The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

DVD - 2005
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The film that helped reopen one of history's most notorious cold case civil rights murders is the result of the director's 10-year journey to uncover the truth. In August, 1955, Mamie Till-Mobley of Chicago sent her only child, Emmett Louis Till, to visit relatives in the Mississippi Delta. Little did she know that only 8 days later, Emmett would be abducted from his Great-Uncle's home, brutally beaten and murdered for one of the oldest Southern taboos : whistling at a white woman in public. It was Beauchamp's nine years of investigation, summarized in the film, that was primarily responsible for the Justice Department reopening the case.
Publisher: [New York] : Thinkfilm, [2005]
Branch Call Number: 323.1196 AV DVD UNT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 70 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in

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bitsysmom
Mar 24, 2017

Gripping story of 14 year old Emmett Till who was taken out of his house in the middle of the night, brutally murdered and disfigured beyond recognition. The corrupt sheriff wanted to bury Emmett in a pine box the day his body was discovered. It tells of his mother who fought the authorities to take her son's body home. North. The courage of Emmett's mother to demand the his wooden casket be opened and to let the world see what the racial hatred in Mississippi had done to her son. Well worth your time.

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akirakato
Sep 05, 2013

This is a 2005 investigative film directed by Keith Beauchamp, who investigated the murder of Emmett Till, almost half a century after Till's death in 1955. His research and film led to the reopening of the case by the United States Department of Justice in May 2004. Emmett Till was brutally murdered. If you see his horrifying disfigured face, you will understand the nasty hatred the white murderers had built up in their prejudiced hostile minds. Even though a 14-year-old black boy whistles at a white woman and makes a bad joke, it would warrant a spanking, but not definitely murder. Protected against double jeopardy, Bryant and Milam (two suspected murderers) struck a deal with Look magazine in 1956 to tell their story to William Bradford Huie, a defending attorney, for about $4,000. Milam admitted to shooting Emmett Till and neither of them thought of themselves as guilty or that they had done anything wrong. *** Mindbogglingly unbelievable! *** In February 2007, a Leflore County grand jury found no credible basis for Beauchamp's claim that 14 people took part in Till's abduction and murder. Beauchamp was angry with the finding. The grand jury also failed to find sufficient cause for charges against Carolyn Bryant Donham whom Emmett was supposed to whistle at and who might have made up an exaggerated story that led to his murder. Neither the FBI nor the grand jury found any credible evidence that Henry Lee Loggins, identified by Beauchamp as a suspect who could be charged, had any role in the crime. *** Profoundly unbelievable! ***

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