For The First Time In Decades, We Have A Glimpse Of The Woman That Led To Emmitt Till’s Lynching


Just weeks after an unserved arrest warrant was found for Emmett Till’s accuser, Carolyn Bryant Donham has been found in Kentucky.

Last month, Till’s case received renewed attention after an unserved warrant for Donham’s arrest from almost 70 years ago was found.

According to the Daily Mail, 88-years-old Donham is currently living in Kentucky. A Daily Mail reporter asked her son, Thomas Bryant, 71, if his mother would comment on Till. He reportedly shook his head no with his mother standing behind him. The outlet claims she is legally blind and receives hospice care in her home.

Donham evaded the public eye for 20 years until Monday (August 1) when the Daily Mail shared exclusive photos of the now 88-year-old woman at her Kentucky home that she shares with her son.

In an unpublished memoir, Donham has admitted she lied in the case that led to the murder decades ago of the 14-year-old Emmett Till. She spoke about fabricating her trial testimony about Till making verbal and physical advances toward her.

Wayne Dupree recalled:

Back in 1955, a 21-year-old Mississippi woman by the name of Carolyn Bryant put in motion a chain of horrific events that led to the brutal torture and lynching death of a 14-year-old boy by the name of Emmett Till. Carolyn caused quite a stir when she claimed that Till “whistled” and grabbed at her outside the grocery store she and her husband owned. It was illegal for a black man to catcall a white woman, let alone “grab” at her, so when Carolyn told her husband, he went ballistic. He and his half-brother kidnapped Emmett from his aunt’s house, tortured him, and then lynched him.

Below is the most recent photo of Carolyn.

The ‘Daily Mail’ first broke this story:

Carolyn Bryant Donham, now 88, has managed to go unseen since 2004, going on to live a long life – and now spending her final days in apparent tranquility – despite her role in 14-year-old Emmett Till’s lynching in 1955.

At the time Donham was a 21-year-old married mother-of-two who accused the young black boy of whistling at her – a violation of the South’s racist societal codes –  at a Mississippi store, setting off his brutal murder.

Today, she is living in a small apartment community in Kentucky with her son, Thomas Bryant, 71, and their pet shih tzu, as seen in these exclusive photos.

Donham, who was wearing a nasal cannula looped over her ears and into her nose, suffers from cancer, is legally blind, and is receiving end of life hospice care in her home. When approached by, Donham stood by silently behind her son, who shook his head when asked if either would speak about Till.

Till’s beaten and mutilated body was thrown in the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi, weighted down with a large fan from a cotton gin, before being pulled out three days later on August 28.

Donham’s then husband Roy Bryant and his brother John Milam were later tried and acquitted of Till’s murder, while she went on to evade charges or any consequences in a case that shocked the world for its brutality. An unserved warrant for Donham’s arrest was discovered by a team led by relatives of Till last month, bringing the case back into focus.

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Sources: WayneDupree, Daily Mail