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More than sixty years after the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till after he allegedly whistled at a white woman, his accuser has revealed that she greatly exaggerated claims that led to his lynching, according to Boom 94.

The Blood of Emmett Till, a new book by Timothy Tyson, claims that Carolyn Bryant Donham admits to lying about Till whistling at her, prompting a mob of White men to pursue and kill him in Money, Mississippi, at the height of Jim Crow laws in 1955.

Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” Donham is quoted as saying in the book, writes the New York Daily News:

The woman’s husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Miliam, were charged with murdering Till, whose mutilated body was found in the muddy Tallahatchie River. […]

At trial, Carolyn Bryant delivered the most explosive testimony, claiming that Till had grabbed and threatened her inside her husband’s store. […]

“That part’s not true,” she says in Tyson’s book, according to Vanity Fair about Till’s alleged verbal and physical advances.

The killing was a pivotal movement in the civil rights movement: “Especially, when his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, made the bold move to show the world her son’s disfigured body in an open casket funeral. The impact of this decision would influence JET Magazine to make the powerful image a cover story that ignited the fight for Civil Rights.”

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