"We know it was a lie because that woman, Carolyn Donham, has since said as much. Emmett Till did not grab her, or make any sexual advances toward her that day. And now that the Justice Department is reopening its investigation into Till's lynching, there is hope that Rob Bryant and J.W. Milam, the men who kidnapped and murdered him, will be convicted for their crimes. We know they are guilty because they confessed in a paid interview with Look magazine in 1956.
"Well, what else could we do?" Milam is quoted as saying. "When a n----- gets close to mentioning sex with a white woman, he's tired o' living. I'm likely to kill him. Me and my folks fought for this country, and we got some rights."