"That's his hazel eye," Mrs. Till said. "Where is the other one?"
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That big .45 jumped in Big Milam's hand. The youth turned to catch that big, expanding bullet at his right ear. He dropped.
In Money, Mississippi
on August 24, 1955, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant abducted 14-year-old Emmet "Bobo" Till
, tortured him, shot him in the head, and dumped his body in the river for whistling at a white woman
. Emmett's mother insisted on an open-casket funeral so people could see what had happened to her son. On September 15, 1955, Jet
magazine published photos
[NSFW] of Emmett's corpse, which brought the case national attention and helped ignite
the civil rights movement
. On September 23, 1955, an all-white jury acquitted
Bryant and Milam after deliberating for about an hour. Milam and Bryant confessed in a January 24 , 1966, Look magazine article
. Milam died in 1980 and Bryant died in 1990. After reopening the case
in 2004 based on new evidence
that more people may have been involved, the Justice Department closed the case today
without filing any new charges. [more inside]