A further look into Emmett Till case
Feds discuss reopening murder investigation 50 years later
By ANTHONY RAAP and JENNIFER-LEIGH OPRIHORY
Medill News Service
Doug Seccombe couldn’t believe his eyes when he peered into 14-year-old Emmett Till’s metal coffin.
Fifty years after the black teen’s brutal murder in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman, Till’s remains were exhumed in 2005 at south suburban Burr Oak Cemetery. Because of how much time had elapsed, Seccombe, an FBI agent who specializes in forensic evidence, figured Till’s body would be skeletonized. But the remains were remarkably well preserved.
“This blew me away,” Seccombe said during a Nov. 8 lecture about forensic investigations at Northwestern University’s Chicago campus.