In this chapter, the author narrates his coverage of the trial of J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant, who were accused for the kidnapping and murder of fourteen-year-old Chicago boy, Emmett Till. With Judge Curtis M. Swango presiding, the trial began on September 19, 1955 at the courthouse in Sumner. Just over a week before the trial, the unedited, close-up photo of Till’s mutilated face was published in Jet, sparking a tremendous public reaction that the magazine quickly sold out. The trial was also covered by numerous white daily news organizations and three television networks. The author describes the events at the trial, from jury selection to the appearance of witnesses such as Moses Wright, Till’s mother Mamie Till Bradley, and Tallahatchie County Sheriff H. C. Strider.
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