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After 50 Years FBI Exhumes Body of Emmett Till for Clues (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jun, 2 2005 @ 01:47 AM
Some 50 years after his mutilated body was found, the FBI has exhumed the body of Emmett Till in an effort to find more clues. The 14 year old Till was found murdered three days after he had disappeared. The murder was reportedly for whistling at a white woman. No autopsy had been performed in 1955. The murder helped kindle the civil rights movement in the United States. Two suspects were tried and acquitted, and have since died.


ALSIP, Ill. - Nearly 50 years after Emmett Till's mutilated body was found in a Mississippi river, federal investigators Wednesday unearthed the Chicago teen's casket in hopes of finding clues to a murder that helped kindle the civil rights movement.

Mississippi prosecutors and the FBI have said DNA or other evidence might help determine who killed the black 14-year-old and whether anyone still alive should be prosecuted.

Till's body was found by fishermen in the Tallahatchie River in August 1955, three days after he was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., reportedly for whistling at a white woman.

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Supposedly the two that were acquitted did brag about doing the killings but no doubt had an "OJ" type jury that let them off. The defense claims that Till was alive and the family hopes that the autopsy will dispel that notion once and for all. My big question is what exactly took them so long to do this?

[edit on 6/2/05 by FredT]


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