I don't want to be too optimistic, because we're at a time in our country right now where anything goes. In terms of violence visited upon young black boys for whistling at a white woman . yeah. I think we're pretty far down the road from that. But I don't want to say we've arrived at some ideal place. We haven't."

The Story of Emmett Till

The brutal murder of Emmett Till might have been lost to time, just another of the thousands of lynchings that were perpetrated all over the United States after the Civil War. The Equal Justice Initiative has documented more than 4,400 lynchings, in 20 states (mostly in the Deep South), between 1877 and 1950.

Till's murder stands out separately from those, though, not because of its sheer violence — lynchings were, by definition, alarmingly savage — but because the particular inhumanity brought upon him was not automatically relegated to the inside pages of newspapers, as many others had been. Even in Mississippi, shortly after his death, news accounts almost immediately condemned the boy's murder. The governor of the state at the time — Gov. Hugh White — even spoke out against it.

Still, it wasn't until Till's mother, Mamie Till Bradley, demanded that her son be returned to Chicago for burial that the entire world took notice. She held an open-casket funeral to show what happened to him. He was beaten, shot, a 75-pound fan tied to his neck with barbed wire and then tossed into the Tallahatchie River, where he was found several days later. The brutality was hard to ignore.

"Oh, yes, we're going to open the casket," Bradley told documentarian Keith Beauchamp years later, in retelling the story of the day she saw her son's body return from Mississippi. "Let the people see what I see. I want the world to see this."

More than 100,000 people attended Till's funeral. Jet magazine published graphic photos — including one depicting Bradley above the coffin containing her battered son's body — and the outrage grew louder. When the two men accused of the murder, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, were acquitted by an all-white jury weeks later, anyone looking for further reason to put an end to lynching and demand racial justice had a rallying point.

What Really Happened?

What prompted Till's kidnapping and murder is still debated and, in reality, beside the point.

The jurors were told by Bryant's wife, Carolyn, that Till had whistled at her, come into the Bryant family store, grabbed her by the wrist, put his hands on her waist and bragged about being with white women.

It was a lie. She recanted that story years later. What she told author Timothy Tyson for his 2017 book, "The Blood of Emmett Till," strikes at the very truth of that night. "Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him," Bryant said.

Still, the original retelling of the encounter between 14-year-old Till and 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant has had remarkable staying power, despite the fact that version has been disavowed by its creator. A 1956 Look magazine article by William Bradford Huie, containing a "confession" from the murderers (Look paid them to be interviewed), was purported to tell the "true account" of the murder.

"That so-called confession continues, in some, to function as the history of what happened to Emmett Till that night," Houck says. "What the article has done, what I see, is it still divides Mississippi along black and white lines. 'Oh, Emmett Till was kind of this borderline rapist man-child who had it coming to him.' You will hear that in polite company in Mississippi to the present day."

The Aftermath of the Murder

Till's story had an immediate and profound effect on Americans at the time, both black and white — largely because of his mother's bold decision to display his body, and Jet's decision (among others, including the Chicago Defender) to publish the pictures. Former politician and activist Julian Bond, who died in 2015, explained in a foreword to Devery S. Anderson's indispensable look at the events, "Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement:"

Till's story was recounted throughout the 1960s as the Civil Rights Act became law. It is still widely cited by activists from Bond to Rosa Parks and beyond.

And the story of what happened in Mississippi in August 1955 may not be finished, either. Till's body was exhumed and positively identified as part of a 2004 Department of Justice reopening of the case, which resulted in no new charges. A Mississippi grand jury in 2007 found no evidence, suggested by documentarian Beauchamp that as many as 14 people may have taken part in his kidnapping and murder. In 2018, the Department of Justice again opened up an investigation it's evidently still pending.

Many articles, books and documentaries have been produced on the story. There's now an Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Mississippi. A few other museums are in the works. The state of Mississippi has several road signs that detail places in the Emmett Till story, though many of the signs continue to be shot and otherwise vandalized.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, dedicated to black people terrorized by lynching, opened in 2018, not far from The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Both are projects of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Charleston Jail

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The Tallahatchie County Jail in Charleston, MS may or may not have been involved in the murder of Emmett Till and the cover-up that followed.

According to the century’s most influential account of the murder, the so-called “confession” published in LOOK Magazine in January 1956, the Charleston jail played no role in the Till story. If we believe the LOOK account, then the murder was the carried out by J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant, both of whom were tried, and acquitted, in a court of law. It may be a sad story of racism taking the life of an innocent boy, but, at least LOOK would have you believe, each of the perpetrators stood trial.

In 1955, however, there was no such consensus. The black press believed that far more people were directly involved in the murder and, in 2006, the FBI confirmed that hunch. As the number of perpetrators grows, so too does the likelihood that the Tallahatchie County Jail in Charleston played a key role in restricting the number of men brought to trial.

The story began when Baltimore Afro-American reporter James Hicks went undercover at King’s Place—a Glendora, MS juke joint—where he was informed that two of Milam’s black employees were forced to be involved in Till’s kidnap and murder. The employees were Levi “Too Tight” Collins and Henry Lee Loggins. Because Loggins and Collins were eyewitnesses to the murder they held the potential, if they could be found and convinced to testify, to fundamentally alter the legal proceedings. They could have testified, for example, that Till was tortured on the Milam Plantation in Drew, MS by a party of at least four white men. They also, of course, could testify to the simple fact that Till was murdered (a fact the jury chose not to believe).

Loggins and Collins, however, could not be found. According to Hicks’s source, the men had been booked in this jail, in Charleston, 28 miles away from the trial, to preclude the possibility that they might be found and might testify. Concerns about the safety of the potential witnesses kept Hicks from pursuing this lead immediately. By the time prosecutors Gerald Chatham and Robert Smith checked the jail, there was no sign of Collins or Loggins.

Although neither Loggins nor Collins could be found to testify in the trial, the story Hicks learned at King’s Place—and which implicated this jail—was corroborated in 1955 by the work of Dr. T. R. M. Howard in Mound Bayou, in 1963 by historian Steve Whitaker, and in 2006 by the FBI. The more we learn about the Till case, the more likely it seems that Loggins and Collins were involved in the murder and detained here, lest they bear witness at the trial.

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1956: Look magazine publishes confession of two white men acquitted of killing Emmett Till in 1955.

Emmett Till’s Killers Confess in Look Magazine Article

On January 24, 1956, Look magazine published “The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi,” which detailed the August 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till, a black fourteen-year-old from Chicago who was savagely beaten, shot, and killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman, outside a local country store in the Mississippi Delta.

J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant graphically detailed for the article their abduction of Emmett Till from his uncle’s home, admitting that they pistol-whipped him, forced him to disrobe, tied a heavy cotton-gin fan around his neck with barbed wire, shot him, and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. Look magazine reportedly paid Milam and Bryant $4,000 for their confessions, given months after they had been acquitted by an all-white jury in Sumner, Mississippi.

J.W. Milam, far left, and Roy Bryant, far right, were acquitted of murder charges in the Emmett Till case.Here, they sit in court with their wives in Mississippi in 1955. AP file photo.

Look magazine published a follow-up article one year later entitled “What’s Happened to the Emmett Till Killers?” and reported that many black residents had stopped patronizing stores owned by the Milam and Bryant families, causing the businesses to close.

Milam and Bryant later died of cancer. In 2004, the United States Department of Justice reopened the case amid reports that other people, some still alive, had participated in Emmett Till’s murder. In 2005, the FBI exhumed Till’s body and performed an autopsy. In 2007, a grand jury decided not to seek indictments against any additional individuals.

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Die Carolyn Donham - 10/16/2008

My family is very excited about the reopening of this case, and I can't wait to see your grandmother crying on television when her dusty ass is convicted for the role she played in my cousin's death.

I know she's your grandmother so you're all endeared to her or something stupid like that, but what she did will not be ignored or go unpunished. I will see to that. And I feel NOTHING for you or your family. I'm from Mississippi, too, and I know your folks are just delta trash. A karmic payoff, I'd say.

Black&whitekiwi kiwi - 10/8/2008

She is not honest an honest person wouldn't let the family of Till suffer for all these years and to not even tell the truth so Mamie Till could pass in peace goes to show how remorseful this [email protected]#$ really is. I wouldn't read her book anyway NO-WAY in HELL would i purchase anything they may go to her or her family to enjoy any proceeds.

James brown - 10/5/2008

What does the book, I am a old smelly whore who helped kill a little boy. The End.This bitch does not deserve to tell her story. I am a white man, and i will admit I am a little bit racist, but when I learned about this story in school it made my heart bleed. I was just trying to google where she was buried at so I could take a big shit on her grave, but now I have heard she is alive. Rachael you and your family are some sick fucks, go fuck yourself! Rot in hell, all of you!

Ros Campbell - 9/21/2008

You know Rachel..what's with the friggin' mystic? I don't care about your grandmother regaling some long winded southern tale. she just needs to act human and answer the questions mainly to Till's family. Why can't she for just the right thing. over 50 years people has gotten 'no comments'. she don't need to write a book just to tell the truth.

Ros Campbell - 9/21/2008

Why would anyone think she these people should be left alone? They are old. and free. they should be old and imprisoned.

They didn't leave Till alone.

Ros Campbell - 9/21/2008

I doubt she told her husband to just forget it.

Ros Campbell - 9/21/2008

She apparently has no remorse. I wonder how would she feel if someone had treated Carolyn's son, who watches over her, in the manner Till was treated.
How nice it would have been for Till to be able to look over his mom (Mamie) in her aging years before her death.
Gee, Carolyn. only 4K for the interview with LOOK. even for that era coupled with a spot in history, you got pimped big time. I guess that's a lot of money if you come out of some cotton patch. yeah, you probably could get some new underwear at the dime store or something. go out on a shopping spree at the local Piggly Wiggly. that is, if you could get a ride.

Ros Campbell - 9/21/2008

Ros Campbell - 9/21/2008

Frightend of what? She married and lived with a friggin' monster? Till's wrists were broken, his legs were broken, his eyes were gouged out, he was lynched, shot, head bashed in, the crown of his skull came off when they pulled him from the river. his toungue had been cut out and shoved back in his mouth, teeth knocked out of his head, etc, etc. Why kind of person even thinks of doing this, let alone carrying the actions forward. She married a person who is capable of doing this. why in hell would she be afraid of a whitsle from a kid? I would be afraid of the damn husband!

Ros Campbell - 9/21/2008

Carolyn probably felt proud that he husband killed for her so called 'honor'. The Inbreds even made it profitable to tell their story to LOOK magazine. This sickens me. I'd be terrified of any human being that's capable doing such a horrific act. Carolyn was skinning and grinning with her murdering husband. she was proud of him.

Ros Campbell - 9/21/2008

I am glad she is scared. I hope she stays scared for the rest of her days. She is a typical Polly Anna poor white woman. they think everybody wants them (sexually). and to think what used to happen to young Black girls at the hands of white about violations! and creating levels of threat. Mississippi must be the epicenter for Anglo inbreeding. Ah F-the old broad!

Ros Campbell - 9/21/2008

It was common for white women to exaggerate situations about Black men. Many of Black men have been victimized because of the false accusations against them due to what some neutotic white woman has stated. It's hard for me to believe that a prankster kid did anything to cause her any real level of threat. He wolf whistled. big deal. Her sister-in-law knew about the ordeal It wasn't ALL African Americans participated in the information flow to her husband.

Pamela Harvey - 8/23/2008

This was 1955 and what she did was reprehensible. My father told me back in Louisiana was that all a white woman had to do was point and that Black man would be lynched or just simply disappear. But he also said "Never underestimate the power of an idiot an even the trashiest of the poor white trash had more power than a Ph.d Black person. And now this Caroyn Bryant hides behind the shadows like some cock roach. To hell with you ! By the way- who the hell will buy her sorry ass book. She probley had a ghost writer to do it.

Renee Thompson - 5/13/2008

Oh Carolyn, where are you? Oh yeah we know!! You'd better keep your eye out. We all now know in court you lied and helped Emmett get tortured and murdered. You helped them gauge his eyes out and beaten until the only way he was recognized was by the ring on his finger.

I hear Roy and JW died slowly and painfully, and I know you are too, PAINFUL can't be enough for me. You suffer now and when you go to hell where you will suffer eternal damnation. I hope you're sleeping with one eye open. Did you ever come out and apologize for what you have done? No. You are pure scum and not only I know you're suffering but it will pass down to your generations like the idiot grandchild on yours. Burn in hell Carolyn! You better make sure someone does not make that happen right now!

Renee Thompson - 5/13/2008

This is true, Carolyn can help bring some closure to this. But as we can see after all of these years she has chosen not to so as far as I'm concerned, the baby torturer killer does not feel any different. At this point in time, I would not trust one word out of her filthy disgusting killing mouth. There's a special place in hell for her. I even wonder if she has even decided to say something like she's sorry (though I know she's not) to at least the Till family.

Stanley stanthehitman51 Makupson - 5/2/2008

I can't believe that this so-called grand daughter wants to protect her family for something that all of them are responsible for some of Hitlers family lives here in the state the all changed there names for fear of retaliation I can't believe that your family has been able to live after all these years in the same area without being murdered. The book proceeds need to go to the Till family but hey I guess like the Man said before he died he did not make enough money off of killing that boy. Your family needs to suffer

Stanley stanthehitman51 Makupson - 5/2/2008

I can't believe that this so-called grand daughter wants to protect her family for something that all of them are responsible for some of Hitlers family lives here in the state the all changed there names for fear of retaliation I can't believe that your family has been able to live after all these years in the same area without being murdered. The book proceeds need to go to the Till family but hey I guess like the Man said before he died he did not make enough money off of killing that boy. Your family needs to suffer

John Young - 4/24/2008

If this post is real, and if Rachael Bryant is even real, I am surprised that Carolyn is willing to tell her story. She has lived more than 50 years in hiding from this event. Her son keeps watch over her and keeps reporters and historians away. I've spoken with a number of journalists who have tried to interview her but are denied. I think it is important to hear her story. She is the only one living who can bring closure to this story, if she is honest. I have often thought that she has the chance of being a kind of role model for repairing intolerance by telling her story and showing some remorse for what happened.
Can anyone shed light on her life up until this point?

Rachael Bryant - 4/13/2008

My mom is in the process of getting Carolyns account published. Be on the look out. I will not comment to anything further.

Rachael Bryant - 4/13/2008

I will not comment to anything. Just look for a book to be out, written by my mom and biography of Carolyn. Be on the look out, maybe another year or so.

Rachael Bryant - 4/13/2008

I will not comment anymore about my Grandmother. She and my mom will be releasing a book in about a year. Look out for it.

Rachael Bryant - 4/13/2008

There is a Book coming out soon about the case. Look for it in about a year.

Campbell Alan Cobb - 10/26/2007

How do you feel about your gm being married to a filthy cowardly child killer?

Georges best - 9/5/2007

I have just become interested in the Emmitt Till story after recently finishing the book authored by his mother. Reading letters on the discussion board, I am amazed by the poor level of discussion. Anyone bothering to check would see that almost all references agree that 1)Carolyn Bryant did not want to tell her husband about the incident (wolf whistling), probably knowing where it would lead 2) that Roy Bryant came to know about the incident from either a witness to the incident (and unfortunately they were all African Americans) or, indirectly, from someone a witness to the incident had spoken to about it. Sad to say but if witnesses had kept their mouth shut, Emmitt Till would probably still be alive today. If blame must be put, put it at the right place: Roy Bryant and his half-brother, who, in the twisted environment of those times, felt they had to avenge a perceived affront by killing a boy. Carolyn Bryant could be helpful in saying what really happened (was it just wolf whistling or more ?) but, today, nobody would believe her anyway.

Sue harviel - 3/31/2007

I feel SO sorry for the granddaughter and other relatives who were not involved in this horrendous crime. Having said that, just because someone is now old and infirm does not excuse their actions when young. Carolyn absolutely knew what would or possibly could happen to that young man when she admitted that he had whistled at her. I would like to honestly know if she has nightmares about what she caused. Does she cry at night when she's alone because of the burden of her guilt? Or does she just brush it off with "that's what he gets" or maybe "things were different in those days". Yes, they were but if she were a decent God fearing human she would come clean with what really happened and who was really involved. If nothing else Carolyn write it down and give it to your attorney to be read upon your death. Do something to ease the suffering of this young man's family. Young Till deserves AT LEAST that much. As for the black accomplishes, I feel it was either them or Mr. Till and if I were in the same situation, I would pick me over him. However, I don't see how they can live with themselves either. I know I couldn't if I stood by and allowed something like this to happen to a child no matter what my reasons. What a horrible time that was. When will we ever mend?

James F Thomas - 1/15/2007

She has had some visitors. This is a pretty frightening site. though folks like this aren't exactly know for their honesty.

She, like all of these other people, is scared, scared, scared.

AJ AJ - 1/15/2007

Rachel, your grandmother is a SLUT to the DEVIL. THAT DIRTY WHORE should have been hanged years ago along with her husband and his half brother who was a PIMP!

You IGNORANT PIG out of the gutter of hell go ROTE in HELL!

S Rassmussen - 12/4/2006

WOW where to start, Do you even have a clue as to what your grandmother caused? I mean, I can honestly understand a woman being scared of being grabbed or even comments being made to her. (if they even happened at all, I dont beleave they did). Ill tell you what happened, your "sweet, careing grandmother" was 21 or so at the time, she lived in a town where I can assume the only excitment at the time was watching paint dry. She was a young mother, and married to a very mean,bruital, domanearing man. She may have "loved" her husband but I can assume, "feared" him as well. She didnt get the attion she felt she deserved or maybe she craved the attion from her husband he never gave. The only way to get her husband to pay attion to her was to accuse a boy of someting like this. How could she, knowing full well the kind of man her husband was and knowing the way people felt at the time, in of all places the deep south 1950s and being that it was Miississippi the worst state for hatered at the time, how could she not know what might happen to this child. Dang lady, wake the hell up, this is 2006, get a clue, your "sweet, careing grandmother" (or however you choose to describe her) CAUSED one of the WORST cases in the civil rights history. Had she had a brain or ANY human emotions at the time, she would have KEPT it to herself, not said a word and a young boy would have been able to live. Plain and simple, she knew how her husband would react and she was just doing it for the attion from him. Would you, if it were your son, at 14, think it was ok for him to be murdered for something like this. I think NOT. May god have mercey on your granmothers sole for what she caused, because she like anyone else, weather they are 21 or 71 SHOULD NEVER get away with what she did.

Ashley traivs - 11/16/2006

I am curious to know also.

Alex Stevens - 11/15/2006

Does anyone know what Byrant has done with her life over these last 50 years? Did she work? Is she known in her community? How has she managed to live behind the shadow of such a historic moment without giving any public comments?

Patricia A Maldonado - 11/4/2006

Dear Rachael! I found it suprising to see you post and of course who wouldnt want to try and stand by their grandma's. Sadly we dont know how things were in the south in this day and age and how one might have felt to be hated just for being Black. I watched the Documentary about this murder. And it was sheer Racism. How horrible a person to stand and alow this to happen because of a "teeN' acting up !! I believer your poor grandma will suffer till they day she dies. She should confess and cleanse herself!

Justice Peace - 10/8/2006

I have read a number of these comments, and most seem to be driven by the same type of hate. No one is really in the position to cast stones all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We must repay evil with kindness and compassion. Those were ugly times, but we can't dwell there. I'm sure that the guys who told young Emmett to approach Mrs. Carolyn have lived with there fair amount of guilt as well. The point is no matter how tragic, painful, and senseless the death of Emmett Till was, we have to find the compassion to forgive, as Christ forgives us.

April Michelle Labbee - 10/5/2006

What in the hell was she frightened of? Did Emmett Till touch her? Did he threaten her? No, He flipping whistled at her. She could have blown it off and forgot about it but because she went and cried to her husband and then participated in kidnapping, torture and murder of that boy. Why? For a whistle? That is no justification for murder. She may be your grandmother and you may love her and respect her because you don't know any better. Your grandmother may be a sweet, loving person to you and her own family but to everyone else, she is a cold blooded, unfeeling, uncaring, ignorant MURDERER. Enjoy your time with her because honey, She is gonna rot in hell. You better believe that!

April Michelle Labbee - 10/5/2006

My son is only 2 years old and he is my baby but he will still be my baby when he is 14 and when he is 54. You, your husband and your brother in law are murderers. To me you are baby murderers because you killed that woman's baby. I hope you rot in hell with your family. How would you feel if someone murdered your baby because he whistled at someone? I don't know how you sleep at night. Just remember one thing, you may not pay for your crimes on this earth but hell is hot and you will pay when you meet God.

Maryam tabibi - 9/30/2006

I hope there is a slow burning hell so that when your grandmother dies(a horrible death) she may lie in it for the rest of eternity.
As for you, HOW DARE YOU DEFEND the slimeball that is your grandmother. As a woman, I have been "frightened" on many occasions by other men, but that did not result in any persons' tortureous death at the hands of my husband.
you have obviously followed in the path of your EVIL relatives in defending them. i am ashamed to live in the same universe as your kind.
and, really, do you know anything about the death of emmett till and your grandmother's involvement in it.

Timothy Cherry - 9/22/2006

Anyone who condones this type of thinking is as evil as the pits of hell. To brutally take human life and have no remorse is inhumane. These were people hiding behind Christianity. This woman has cursed her family for generations to come. Those involved with their freedom will suffer as well. God will judge accordingly.

Timothy Cherry - 9/22/2006

Anyone who condones this mentality it as evil as the pits of hell. To brutally take human life and have no remorse is inhumane. These were evil people hiding behind Christianity. This woman and her husband has cursed her family roots for generations to come. Those involved with their freedom will suffer as well. How can she bare to sleep at night? God will judge accordingly.

Alison silk kent - 8/30/2006

If not dead yet I hope that she has a slow painfull death. What she and your grandfather did is inexcusable. How you can try to defend a monster in unbelievable.Obviosly the apple hasnt fallen far.

Kirk W Vance - 8/27/2006

First of all, I am not in any way justifying the killing of Emmitt Till. It was brutal and justice should have been served to Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam. However, as it has been pointed out in every in-depth article concerning this case, Carolyn Bryant did not want her husband to know about the encounter between her and Emmitt Till(whatever actually happened- since every witness has given a different story).
According to William Huie (who investigated the story as deeply as anyone, who recorded Mr. Milam's confession, and was a strong advocate of Civil Rights), Mrs. Bryant "didn't run to anyone and holler rape. Stories had her 'running to her husband demanding death.' All lies. All efforts to make her into a Tennessee Williams or Erskine Caldwell character. Carolyn Bryant is poor and pretty but she is a responsible wife and mother. Her conduct was circumspect. Far from wanting anybody beaten or killed, she wanted the incident forgotten. Neither she nor Juanita Milam would ever have told a white man. During Friday afternoon, Roy reached the store, and shortly thereafter a Negro told him what 'the talk' was, and told him that the 'Chicago boy' was 'visitin’ Preacher.' Carolyn admitted 'the talk,' urged Roy to forget it."
According to The California Eagle's in depth investigation in 1955, a "Negro snitch told [Mr. Bryant] that the 'Chicago boy' had whistled at Carolyn." According to the 1955 booklet "Time Bomb", "The boys went back to the store Friday and nothing was said in reference to their previous visit. It is believed, however, that the whistle incident was marked by one of the men who was within earshot. It is believed such a person may have sought a favor, or perhaps easy credit at the store, by distorting the story for the benefit of Roy Bryant who had been out of town during the week."
Again, it was NOT CAROLYN who mentioned it to her husband. SHE WANTED THE INCIDENT FORGOTTEN. Finally, in an article published in Emerge Magazine in 1995, "By all accounts, Carolyn Bryant did not relay whatever was said Wednesday night to her husband, Roy, who at the time was working out of town with his half–brother, J.W. Milam. They were hauling shrimp from New Orleans to Brownsville, Texas.
The following day, Thursday, was uneventful. But on Friday, Maurice Wright, the oldest of the cousins who had been with Till in the store, made a deadly mistake. According to Crosby Smith, 'Maurice told [Roy] Bryant how Emmett had told his wife what a good–looking woman she was. But he also added a whole lot more to it than there actually was.' Smith said Maurice, a Southerner, 'had been living down here long enough to know that was a dangerous thing to do.'In addition to getting 50 cents in store credit for telling Roy Bryant the story, Crosby Smith suggested Maurice had an additional motive. 'You see, here was this Chicago boy, dressed in fine clothes and carrying a little money in his pocket. I don't think Maurice liked Emmett much, but I don't guess he figured what was going to happen to him, either.'
Mrs. Till said Maurice, who died about five years ago, was haunted by Bo's death. 'I asked Wheeler [Parker, a cousin], `What is wrong with Maurice? It looks like he can't hold himself together.' He told me these words. He said, `Maurice said Bo just won't let him alone'"
All of these articles can be found at
While the death of Emmitt Till was a horrible tragedy, I think that the two who deserve punishment are already dead. Posting a 72 year old woman's phone number and sending letters wishing for her to have a slow death are misguided and won't solve anything, especially when it is a fact that she did not in any way encourage her husband to commit his horrible deed.

Kayla J Russo - 8/1/2006

I am actually slighty sad for you, lady. I think of my grandmothers and what loving beautiful kind ladies they are. I love to sit and listen to their funny old stories from their youth. They did such a good job raising intelligent, worldly individuals. And who do you have to look up to? Carolyn "I'm So Frightened Of Anything Lacking A Ruby Red Neck" Bryant-Donham. How horrible for you. I just really pray that the ugly curse of ignorance and stupidity has skipped you and your generation in that family and that hopefully you and yours aren't out still trying to get little teenage children of color killed in the worst way imaginable. Karma, honey-and if you don't know what karma is look it up.

Robert K Moore - 7/27/2006

It is a crime when someone kills another, regardless of their ethnicity. It is also a crime when someone points to and singles out someone to be killed. That person is an accessory before the fact. If other people fall into this category, regardless of their age and/or color, they must be held accountable. By now, in the twilight of their years, I am certain that they all know this.

With this said, I would like to also mention that since the civil war and President Lincoln's assassination, the south's reconstruction and to the present had been a time of fear for each ethnic community of the other. When something like a black man flirting, in any sense of the word, to a white woman. Something needed to be done. If Bryant hadn't done anything to Till, something would have happened to him. If the other suspected black men (Loggins?) hadn't turned in Till, they too may have been hurt or killed.

People have said some unfriendly words on this board and we say they that we are a Christians, but where is the forgiveness?

Also, Carolyn, Loggins and others must finish this story so we can all learn from this and put it to rest.

Robert K Moore - 7/27/2006

It is a crime when someone kills another, regardless of their ethnicity. It is also a crime when someone points to and singles out someone to be killed. That person is an accessory before the fact. If other people fall into this category, regardless of their age and/or color, they must be held accountable. By now, in the twilight of their years, I am certain that they all know this.

With this said, I would like to also mention that since the civil war and President Lincoln's assassination, the south's reconstruction and to the present had been a time of fear for each ethnic community of the other. When something like a black man flirting, in any sense of the word, to a white woman. Something needed to be done. If Bryant hadn't done anything to Till, something would have happened to him. If the other suspected black men (Loggins?) hadn't turned in Till, they too may have been hurt or killed.

People have said some unfriendly words on this board and we say they that we are a Christians, but where is the forgiveness?

Also, Carolyn, Loggins and others must finish this story so we can all learn from this and put it to rest.

Shelly L Branch - 7/24/2006

Rachael, the best thing you can do for your grandomther is to not be like her. I know she was a product of her environment at that time but just unlike a lot of whites in those times who didn't except the evil idiologies of racism, she took the easy way out. Jesus suffered for all of our sins so his children to come after him won't have to suffer. See the relation? She didn't suffer the resistance to change and now YOU are paying the price for her sin.

I don't know you but I do know that change in your families suffering will start in YOU. If you are willing to face this firing squad for your grandmother, you are stronge enough to be the complete opposite of what she once was.

You can alwasy take the easy way out and consume the same hatred but to go the other direction and stop evil in it's path would give you the true meaning of being Christ-like.

Eleanor Stewart - 6/1/2006

Rachael, you sound a lot like your grandmother.
That is sad.

Eleanor Stewart - 6/1/2006

It happened a long time ago. And there is no statute of limitations on murder, for a reason.

The Nazi concentration camps happened a long time ago, too.

If we forget, we are doomed to repeating the horrors of history.

And that woman is a horror of history. SHe should be arrested and prosecuted.

Eleanor Stewart - 6/1/2006

I hope the FBI arrests and prosecutes that woman. Someone involved should finally be held accountable for the death of that boy.

Eleanor Stewart - 6/1/2006

It is sad that the grandchild of this woman defends her. I would not defend a relative who was a bigot, and caused the death of a child.
What is saddest of all is that racism is generational - the children of racists often become racists.

As to blacks overtaking the country. I would hope that all races can be equally represented in this country. Otherwise, the Civil Rights fight was in vain.

Precious Packnett - 4/20/2006

"It" in the case, the struggle, the injustices, the pain, the hurt WASN'T that long ago. Forget the past?? You fail to understand that our history directly and indirectly affects Black culture, Black people, Black lives. So until all race matters and issues are mediated and the worlds lives in peace and harmony, this will ALWAYS be a subject.

Precious Packnett - 4/20/2006

I think to go as far as referring to anyone as a "discrace of a human being" is ridiculous. What was done to Emmet Till and his family is a disgrace. An apology is owed by someone that possesses the commonality of blood in that family. Accountability needs to be assumed and the truth needs to be told as well. So before you try to justify her emotional state at that time, and support that she "did nothing wrong". check the facts.

Joseph Samuel Aubry - 4/1/2006

I do not Hate anyone at all. And I would not turn anyone in for what ever they put in on this message board. Unless it was really bad. About the Emmett Till case The main ones who did it are know dead and sense it could not happen today in Mississippi maybe it would be best to forget it. Roy Bryant (1931-1994) was one of the accused killers. Born in Charleston, Mississippi, Tallahatchie Country married Carolyn in 1951 and thay had three sons He also had a daughter before his marriage to Carolyn. Him and Carolyn were divorced in 1979. He was not to honest either at seems. He was indicted for buying food stamps for less than their value and then selling them at full price. Two times. Lost his feet due to diabetes and eventually died of caner at the Baptist Hosital in Jackson, Mississippi. Also John William Milam (1919-1980) was a accused murderer. Also born in Charleston. Married Juanita Thompson in 1949. After the acquittal of both killers thay confessed to the crime for $3500 to reporter William Bradford Huie and it was published in Look Magazine. He worked in Greenville, Mississippe and was retired at the time of his death of cancer. The woman Carolyn (Holloway) Bryant 1934- ) was born in Indianola, Sunflower County, Mississippi and at 17 won two beauty contests. She was the alleged victim of a "wolf whistle" by Till at the store. She testified duringthe murder trial that on the occasion of the whistle, "a Negro man" had grabbed her and asked her for a date. Judge Curtis Swango decided that her court testimony was not admissible before the jury. She had two sons with Roy Bryant at the time of the trial and later had a third by him. Thay moved to Texas but returned to Mississippi in 1972. She was married four times. Also to a Billy Wilson but her last name is know Donham. I do not know the other one. She know lives in Greenville Mississippi, Washington County, Mississippi, and has refused all requests to discuss the case. She has been under investigation by the FBI as a accomplice in the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. Also a black man Henry Lee Looggins (1927- ) could be and accomplice in the case. Robert Hodges (1938- ) was the young fisherman who discovered Emmett Till's body in the Tallahatchie River at a spot called Pecan Point, near Phipp, on August 31, 1955. I think about 12 miles north of Money, Mississippi. He was a witness for the prosecution at the murder trial. Also Emmett Till's father was executed by General Dwight D. Eisenhower at the end of World War II (I think about 1945) for killing a Italian white woman and raping three other Italian white women. I know the son should not be held for what his father did. With all this done what can we do. Am I to call all are past history people racist in American history. Presidents like George Wasington - Thomas Jefferson - Andrew Jackson and lesser know president James Madison all owned slaves. Most people who lived in this county 100 years ago would have been racist because most if not about all were for segregation. Am I to throw my hole countys history away. By the way if anyone wants Carolyn (Bryant) Donham's address and phone number I can E-MAIL them to you. I do not want to put them here. I have never called her or anyone else. Thier is a no trespassing sign on the propriety. [email protected]

Joseph Samuel Aubry - 4/1/2006

I do not Hate Anyone at All.

Nicole A Randle - 3/30/2006

Well I am sorry Rachael, but your grandma was the cause of a brutal murder to a 14 year old kid. Emmett was not a grown man. You have to be a savage to allow or be responsible for such a crime. As far as your Grandfather he is the biggest coward in the history of America. I bet if he tried to hurt Emmett by himself he would not have won. White people kill me when they try to act as though blacks are such a threat, but in all truth white people are the threat (serial killers,etc.). I am glad to hear that Roy died from cancer. I hope he suffered. Also Rachael if you don't want to live life being an outsider you should tell your Grandma that she should tell the truth about what happened instead of running. If she is such a frightened old lady who is kind and sweet there should be no reason for her to hold back information from Emmett's family. I'm sure Roy told her everything they did to him that night. As long as she is hiding we know she feels guilty. I also hope you don't hate black people, because we are taking over! Everything blacks do white people want to be a part of it. One thing you can count on, when we take over the U.S. we will not lynch or beat on white people just for the fun of it and especially not kids! I hope more black men and youths that live near your Grandma find out about who she is and I hope they whistle all day long. One question I need you to answer is would you be ok with someone doing the same thing to your grandma that they did to Emmett? Please answer since you are so defensive!

Robert Anderson - 2/4/2006

What else do you know about your grandmother and the death of Emmett Till?

Robert Anderson - 2/4/2006

"She was just a woman that was frightened."

What else do you know about your grandmother and the death of Emmett Till?

Rachael Bryant - 1/31/2006

You need to rot in hell! Dont hurt my grandma or i will hurt you!

Rachael Bryant - 1/31/2006

She is not a ugly, wrinkled old lady. She is my grandmother and I love her. You should be ashamed of yourself you discrace of a human being. She did nothing wrong. She was just a woman that was frightened.

Ydoyouwanttoknow? woteva hush - 1/25/2006

That is so true.I am asian too.White people can be so cruel.And some are so nice.It's funny the world is round and not triangle.

Ydoyouwanttoknow? woteva hush - 1/25/2006

OMG!I live in Greenville,MS(but moved from california).
P.S.I think I might see her in Wal-Mart.

Ydoyouwanttoknow? woteva hush - 1/25/2006

Yea?Well,I live in Mississippi(came from Cali)and live in the same CITY as this old coot,the ugly carolyn.Greenville,MS.That's right.I'm serious.
P.S.Racist.This is an IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER. Racist.STOP BEING RACY!!Go report i care.i just wanted to comment.this is not even my email.

Ydoyouwanttoknow? woteva hush - 1/25/2006

Of course they want to find the truth!Hey,what if YOU were the guy's race?I would be SO freakin' mad.I live in Greenville,MS where this old coot lives.And I'm serious.Majority of the black people live here.
P.S.You sound like a racist to me.Get out.Go ahead.Report me.Like I care.I just wanted to comment here.

Ydoyouwanttoknow? woteva hush - 1/25/2006

Really.I live in Greenville,MS,where she lives now.I don't like that ugly old coot.I sometimes see her at Wal-Mart.

Ydoyouwanttoknow? woteva hush - 1/25/2006

I live in Greenville,MS.I think I may know where she lives.I don't like her too.Ugly Marylin Monroe.That ugly,wrinkled old lady that smells like an old fart.
-13year old

Cecelia Nora Joyce - 11/23/2005

Some of the culture of the south should be remembered when condemning the 12 jurors who acquitted the two men. We should remember there were probably very few white men in Mississippi at the time who would have found them guilty.

Also, the search for black accomplices I think is more in search of the truth than of a conviction. There can be no doubt that refusal to do their master's bidding in such a situation would probably have been tantamount to a death wish, and I don't think any black servant who was involved is likely to be convicted in this case.

I do think any kind of victimisation of any of those involved in the case, Carolyn Donham, the jurors etc. is really just lowering yourself to their level and should be avoided.

Cecelia Nora Joyce - 11/23/2005

I think it is very easy to generally say that there should be less hate, and that the past should be left in the past. It is sad that the reopened case will result in findings against old people, but in this case, as justice was denied Emmett Till, it is not enough to say that those people should just be left alone. I think the reopening of the case is less in order to punish the perpetrators for their wrongdoing, and more to bring justice on behalf of a young boy who was horrifically murdered, and then denied that same justice over half a century ago. It is also for the people he left behind. They want to know the truth.

Joseph Samuel Aubry - 6/22/2005

It Is so long ago I would said to forget it. What good is it going to do but put a few old people in jail for the rest of there lives. I don't believe it could happen today in Mississippi. I would say the blacks have most of their rights know. Even though some things are still segregated. Do not people have the right to associate with the people thay want to in their private lives. I am from Illinois but was in Mississippi in february and may of this year 2005. I was also in Mississippi in the early 1960s and it is a lot differenet now. So lets just forget the past it is differenet now.

Earl C Grinstead - 6/22/2005

I hope you know that you, your late husband, and J.W. Milam helped divide a nation with your racist views and actions. This may have been just one piece of the civil rights puzzle but this piece is so important. Thank God that the justice department has decided to reopening this case. I hope after all of the investigating that you will be found just as guilty as the two men that actually took this young mans life. It's sad to see that after all these years that finally justice is being served to these older white people that have committed these hainous crimes in the sixties. You all should be enjoying life and your grand children. But as they say "you sleep in the bed that you make". Finally, Emmitt Till gets to have his say.

R. Winton - 6/5/2005

Since Ms. Bryant/Donham may be one of the last people alive who knows the whole truth about the murder of Emmett Till (which hopefully she will divulge) and because in the most widely documented version of the affair she at least tried conceal the incident with Emmett from her husband it may not be wise or even "fair" to harrass her.

In my opinion the ones who deserve a big dose of "payback" are the 12 jurors who intentionly freed two child killers. I've read nothing about them. I would like to see more about each of them including any improprieties they may have committed as jurors. I also would like to know what became of each of them including what any (who are still alive) are doing now. This is where any new investigation should focus.

Lastly, I read that there are discussions of reopening the investigation with some focus on black accomplices to the murder. To think that the two primary (and perhaps only) criminals including the self-confessed trigger man got off scott free and while secondary figure who is a black guy might actually stand some chance of criminal conviction seems completely absurd to me. Just think of the possibility--the only person convicted in the murder of Emmett Till is an old black guy--I can't believe anyone with half a brain would even consider such a thing.

This is a very interesting and sad event (and also a big piece of American history)--but I think it led to a better world for everyone, so young Till's death was not in vain.

Bryan W. Avery - 6/2/2005

I am delighted to see that African-American history can be of some interest to Asian Americans. I have an interest in Asian-American history, as well as Asia itself. I grew up in a multi-cultural, military-brat society. I think that's partly why I have such interest. It has been my experience that many Asians/Americans of Asian descent seem to wholeheartedly accept the negative views put forth hateful white folk and consider us as the subhumans we are described as. Just wondering, what makes you different? (BTW, I DO understand that sword can cut both ways!)

Winfred Caddell - 6/1/2005

I intend to write a snail mail letter to her at her son's house and wish her a slow death. The address there is 113 OAK DR GREENVILLE MS 38701. His phone number is (662) 332-8395 . I looked up and found her phone number. (662) 332-0497. I hope she's in fear for the rest of her life.

Child in Christ - 4/17/2005

Nobody is born a racist. Racism is taught by ones environment, upbringing, and socio-cultural environment. I know that if Carolyn and even Roy and J.W. had been brought up in a loving black family, they wouldn't be the way they were in 1955. They would be different in their attitudes and thinking. I would approach Carolyn as Dr. Billy Graham would approach her - she needs the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, not stones of hatred hurled at her. I'm sure she regrets the kids telling their husbands what happened at the store that August day in 1955. They had originally intended to keep silent about the incident with their husbands.

Child in Christ - 4/17/2005

Being a person of colour myself, I think you ought to realise that racism is a UNIVERSAL problem and one which is taught and learnt by upbringing, and socio-cultural environment. Even Lynden Baines Johnson, the only President who could bring Civil Rights and change to Jim Crow South, because of his power, influence, and background, had to compromise his principles on civil rights as a congressman or he would have become unemployed from politics.

I am sure that Carolyn deeply regrets what happened in 1955 as much as Senator Byrd regrets his KKK past.

Child in Christ - 4/17/2005

Before the Lord saved Saul's soul, Saul was a prime enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ. On his way to Damascus, the Lord had changed Saul's life. Saul became a Christian and become Paul, the Apostle. Paul wrote the most important epistles for the Christian church (Romans to Hebrews).

As a Christian, I know my heart because the Lord tells me all about our heart in the bible. I know from the bible, all of us are sinners, and outside the grace of God, we are no better or different than Joe Stalin or Adolf Hitler or Saul, who helped in having Christians killed.

Carolyn Bryant is not white trash or evil scum. She is, like everyone else, the result of her upbringing, environment, and socio-cultural background at a time period in American history when it was not considered racist to have anti-miscegenation, segregation, and apartheid type laws.

ALL OF US ARE PRODUCTS OF OUR UPBRINGING, SOCIO-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT, PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, TIME PERIOD. None of us, except for the Lord Jesus Christ, is beyond the elements of space and time. Only by the grace of God, is any of us compassionate or blessed in any way. None of us have chosen what our skin colour is, what gender we are, where we were born, what family we would be born into, what time period we were born into.

Let us pray for Carolyn that God would save her soul and bring peace into her life.

Jisoo Kim - 4/6/2005

What angers me is that the people responsible for the evil done to Emmett are either dead or saddly undereducated to read all that is being written towards them.

They cut short the life of a bright young man knowing that they'll be fully protected under the southern white law, but obviously short sited by ignorance to realize that the Golden Rule apply to all regardless of color. It appears both brothers died from cancer, and lets hope that wifey suffers from horrible fits of nightmares every breathing moment. Prosperity and joy are hard to come by when you are the source of many heartache.

Stephanie L Wright - 2/25/2005

she should rot in hell for all the things shedid

Kam nielsen - 11/6/2004

White Trash is a good word for her but White scum or evil scum. I hope every night when you sleep you are haunted by what you did and when god comes to judge you boy are you going to hell.

Mary chang - 10/28/2004

I suppose she is just typical white trash -- husband & brother couldn't even afford their own lawyer.

Judith Charles - 10/25/2004

This letter goesstrictly out to Carolyn( the ugly Marilyn Monroe) and a few others.

Killers’ Confession | The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi | PBS

Editors Note: In the long history of man’s inhumanity to man, racial conflict has produced some of the most horrible examples of brutality. The recent slaying of Emmett Till in Mississippi is a case in point. The editors of Look are convinced that they are presenting here, for the first time, the real story of that killing — the story no jury heard and no newspaper reader saw.

Disclosed here is the true account of the slaying in Mississippi of a Negro youth named Emmett Till.

Local Sheriff in Texas Permits the Lynching of a 15-Year-Old Black Boy in Broad Daylight | EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

Last September in Sumner, Miss., a petit jury found the youth’s admitted abductors not guilty of murder. In November, in Greenwood, a grand jury declined to indict them for kidnapping.

Of the murder trial, the Memphis Commercial Appeal said: “Evidence necessary for convicting on a murder charge was lacking.” But with truth absent, hypocrisy and myth have flourished. Now, hypocrisy can be exposed myth dispelled. Here are the facts.


Gardner "Mike" Cowles Jr. (1903–1985), the magazine's co-founder (with his brother John) and first editor, was executive editor of The Des Moines Register and The Des Moines Tribune. When the first issue went on sale in early 1937, it sold 705,000 copies. [1] [2]

Although planned to begin with the January 1937 issue, the actual first issue of Look to be distributed was the February 1937 issue, numbered as Volume 1, Number 2. It was published monthly for five issues (February–May 1937), then switched to biweekly starting with the May 11, 1937 issue. Page numbering on early issues counted the front cover as page one. Early issues, subtitled Monthly Picture Magazine, carried no advertising. [3]

The unusual format of the early issues featured layouts of photos with long captions or very short articles. The magazine's backers described it as "an experiment based on the tremendous unfilled demand for extraordinary news and feature pictures". It was aimed at a broader readership than Life, promising trade papers that Look would have "reader interest for yourself, for your wife, for your private secretary, for your office boy". [4]

Highlights Edit

From 1946 to 1970, Look published the Football Writers Association of America College All America Football Team and brought players and selected writers to New York City for a celebration. During that 25-year period, the FWAA team was introduced on national television shows by Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Perry Como, and others.

Its January 24, 1956, article "The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi", included murder confessions from J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant, who had been acquitted in 1955 of killing 14-year-old boy Emmett Till. [5] [6]

Within weeks of its debut, more than a million copies were bought of each issue, [7] and it became a biweekly. By 1948, it sold 2.9 million copies per issue. [8] Circulation reached 3.7 million in 1954, [9] and peaked at 7.75 million in 1969. Its advertising revenue reached its highest point in 1966 at $80 million. [10] Of the leading general-interest, large-format magazines, Look had a circulation second only to Life and ahead of The Saturday Evening Post, which closed in 1969, and Collier's, which folded in 1956.

Look was published under various company names: Look, Inc. (1937–45), Cowles Magazines (1946–65), and Cowles Communications, Inc. (1965–71). Its New York editorial offices were located in the architecturally distinctive 488 Madison Avenue, dubbed the "Look Building", now on the National Register of Historic Places.

KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov, regarding the October 1967 Russia Today issue, said: "From the first page to the last page, it was a package of lies: propaganda cliché[s] which were presented to American readers as opinions and deductions of American journalists. Nothing could be [further] from [the] truth." [11] He goes on to explain exactly how the Look reporters were compromised. [12]

Look ceased publication with its issue of October 19, 1971, the victim of a $5 million loss in revenues in 1970 (with television cutting deeply into its advertising revenues), a slack economy, and rising postal rates. Circulation was at 6.5 million when it closed. [10]

French publisher Hachette brought back Look, the Picture Newsmagazine in February 1979 as a biweekly in a slightly smaller size. It lasted only a year. Subscribers received copies of Esquire to fulfill their terms.

The Look Magazine Photograph Collection was donated to the Library of Congress and contains about five million items. [13]

After the closure, six Look employees created a fulfillment house using the computer system newly developed by the magazine's circulation department. [14] The company, CDS Global, is now an international provider of customer relationship services.

Stanley Kubrick Edit

Stanley Kubrick was a staff photographer for Look before starting his feature-film career. Of the more than 300 assignments Kubrick did for Look from 1946 to 1951, more than 100 are in the Library of Congress collection. All Look jobs with which he was associated have been cataloged with descriptions focusing on the images that were printed. Other related Kubrick material is located at the Museum of the City of New York. [15]

James Karales Edit

James Karales was a photographer for Look from 1960 to 1971. Covering the Civil Rights Movement throughout its duration, he took many memorable photographs, including the iconic photograph of the Selma to Montgomery march showing people proudly marching along the highway under a cloudy, turbulent sky. [16]

Norman Rockwell Edit

Beginning in 1963, Norman Rockwell, after closing his career with the Saturday Evening Post, began making illustrations for Look.

Emmett Till

In the summer of 1955, 14-year-old African-American Emmett Till had gone on vacation from Chicago to visit family in Money, Mississippi. He was shopping at a store owned by Roy and Carolyn Bryant—and someone said he whistled at Mrs. Bryant, a white woman.

At some point around August 28, he was kidnapped, beaten, shot in the head, had a large metal fan tied to his neck with barbed wire, and was thrown into the Tallahatchie River. His body was soon recovered, and an investigation was opened.

It took fewer than four weeks for the case to go to trial: Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam were accused of the murder, and an all white, all male jury acquitted both of them. No one else was ever indicted or prosecuted for involvement in the kidnapping or murder. Bryant and Milam, though, later confessed and told a magazine journalist all the grisly details of their crime. They are both, now, long deceased.

In May 2004, the FBI reopened the investigation to determine if other individuals were involved, working with the Mississippi District Attorney, U.S. Attorney, federal attorneys, and local law enforcement. Till's body was exhumed for an autopsy in 2005. In March 2006, the FBI announced that information developed in its exhaustive investigation confirmed the Department of Justice's earlier conclusion that the five-year statute of limitations on any potential federal criminal civil rights violation had expired, thereby precluding federal prosecution of this case. The FBI reported the results of its investigation to Joyce Chiles, the District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District of Mississippi.

Although justice has not been served in the case, the tragic murder helped galvanize the growing civil rights movement in this country in the 1950s and beyond. 

Watch the video: On the 65th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till (May 2022).


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