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  1. What Happened to Emmett Till’s Killers David Phillippe Alex Frisina

  2. Early Life • Born July 25, 1941 in Chicago • Born to Louis and Mamie Till • Louis died in WWII • Emmett “Bobo” Till • All-Black middle class neighborhood • All-Black Elementary School

  3. Personality • Infectious Personality • Loved to tell jokes • Paid to hear jokes • Prankster • Loved to mess with people

  4. Mississippi Trip • August 1955 • Emmett and cousin Wheeler Parker went to Money, Mississippi • Great Uncle Moses Wright • Sharecropper and Minister

  5. Mississippi Trip • Mother told him to “mind his manners” • She knew the race relations were different in south • Lynching in the South • Took the law in their own hands

  6. The Event • Aug 24, 1955 • Candy and soda • Bryant’s Grocery • Roy and Carolyn Bryant • Just some Bubble Gum • “Bye Baby”

  7. The Murder • Aug 28 2:30am • J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant • A Brutal Murder • Charges? • Aug 31 • The Decomposed Body is found • Open Casket • Thousands wait to see

  8. The Trial • Kidnapping and Murder • Plea innocent • Moses Wright • Accuses Milam and Bryant of kidnapping Emmett • Sept. 23 • Acquitted on murder charges • 67 minutes • Outraged U.S. and Europe

  9. The Aftermath • Offered money to tell the story • Look Magazine • $4,000 each • Double Jeopardy • Had to make an example of him • Ostracized from white society and forced to move away • Milam died from cancer in 1980 • Bryant died from cancer in 1994