FBI releases Emmett Till autopsy report Natalie Hrubos at 2:52 PM ET
[JURIST] The FBI released a 464-page report [text, PDF] Friday containing details from the autopsy of Emmett Till [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Till was fourteen when he was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Mississippi in August 1955 and murdered, reportedly for having whistled at a white woman. The publicity surrounding his brutal slaying helped propel the civil rights movement into a new era. The report stated that Till died of a gunshot wound to the head and that he had broken wrist bones and skull and leg fractures.
Two white men charged with Till's murder were acquitted by an all-white jury [PBS trial overview] though they later confessed [text] in a Look magazine interview. Both men have since passed away. Last month a grand jury in Mississippi refused to indict [JURIST report] the widow of one of the men on charges of manslaughter. FBI personnel began unearthing [JURIST report] a concrete vault containing the remains of Till in June 2006 in hopes of finding clues [JURIST report] about the exact circumstances of his death. AP has more.
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