|Pictured Left: Emmett Till, Right, Carolyn Bryant and her two sons. Photos courtesy of Getty Images|
The woman responsible for Emmett Till being killed after accusing him of whistling at her has admitted it was all a lie. 62 years later.
In September 1955, Emmett Till was accused of whistling at a white woman, who we know as Carolyn Bryant. Till, 14, while visiting family in Mississippi, entered a store to purchase two cents of bubble gum. It was here, after exiting the store that he was accused of whistling at then 21-year old Bryant. Two men, J.W. Bryant and half-brother Roy Bryant (husband of Carolyn Bryant) decided to take matters into their own hand, kidnapping Till three days later and brutally murdering him. The two admitted to the crime but were later acquitted.
But here’s where things get interesting. It turns out that wife Carolyn Bryant admits that she fabricated most of the story.
Read the excerpt below from Vanity Fair that highlights this new book in which Bryant details the fabricated story:
In a new book, The Blood of Emmett Till (Simon &; Schuster), Timothy Tyson, a Duke University senior research scholar, reveals that Carolyn—in 2007, at age 72—confessed that she had fabricated the most sensational part of her testimony. “That part’s not true,” she told Tyson, about her claim that Till had made verbal and physical advances on her. As for the rest of what happened that evening in the country store, she said she couldn’t remember. (Carolyn is now 82, and her current whereabouts have been kept secret by her family.)