They took him away and beat and mutilated him before shooting him in the head and sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River.Three days later, Till's body was discovered and retrieved from the river.In the rural areas, economic opportunities for blacks were almost nonexistent.
I don't know why he just can't stay dead." The trial of Bryant and Milam received extensive press coverage.
Till's murder was seen as a catalyst for the next phase of the Civil Rights Movement.
Although initially local newspapers and law enforcement officials decried the violence against Till and called for justice, they responded to national criticism by defending Mississippians, temporarily giving support to the killers.
In September 1955, Bryant and Milam were acquitted by an all-white jury of Till's kidnapping and murder.
The defense team in the 1955 trial had questioned whether the body was that of Till.