White Woman Admits to Lying About Black Boy Flirting With Her

  • White Woman Admits to Lying About Black Boy Flirting With Her

White Woman Admits to Lying About Black Boy Flirting With Her

When 14-year-old Emmett Till walked into a MS store in August 1955, the black teen had no clue that his entrance would lead to his untimely death.

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.

Till's murder became the flashpoint in the American civil-rights movement. The woman, Carolyn Bryant, claimed that Till spoke to her in a suggestive manner while other accounts claim he just whistled at her.

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him", Donham said.

What's more is that Bryant approached Tyson at first, mainly because she had been spending some time to write her memories, which will be available for viewing no earlier than 2036, as the Southern Historical Collection holds the document at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill library archives.

"I$3 n 2007, at age 72...[Carolyn] confessed that she had fabricated the most sensational part of her testimony".

Carolyn Bryant went into hiding in the years after the trial.

Despite mountains of evidence, Roy Bryant and Miliam were acquitted by an all-white jury. She said that while she was unable to utter the "unprintable" word he had used.

"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 August 24, 1955, to buy 2 cents worth of gum. Indeed, he asserts that for days after the murders, and until the trial, she was kept in seclusion by her husband's family. At 82, Donham should be arrested and forced to spend the rest of her life behind bars.

Tyson's book is due to be published next week by Simon & Schuster.

Now living privately protected by family, Bryant added that she felt sorrow for Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley.

The admission is detailed in a new Vanity Fair article on the book, prompting a renewed conversation on social media about the heinous 1950s hate crime. She also expressed sympathy and "tender sorrow" for Mamie Till-Mobley and said she couldn't imagine the pain Mobley felt after losing Emmett until she lost one of her own sons.

For the first time, the woman who testified she was "scared to death" after Emmett Till grabbed and threatened her has admitted she made it up.

After Emmett's death, she insisted that his funeral be an open casket, so that the world could see what had been done to him as a result of racism.