Most of us know the story.
In 1955, Emmett Till was brutally beaten and killed while visiting family in Mississippi after a white woman named Carolyn Bryant claimed that he was “inappropriate” towards her – common lore is that he whistled at her. An all-white jury found the two accused men innocent, despite a mountain of evidence, and were never convicted.
While most people assumed that Till was innocent, a writer by the name of Timothy Tyson was actually able to track down Bryant and get her side of the story.
She lied. And her lies sentenced a 14-year-old boy from Chicago to a death that left his body unrecognizable when it was found days later.