FBI releases lengthy report on Emmett Till investigation

Thick document runs 464 heavily redacted pages
Associated Press

CHICAGO – Aside from autopsy details, a 464-page FBI report is so highly redacted that it doesn’t shed much new light on the brutal 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was killed for whistling at a white woman.

But the inclusion of a retyped transcript of the trial of two white men acquitted of the murder will be welcomed by historians who thought the official trial record had been lost.

The FBI report, released Friday and available online (, says federal investigators found no evidence of Ku Klux Klan involvement in Till’s kidnapping and murder, a crime that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

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