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An undated portrait of Emmett Louis Till, a black 14 year old Chicago boy, whose weighted down body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, Mississippi, August 31, 1955. Local residents Roy Bryant, 24, and J.W. Milam, 35, were accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering Till for allegedly whistling at Bryant's wife. (AP Photo)

The woman's story that led to the ultimate death of Emmett Till admitted she had lied


The woman who accused Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American, of flirting with her may have fabricated the story that led to Till's brutal beating and lynching, a new book by Duke University senior research scholar Timothy Tyson suggests. 

Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old white woman who worked at a grocery store in Mississippi, claimed that Till either whistled, catcalled, caressed, or flirted with her. But in Tyson's new book, "The Blood of Emmett Till," Bryant said she lied about most of the accusations. 

"That part’s not true," she said when Tyson spoke to her in 2007 when she was 72 years old.

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him," she added.

Till's story shocked the American consciousness when his mother held an open casket to "let the world see what has happened." Till's mutilated body and face were on display for five days.

Tyson is the only person to have interviewed Bryant, and according to Variety Fair, she reached out to him because she admired one of his previous books.

If Till were still alive, he would have been 75 years old. 

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