Update: Manhunt rumors haunt Miss. town with troubled past

By HOLBROOK MOHR (AP) – 8 hours ago

SUMNER, Miss. — In the Mississippi Delta, nothing spreads faster than a rumor that an armed white mob chased black thieves through a cotton field. Throw in an armored personnel carrier and a racially charged past, and it’s no surprise federal investigators are checking it out.

Suspicion is especially deep in Sumner, population about 400, the town where two white men were tried and acquitted in the notorious 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, a black Chicago teenager lynched for whistling at a white woman.

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