The main witness in the 1955 trial of two white men who lynched black teenager Emmett Till after he allegedly whistled at a white woman recently has confessed to having fabricated crucial parts of her testimony.
In a new book The Blood of Emmett Till, author Timothy Tyson, a Duke University senior research scholar, reveals that in 2007 Carolyn Bryant Donham, at the age of 72, admitted that she had made up the most damning part of her testimony against Emmet Till.
“That part’s not true,” Donham reportedly told Tyson about her claim that Emmett made verbal and physical advances toward her.
According to Vanity Fair, she said that she couldn’t remember the rest of what happened that August evening in the store.
This book which is due to be published next week by Simon & Schuster, is the only ever written by someone who has ever had the opportunity to interview Donham.