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Decades later, Bryant disclosed that she had fabricated part of the testimony regarding her interaction with Till, specifically the portion where she accused Till of grabbing her waist and uttering obscenities; "that part's not true," Bryant stated in a 2008 interview with historian Timothy Tyson.
Several nights after the incident in the store, Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J. Milam were armed when they went to Till's great-uncle's house and abducted the boy.
"The open-coffin funeral held by Mamie Till Bradley exposed the world to more than her son Emmett Till's bloated, mutilated body. Tens of thousands attended his funeral or viewed his open casket, and images of his mutilated body were published in black-oriented magazines and newspapers, rallying popular black support and white sympathy across the U. Intense scrutiny was brought to bear on the lack of black civil rights in Mississippi, with newspapers around the U. In September 1955, an all-white jury found Bryant and Milam not guilty of Till's kidnapping and murder.Mamie largely raised Emmett with her mother; she and Louis Till separated in 1942 after she discovered that he had been unfaithful.