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It has been revealed that the woman who claimed Emmett Till whistled at her, Carolyn Bryant Donham, actually lied about the whole thing, then confessed in 2007.
The admission was given to author Timothy Tyson, and Vanity Fair just did a deep dive into his new book, The Blood of Emmett Till, where he reveals the confession. A whole life lost because a woman chose to lie on a young man. SO sad. Read an except from Vanity Fair below.
“Down through the decades, Carolyn Bryant Donham (she would divorce, then marry twice more) was a mystery woman. An attractive mother of two young boys, she had spent approximately one minute alone with Till before, in view of others, the alleged whistling had occurred. (He may not have whistled; he was said to have a lisp.) Carolyn then dropped out of sight, never speaking to the media about the incident. But she is hidden no more. 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.)”
Read the full Vanity Fair piece here.