All A Lie: Woman Who Accused Emmett Till Of Whistling At Her Admits She Made It All Up

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In 1955, Carolyn Bryant Donham insisted that the teen made “verbal and physical advances” at her. Timothy Tyson, the author of the bookThe Blood of Emmett Till decided to speak with her. Now, Donham is 82 years old and she’s finally decided to come clean.

“That part’s not true,” she told Tyson, when he asked her if Till was coming on to her. When the author asked her about what happened later that evening to Till, Donham said that she didn’t remember.

Tyson added that the elderly woman felt “tender sorrow” for Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. “When Carolyn herself [later] lost one of her sons, she thought about the grief that Mamie must have felt and grieved all the more,” Tyson told Vanity Fair Thursday (Jan. 26).

The writer added, “That case went a long way toward ruining her life” and Donham never “officially” repented from Till’s brutal, racism-fueled death.