Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman whose accusation led to the brutal killing of teenager Emmett Till has died. The kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Till attracted international attention when his mother Mamie Till Mobley insisted on holding an open-casket funeral so the world could see his brutalized body.
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In August 1955, Till traveled from Chicago to visit relatives in Mississippi, where Donham accused him of making improper advances on her at a grocery store. Wheeler Parker, a cousin of Till who was there, has said 14-year-old Till whistled at the woman- an act that flew in the face of Mississippi’s racist social codes of the era.
A Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict the women whose accusation set off the lynching of Emmett Till. Most likely known as the case that shocked the nation and sparked the civil rights movement, this case is officially being closed after over 70 years of investigation. Just shy of last week, Leflore County grand jury determined there was insufficient evidence to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham on charges of kidnapping and manslaughter after hearing seven hours of testimony from investigators and witnesses, says Dewyyane Richardson, the Leflore County District Attorney.