Who Killed Emmett Till?

Who Killed Emmett Till? - Susan Klopfer This was not an easy book to read. Klopfer presents an in-depth look at the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, as well as the murders of civil rights activists like Cleve McDowell, Berdia Kegler and Adlena Hamlett.Klopfer began researching the Till murder when her husband accepted a job at Parchman Penitentiary, just outside the town of Drew, Missisippi (where the murder occurred). There were people still living in the town who remember the case and were willing to talk with her -- although almost always on the condition of anonymity.The two men accused of murdering Till were acquitted by an all-white jury -- and subsequently confessed what they had done in a magazine. Because of double jeopardy, they could not be retried. These are things that most people aware of the Emmett Till murder can tell you. What Klopfer brings to the table are first-person accounts of other lynchings, murders and bombings throughout the region as African-Americans asserted their right to equal protection under the law.This is an unflinching book that looks at inequality in a way that should make most people think very hard. Highly recommended.